2018 Clinical Research Scholars
Ricardo La Hoz, M.D.
Dr. La Hoz received his medical degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. His activities in the American Society of Transplantation led to his election as an Executive Committee Member of the Infectious Diseases Community of Practice and served his term from 2016 to 2018. Additionally, he has been an At Large Member of the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network/United Network of Organ Sharing Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee since 2016 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair. His research interests are focused on the prevention and treatment of infectious complications in hematopoietic stem cell and solid organ transplant recipients. Using innovative data mining tools, he has developed a retrospective and prospective database of solid organ transplant recipients at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Elizabeth Davenport, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Davenport is the MEG Scientist and Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern in the Advanced NeuroScience Imaging Research (ANSIR) lab. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering with an instrumentation concentration from NC State University, and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Tech – Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering. Her primary research interests involve processing and analyzing medical images to better understand the brain, especially the effects from traumatic brain injury. Her current research focus is investigating the effects of Alzheimer's Disease, as well as sub-concussive head impacts on youth football players through the analysis of magnetic resonance images (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG).
Arthur Hong, M.D.
Dr. Hong studied economics and medicine at the University of Michigan, completed internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and finished a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Population Medicine. His main research interest is in understanding how patients and clinicians interact within the health care system; specifically including care delivery innovation, improving the value and quality of care, and evaluating health policy.
Toy Ogunkua, M.D.
Dr. Ogunkua is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, within the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia. He earned his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and History at the University of Maryland and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ogunkua came to UT Southwestern to complete his residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He then completed a clinical fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia at UT Southwestern where he developed an interest in obstetric hemorrhage and health disparities. Currently, his research focuses on using antifibrinolytics to limit blood loss in obstetric patients and quantifying coagulopathy through viscoelastic tests.
Pearlie Chong, M.D.
Pearlie Chong, MD, MSCR, a Transplant Infectious Diseases physician and Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care is interested in the application of epidemiological methods in addressing clinical questions that arise in the day-to-day care of solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients. Dr. Chong is currently working on a pilot study of transplant patients with norovirus-associated diarrhea.