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Faculty Research

Departments involved in research include biomedical informatics/medical education, public health, family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, immunology, and psychiatry/behavioral medicine. Each of these departments has a number of faculty members engaged in research efforts to understand the mechanisms tied to disease activity to target treatment more effectively, develop approaches to improve diagnosis of disease states, and understand economic costs tied to disease burden and reduce their impact on the health care system, as well as improve patient quality of life. KPCOM faculty not only engage other NSU faculty members and students but collaborate with faculty out of NSU, industry experts, and corporations. It is this unique collaborative approach to research that allows NSU’s KPCOM faculty members to expand the depth of knowledge they provide to the scientific community.



The medical education and bioinformatics department provides support for the design, development, and delivery of high-quality instruction and assessment in medical education for medical students, interns, residents, physicians, and other health professionals. The medical education department, which provides resources and expertise in education, assessment, and data analysis, use a variety of state-of-the-art technology tools and focus on research efforts to improve clinical practice management and patient care.


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Steve Bronsburg, Ph.D., M.S., M.H.S.A., is an assistant professor and continues his research in utilizing technology as a tool to address health care issues. Specifically, his current research efforts aim to explore the role of text messaging and Fitbit on chronic disease self-management among underserved populations. Bronsburg has also explored the use of text messaging and motivational interviewing to enhance a tobacco cessation program aimed at increasing quit rates.




jacobs-robin-headshot.jpgRobin J. Jacobs, PhD, MSW, MS, MPH is a professor in Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and the Director of Graduate Medical Education. She also serves as a statistical Consultant for the HPD Statistical Consulting Center and Institutional Review Board (IRB) College Representative. Dr. Jacobs completed her doctoral training in social welfare at the FIU under a two-year research fellowship and has earned master’s degrees in biomedical informatics, public health, and social work, a bachelor’s degree in community health education and promotion, and a specialist degree in complementary alternative medicine. Dr. Jacobs is an internationally known researcher whose work includes 225 scholarly works including more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on various topics as well as two book chapters on evidence-based practice. She has served as a principal investigator, co-investigator, and statistical analyst with extensive experience in developing or being part of the development/implementation of several NIH- and CDC-funded research projects involving technology-driven platforms addressing health literacy, chronic disease self-management, and HIV. She has served on numerous Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) scientific review committees and peer-review scientific editorial boards. Additionally, she served as a reviewer for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). She has a varied research background in health informatics and eHealth, behavioral health, medical education, public health, pharmacy education, and the social sciences. She currently serves as co-investigator on a multi-year project supported by the US National Institutes of Health to create health literacy tools to help people find, understand, and use information to maintain and improve their health. Her research focus has recently pivoted to medical education research, specifically to assess and reform the culture underlying medical education vis a vis undergraduate and graduate research training.


The public health department focuses on health of the population through education, research, and service, with emphasis on multicultural and underserved populations. The departments research efforts are geared toward defining, critically assessing, and resolving public health problems globally. The department aims to promote health, prevent disease, develop and evaluate programs, and enhance clinical practice through their research efforts and clinical practice.



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Cyril Blavo, DO, MPH, TM, FACOP, is a practicing board-certified Pediatrician, as well as, Director of the Public Health Program. His initiatives and research efforts focus on promoting, developing and supporting health promotion and disease prevention for underserved populations, both domestically and globally. Dr. Blavo’s board based research efforts aim to address emerging and re-emerging diseases, environmental health concerns, health care reform, proliferation of agents and weapons of mass destruction, sociopolitical factors affecting the nation’s health and health care systems, and the expansion of global health issues. Specifically, he has focused on beliefs and behaviors of diabetic patients related to foot care, health promotion initiative to increase awareness of breast cancer and its de-stigmatization among individuals residing in Zambia, cervical cancer knowledge among college women, hospital utilization costs tied to treatment of hyperlipidemia, and long-term complications tied to diabetes.

Headshot of Nicole CookNicole Cook, PhD, MPA, focuses on research assessing experience of care of vulnerable  populations, developing a social media campaign using empathy mapping for people with  fecal incontinence, and managing and evaluating care management and disease  management programs for publically-funded and health center patients including asthma,  behavioral health and diabetes. She continues to participate in research and community-  based initiatives including patient experience, virtual world applications for health care, and technology-based quality improvement. She currently serves as the Project Director of a PCORI funded Tier 1 award to develop a Fecal Incontinence in Primary Care consortium. In this role, she works closely with patients, caregivers, researchers, primary care providers (including nurses, pharmacists and dieticians) and other stakeholders who are passionate about improving knowledge and science for people with this condition.


Barbara Arcos is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine. The focus of her department is to bring together clinical practice medicine and research efforts.



Headshot of Marie Florent CarreMarie Florent-Carre, DO, MPH, is the director of the Department of Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine. Her research efforts focus on foreign borne illnesses including Zika, Dengue Fever, and Ebola. She is currently the Principle Investigator of a grant cosponsored by Broward Regional Health Planning Council for the Transforming Our Community’s Health project. She is also involved in outreach that has aided in her research efforts including international outreach trips to Jamaica, Haiti, and Ecuador. Her research efforts have received extensive recognition, especially tied to her expertise in Zika virus, where she has been involved in multiple panels attended by health care professionals and public officials.


