2016 Clinical Research Scholars

Nicole Rich, M.D.

Nicole Rich, M.D.
Nicole Rich, M.D.

Dr. Rich is a Fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases. She earned her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She subsequently moved to Texas and completed her internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Her research interest is in the area of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Specifically, she is interested in identifying factors associated with racial disparities, disease progression, and prognosis in patients with NAFLD.

 

Drew Thodeson, M.D.

Drew Thodeson, M.D.
Drew Thodeson, M.D.

Dr. Thodeson is an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and completed medical school at Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics and Child Neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He moved to Dallas in 2014 completing fellowship training at UT Southwestern in Pediatric Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. His clinical interest is in early childhood epileptic encephalopathies, specifically infantile spasms. His research interest is in genetic causes of childhood epilepsy. His research goal is to develop a platform to elucidate biological processes underlying the pathophysiology of pediatric epilepsy syndromes using stem cells.

 

Leandra Uribe Woolnough, M.D.

Leandra Uribe Woolnough, M.D.
Leandra Uribe Woolnough, M.D.

Dr. Woolnough is a Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. She earned her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. She returned to her hometown of Dallas to earn her medical degree at UT Southwestern. Dr. Woolnough completed her residency training in General Pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Her research utilizes ultrasound to capture inflammatory changes in the joints of children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

 

Metin Yavuz, DEng

Metin Yavuz, DEng
Metin Yavuz, DEng

Dr. Yavuz is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Physical Therapy at UNTHSC. He conducted his doctoral studies at the Cleveland Clinic and obtained his degree in Applied Biomedical Engineering from Cleveland State University. His research focuses on lower extremity biomechanics and prevention of pressure and diabetic foot ulcers through medical devices his team develops.

 

Yu (Ray) Zuo, M.D.

Yu (Ray) Zuo, M.D.
Yu (Ray) Zuo, M.D.

Dr. Zuo is an Assistant Instructor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatic disease. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Before attending medical school he spent two years doing research at Baylor College of Medicine. He participated in research projects investigating gene therapy to treat cystic fibrosis and hemophilia. He was captivated by medical research and decided to go to medical school to become a clinician researcher. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch and a Rheumatology Fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical interest is in autoimmune thrombotic and obstetric disorders. His research focuses on understanding the clinical epidemiology of antiphospholipid syndromes (APS), its different clinical manifestations (criteria vs non-criteria), the clinical significance of criteria and non-criteria APS antibodies, and role of risk factors for and triggers of APS.