FACULTY & STAFF

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Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD (Associate Director for Minority Health & Health Disparities Research) is Professor of Oncology and Associate Director of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research at Lombardi. Dr. Adams-Campbell has participated and led several large cohort studies of African-American women, and much of her focuses on energy balance — diet and exercise. Prior to joining Lombardi, Dr. Adams-Campbell was director of the Howard University Cancer Center for 13 years. Born and raised in DC she has played a leading role in the DC cancer and public health community. She is an internationally recognized expert in minority health and health disparities research and was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine and inducted into the DC Hall of Fame. Dr. Adams-Campbell received her undergraduate (biology) and master's degree (biomedical science) from Drexel University, and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sherrie Flynt Wallington, PhD (Health Communication Scientist) is Assistant Professor of Oncology. Her research interests focus on using community-based and community-based participatory research approaches to explore the role of health communication in reducing and eliminating health disparities among minority and underserved populations. Dr. Wallington recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Wallington attended Howard University and received a Ph.D. in mass communication, specializing in health communication and also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Chiranjeev Dash, MBBS, MPH, PhD (Cancer Epidemiologist) is Associate Professor of Oncology. His research interests focus on colorectal and prostate cancer screening and nutritional epidemiology of cancer, particularly the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in cancer causation and prevention. Dr. Dash recently completed his PhD in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and also holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology) and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (MBBS).

Everett Dodson (Community Health Educator) develops and implements community outreach plans that effectively address the current needs of DC communities. Mr. Dodson is a nationally recognized expert on community and men's health issues. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director's Consumer Liaison Group, and is a member of the NCI Clinical Trials Advisory Committee and Patient Advocate Steering Committee. His efforts as a health advocate have been recognized by The Prostate Net. Mr. Dodson is a member of the National Alliance of African American Prostate Cancer Advocates, and is a former chairperson for the Mid Atlantic Region of the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer. Mr. Dodson has over twelve years of experience in community engagement and men's health.

Mary Gleason, NP (Family Nurse Practitioner) will complete medical screening for research participants. She has experience caring for patients with hematologic and oncologic malignancies across the continuum of care. She also has experience providing supportive care and education involving clinical research protocols in the bone marrow transplant setting. Ms. Gleason received her undergraduate degrees in journalism and nursing from Northwestern University and University of Virginia, and her master of science in nursing from Georgetown University.

Rhonda Hamilton, MPA (Community Laision)  received her master's degree in public administration from Southeastern University and bachelors in psychology from University of the District of Columbia. She was raised in the District and has spent the past 10 years working in her community to help public housing residents. She is also very active in advocating on behalf of the community to address environmental issue associated with proposed development projects that may have a negative impact on the health and well-being of community residents.

Kepher Makambi, PhD (Biostatistician) is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. His research focuses on the development and application of statistical methods for cohort studies, clinical trials, and cancer epidemiology focused on addressing health disparities. Dr. Makambi supports the research efforts conducted by health disparities researchers. Dr. Makambi received his doctorate in applied statistics from the University of Dortmund, Germany. He has served as a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.

Sarah J Oppeneer Nomura, PhD (Research Instructor) completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Oppeneer as has a B.S. and M.S. in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Her primary research interest is the role of diet, including environmental chemicals in the food supply (i.e. bisphenol A, phthalates), in cancer risk, prevention and survivorship. Dr. Oppeneer is interested in how nutritional and chemical exposures vary across vary across different segments of the population, how these differences might contribute to cancer disparities, and developing intervention approaches for reducing these disparities.

Bridget Oppong, MD (Assistant Professor of Surgery) Throughout her medical training, Dr. Oppong has maintained an interest in disparities research impacting women's health, specifically in breast cancer outcomes, triple negative breast cancer and young women's fertility after cancer diagnosis. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MD and General Surgery Residency from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She obtained additional training as a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Vanessa Sheppard, PhD (Assistant Director and Associate Professor) is focused on understanding and improving access to and adherence of medical therapies and support shown to benefit patients and breast cancer survivors. Dr. Sheppard's interdisciplinary work is geared towards endocrine research therapy in Black and White breast cancer patients and to test interventions to reduce risk of recurrence in Black overweight and obese cancer patients. She attended James Madison University, and received her MA from Norfolk State University (Urban Ser/Sociology), her PhD from Old Dominion University (Health Ser. Res. Comm. Health), (Epidemiology Health Srv. Res.) her post-doctoral work from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and fellowship from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Jennifer Sween, MS (Exercise Physiologist) develops and conducts exercise interventions for clinical trials which focus on physical activity and cancer risk and prevention. She also helps to create community-based exercise programs designed to reduce cancer disparities among the underserved and ethnic minority populations. Ms Sween received her MS in exercise physiology at Howard University.

Vivian Watkins (Research Coordinator) is responsible for coordinating and implementing recruitment strategies for the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research as well as the Capitol Breast Care Center. As a DC native she is particularly interested in increasing awareness regarding health disparities and minority research as it related to participation in clinical trials and research studies in the Washington, DC area. She aids in fostering the offices relationship with the surrounding community as well as increasing its visibility through her participation in various health fairs, community church sponsored events, and health education workshops. Ms. Watkins has over 10 years of experience in cancer and tobacco research at Howard University Cancer Center.