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Program Leadership and Staff

Program Director

Gurjit Khurana HersheyGurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD

BS: University of Iowa, 1985 
PhD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 1990 
MD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 1992

After completing pediatric residency and an allergy/immunology fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hershey joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research is focused on identifying the genetic and environmental factors that promote asthma pathogenesis and dissecting the mechanisms by which they confer risk.Aside from serving as director of the Medical Scientist Training program, she directs the the Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Associate Directors

Rocky EllisRocky Ellis, MD
Graduate & Medical Studies

BS: University of Cincinnati, 1997
MD: University of Cincinnati,
College of Medicine, 2002

Dr. Ellis is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has a strong interest in medical education and is the Family Medicine Clerkship Director. As part of the MSTP, he coordinates academic and specialty choice advising.

Tim Le CrasTim Le Cras, PhD
Admissions & Recruitment

BS: Brunel University, UK, 1987 
PhD: Cambridge University, UK, 1992

Dr. LeCras's research focuses on the pathogenesis of chronic lung diseases, including asthma, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.  He has also worked on the regulation of pulmonary vasculature development, the early life origins of lung diseases, and is especially interested in developing new therapeutic targets for lung diseases. As a part of the MSTP, he oversees the Admissions and Recruitment process.

Kathryn WikenheiserKathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD 
Curriculum Development

BS: University of Mary, 1988
PhD: University of Cincinnati, 1994
MD: University of Cincinnati, 1996

Following her residency at the Washington University Hospital in St. Louis, Dr. Wikenheiser-Brokamp returned to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor in the divison of Pediatric Pathology. Her research interests focus on pediatric and adult lung diseases. As part of the MSTP, she focuses on curriculum and professional development opportunities for students.

Senior Physician Scientist Advisor Program Directors

Melanie CushionMelanie Cushion, PhD

BS: St. Joseph’s College
PhD: St. Thomas Institute
Fellowship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dr. Cushion serves as professor of Internal Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Research at the UC College of Medicine. Dr. Cushion oversees all research areas, core research facilities, and doctoral training programs within the medical school. She presides over the College of Medicine Research Council and works closely with research leadership across the university and its clinical and research partners. Dr. Cushion’s laboratory focuses on fungi in the genus Pneumocystis and pre-clinical drug development.

Louis MugliaArnold Strauss, MD

MD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

From 2007 through 2014, Dr. Strauss served as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children's and director of the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation. He is the seventh B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair in Pediatrics. A respected scientist, Dr. Strauss' research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of disorders of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and the genetic causes of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies.

Program Staff

Jennifer Rindler FridrichJennifer Rindler Fridrich, MBA
Program Director

Jenny received her Bachelor of Business Administration, specialization in marketing from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.  She has experience in program administration and development at academic medical centers.  After working for a few years, she returned to Ohio State and earned her MBA through the Working Professionals MBA program at the Fisher College of Business.  Today she manages the MSTP office including program recruitment, finance and daily operations.

Sara CohenceSara Cohen
Program Coordinator

Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Business from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, graduating with highest distinction with a major in marketing and minors in theatre and dance.  She brings an eclectic background with seven years of marketing and advertising experience working in account/client service and project management.  Today, she serves as the Program Coordinator for the MSTP, planning events and handling day-to-day communications and operations.

Contact Us

Medical Scientist
Training Program

Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670552
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0552

Mail Location: 0552