Three VCU faculty joined the leadership team of the Wright Center – official today. They bring a breadth of expertise and experience to the center’s mission of providing the infrastructure and resources that promote interdisciplinary human health research at VCU.
Robert Winn, M.D., who became director of VCU’s Massey Cancer Center in December, joins the Wright Center leadership team as an expert in lung cancer and community-based health care, including creating community-to-bench health models that combine discovery and implementation sciences into a single health delivery and research system. Winn will bring expertise to community collaboration and recruitment, translational workforce development in underrepresented communities, and faculty training techniques for improving diversity.
Winn comes from University of Illinois at Chicago where he has served as director of their cancer center and as associate vice chancellor of health affairs for community-based practice at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System.
Robert L. Findling, M.D., MBA, joins Wright from the Department of Psychiatry, which he became the chair of last year. Findling is a renowned child psychiatrist and has over 20 years of experience conducting clinical research in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry fields – with expertise in pediatric psychopharmacology, acute efficacy studies, long-term treatment studies, characterization of young people with mental illness, and how to conduct successful clinical trials. He has served as principal investigator and as a coordinating principal investigator on multi-site clinical trials and longitudinal studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Vimal K. Mishra, M.D., an associate professor of medicine and health administration, joins the Wright Center as a researcher who has been heavily involved in the development of VCU’s telemedicine program. Misha will oversee informatics methods to enhance community engagement, such as Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes), which builds mentoring based learning networks that connect subject-matter experts to practicing providers, clinicians and social health care professionals across Virginia. Currently, Project ECHO offers services in the areas of opioid addiction, sickle cell disease management and palliative care.
Welcome to the Wright Center team!