The Department of Geriatrics aims to improve the care of older adults and the elderly population. They seek to bring awareness to illnesses and co-morbid conditions that impact the aging population. The research efforts of this department aim to improve older adult patient care, increase awareness of conditions affecting this population, and increase the potential for earlier prevention.



Headshot of Naushira PandyaNaushira Pandya, MD, CMD is Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Geriatrics. She is the Principal Investigator and Project Director of the federally- funded Geriatrics Education Center at NSU. She is a reviewer for geriatrics journals and has published in the areas of diabetes, osteoporosis, hypopituitarism, and anemia in the elderly.


The Department of Internal Medicine aims to improve care for adults. They seek to bring awareness to illnesses that impact the adult population and practice in both the inpatient hospital setting, as well as, in the outpatient setting. The research efforts of this department focus on preventative medicine strategies, as well as, illness management. The department aims to improve conditions affecting adults and increase the potential for earlier prevention and intervention to reduce the development of co-morbid complication as these individuals age.



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Samuel Snyder, DO is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. His research efforts focus on gaining insight into the effectiveness of internal medicine programs and understanding unmet needs.


The Department of Pediatrics aims to improve the care of adolescents and young adults. They seek to bring awareness to illnesses and conditions that impact a younger generation of patients. The research efforts of this department aim to improve young adult and adolescent patient care, increase awareness of conditions affecting this population, and increase the potential for prevention.



Headshot of Hilda DeGaetanoHilda DeGaetano, DO, MSEd., FACOP, FAAP is Senior Assistant Dean of Pre-Clinical Education/Professor and a practicing pediatrician. She has made significant contributions to research, scholarship, and exceptional instruction. Her research efforts focus on implementation of clinical education programs, as well as, whether changes and/or additions should be made to such programs.


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology aims to aid in the care of women before, during, and after pregnancy. The research efforts of this department focus on illness that impact the urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.



Headshot of Renee AlexisRenee Alexis, MD, MPH is not only a practicing OBGYN but also focuses on the research of ailments that impact overall women’s health. Her current research efforts focus on gaining insight into cervical pathology and aiding clinicians in making more informed decisions and reducing the economic, physical and, emotional burden tied to current diagnostic protocols by evaluating alternative diagnostic approaches.


The department of immunology, as part of the Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine aims to provide insight into complex, poorly understood neuro-inflammatory illnesses through the integration of research, clinical care, and education. Current research focuses at the Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine (INIM) includes Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Gulf War Illness (GWI). Investigators, clinicians, and educators are committed to applying scientific advances to promote efficiency, enhance patient care, and improve clinical utility. This advancement is done through clinical, laboratory, computational, and integrative cardiovascular immunological research, all of which are conducted at the INIM by renowned researchers in their respective fields.



Headshot of Nancy KlimasNancy G. Klimas, MD is internationally recognized for her research and clinical efforts in multi-symptom disorders, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Gulf War illness (GWI), Parkinson’s disease, and Fibromyalgia. Under her leadership, NSU’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine was established and has grown to more than 60 employees and more than $20 million in external federal funding (sponsored research, training, and service programs). Among many other honors, Klimas was the recipient of the 2014 Perpich Award by the International Association for CFS/ME (IACFS/ME) for distinguished community service. She also was featured as a “Woman to Watch” on WFOR CBS 4. She is also professor emerita at the University of Miami School of Medicine, director of clinical immunology research at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), and leads the GWI and ME/CFS clinical and research program at the Miami VA. Klimas is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate in diagnostic laboratory immunology. She is a past president of the IACFS/ME and is also a member of the VA Research Advisory Committee for GWI, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) P2P CFS committee, and served on the Institute of Medicine’s ME/CFS review panel. She has advised three U.S. secretaries of health and human services during her repeated service on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CFS Advisory Committee. She is currently funded by the VA, Department of Defense, and NIH to study these complex disorders using a systems biology approach with a strong focus on illness models that lead to therapeutic targets and clinical trials.

Headshot of Lubov NathansonLubov Nathanson, PhD is assistant professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine (INIM). Her research efforts focus on understanding complex, poorly understood neuroimmune conditions including ME/CFS and GWI using modern genomic technologies, such as an RNA sequencing, copy number variation, and genomic DNA methylation to identify underlying mechanisms of disease activity and target treatment more effectively. She is well funded through the NIH for her research efforts in ME/CFS as well as through the VA an DoD for her efforts tied to GWI.


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine focuses on the evaluation, identification and management of psychiatric conditions. The department combines clinical practice expertise with research efforts to gain insight into the dynamics of psychiatric conditions and gain insight into improved diagnosis and treatment. While the medical specialty of psychiatry utilizes research in the field of neuroscience, psychology, medicine, biology, biochemistry, and pharmacology, it has generally been considered a middle ground between neurology and psychology. Psychiatrists at NSU use a combination approach to treatment and in their research efforts including drug therapy, laboratory testing, neuroimaging techniques, and physical examinations.



Headshot of Raymond OwnbyRaymond Ownby, MD, PhD, MBA is a professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and also a professor in the Public Health and Biomedical Informatics Programs. He completed his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Miami during which he received awards from the National Institutes of Health as an Outstanding Psychiatry Resident as well as the American Psychiatric Association’s Resident Research Award. While at the University of Miami, he also completed the MBA program with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration and Policy. He has been selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America and is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Clinical Neuropsychology, and Neuropsychiatry. He has published more than 100 research articles and has been the recipient of several research grants from the National Institutes of Health. He is Board Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
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