Jerris R. Hedges, MD, MS, MMM, Professor and Dean of JABSOM, served as the PI of the RCTR (RMATRIX) (U54MD007584) in 2010–2013 and as MPI following the renewal in 2014 to the present. Prior to this, he oversaw the RCMI Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative (RCRII) (P20RR11091). Formerly, as Vice Dean of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, he contributed to the development of the institution’s initial CTSA. As a physician specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Hedges has a strong background in clinical medicine, having served as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at OHSU for 7 years. He has been the lead-site investigator on several multi-center NIH-funded grants and, most recently, served as the Portland PI for the NHLBI Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (U01HL77873). His long history of clinical and translational research, mentorship and leadership in emergency medicine led to his election to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2000. If the U54 RCMI is funded, he will transition from his RMATRIX PI role, but continue as a Senior Advisor.
Noreen Mokuau, MSW, DSW, Professor and Dean of MBTSSW, has served as MPI of NIMHD RMATRIX (U54MD007584) since 2014. She is nationally recognized for her work with minority populations and is serving a second term on the Commission on Diversity & Social Justice of the Council of Social Work Education. She conducts community-engaged, health disparities research on chronic disease and aging in the Native Hawaiian community. She currently serves as Co-Investigator of Hā Kūpuna – National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders. She is also PI for a training grant for Native Hawaiian students funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. As the first Native Hawaiian woman with a doctorate in social work, she is committed to support the pipeline of Native Hawaiian students in higher education and careers in health disparities research.
Bruce Shiramizu, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Research in Pediatrics and Professor of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, will serve as the Program Director (PD). His experience as the Executive Program Director of RMATRIX since its inception in 2010 provides a strong foundation for his role in Ola HAWAII (he will relinquish this role in RMATRIX once funded). He will serve as the main liaison between the Ola HAWAII AC and the Core Directors. With previous RCMI support, Dr. Shiramizu competed successfully for two NIH R21 grants, as well as two R01 grants (R01NS053345, R01MH102196) and is now PI of HIPACT (UG1HD090879). Dr. Shiramizu has been a constant fixture in numerous RTRN Cluster activities and is a highly valued clinical and translational research mentor.
David Easa, MD, an Emeritus Professor and American Lung Association Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics with nearly 40 years of clinical research experience, is the Senior Advisor (SA) for Ola HAWAII. He previously served as Director of Neonatology at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children for over 25 years, and as the Program Director for the RCRII Clinical Researh Center in 2000–2013. Importantly, he has been involved in most of the large NIH program grants at JABSOM over the past 22 years.
Susan Ordinado, BA, is the Ola HAWAII Program Administrator. Ms. Ordinado has served as the Project Coordinator for the Clinical Center for Research Excellence (CCRE), called the Pacific Center for Early Human Development, in 2005–2008. She then served as the Project Coordinator for the RTRN Research Coordinating Center in 2008–2011, and subsequently as the Program Administrator for the G12 RCMI from 2011 to the present.
Bradley Jones, PhD, Senior Technical Specialist is responsible for general IT services for Ola HAWAII. Dr. Jones will be responsible for developing and maintaining an informational web-site for Ola HAWAII, as well as manage the on-line research and pilot project application process developed in RedCap. Dr. Jones provides technical expertise and programming for development of both the backend and frontend components of Ola HAWAII’s information technology needs.