Research Track Curriculum

Emory University School of Medicine has maintained a remarkable research trajectory over the past 20 years. We have consistently been one of the fastest growing research institutions among NIH awardees.

We have a large and diverse clinical and research faculty  that collaborates with several other local research institutions such as Center for Disease Control, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Rollins School of Public Health among others to further cutting edge research.

In addition, since 1997, medical researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine have collaborated with the engineering faculty at Georgia Tech to develop a joint biomedical engineering program ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

All of our residency training programs provide a very large and broad patient mix at four large metropolitan hospitals.

One of the major missions of the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency training program at Emory University is to train the future leaders in academic Medicine. To further facilitate our efforts in meeting this goal, we have established a Clinician Scientist Pathway for Internal Medicine trainees.

The Clinical Scientist Pathway program is an ABIM approved pathway geared towards providing protected research training for Internal Medicine residents. Trainees participating in this pathway must be prospectvely identified and registered with the ABIM. Residents who choose this pathway will complete a standardized two-year training curriculum and transition into a research pathway in their pre-identified subspecialty. 

Learn more about the curriculum in the Department of Medicine subspecialities of cardiology, hematology/oncology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, pulmonary, allergy, critical care and sleep medicine, rheumatology, and renal medicine.

How to Apply

Applications are processed through ERAS ONLY.

Applicants must describe research interests, and subspecialty training interests in personal statements.


Karen Law

Karen Law, MD
Residency Program Director

Vin Tangpricha

Vin Tangpricha MD, PhD
Program Director (Endocrinology)

Marcela Santamaria-Appling
Fellowship Coordinator (Endocrinology and Rheumatology)

Rotation Schedule

Emory Residency Research Track Curriculum

Current trainees

Claudia Baumann

Claudia Baumann, MD, PhD

Dr. Baumann obtained her medical degree from the University of Bonn, Germany. She is a Hematology/Oncology fellow at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University.

She just transitioned from the clinical part of fellowship to laboratory-based research with Dr. Lily Yang, investigating the effects of chemotherapy delivered via nanoparticles in murine models targeting solid tumors.  She enjoys the outdoors and being active by going hiking/biking. 

Turang Behbahani

Turang E. Behbahani, MD, PhD
Hematology / Oncology
Chief Fellow Research Track

Dr. Behbahani received his medical degree from the University of Bonn, Germany, and joined Emory's ABIM research track in 2013. 

He has since completed the clinical year of his Hematology/Oncology fellowship and has joined Dr. Eric Sorscher’s lab, where he investigates novel approaches to immunotherapy in solid tumors, specifically the role of PNP and checkpoint blockade.

Dr. Behbahani currently serves as the chief fellow of the ABIM research track. In his spare time he enjoys to spend time with his family and to explore new hiking trails in the mid-west. 

Sanjay Chandraskekaran

Sanjay Chandrasekaran, MD

Dr. Chandrasekaran attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle and subsequently entered the research track in IM/Hematology-Oncology at Emory University. His research interests are in cancer biomarkers, specifically those identifying onset of treatment resistance and early signs of disease progression. In his spare time he likes to cook, run, and spend time with friends and family.

Andres Chang

Andres Chang, MD, PhD

Dr. Chang did his MD/PhD at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a PhD in biochemistry. He has recently started his clinical year as a Hematology/Oncology fellow.  One of his favorite activities is spending time with his wife and two daughters, playing basketball and soccer

Olivia Hung

Olivia Hung, MD

Emory Hsu


Emory Hsu, MD

Dr. Hsu is conducting research on osteoporosis and microbiota as an Endocrinology Fellow at Emory University. He graduated with a degree in Biochemical Sciences with honors from Harvard University and from medical school at Vanderbilt University, during which he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute “Cloisters” Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C

Hassan Khan

Hassan Khan, MD

Dr. Khan trained as a cardiovascular epidemiologist and has an interest in heart failure. His work deals with assessing emerging risk predictors for heart failure and strategies for prevention of heart failure hospitalizations and improving survival. Dr. Khan works on large population data, clinical trials and functional studies. 

Wendy Neveu

Wendy A. Neveu, MD
Pulmonary/Critical Care

Dr. Neveu completed her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University where she received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. She continued on to the University of Vermont Medical School where she obtained her MD, PhD in cellular and molecular biology. Dr Neveu’s interests are epigenetic regulations of fibrotic suppressor genes by TGF beta-1 in lung fibrosis. She is also interested in effects on chronic alcohol ingestion on systemic and local adaptive immune responses in the lung.

Anita Saraf, MD

Eric Shin

Eric Shin, MD

Dr. Shin attended Indiana University School of Medicine.  He is currently conducting animal based research within the Department of Cardiology, studying cell based therapy for use in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury, specifically investigating changes in the innate immune response.

In his spare time, Dr. Shin enjoys training for half ironman triathlons, swimming and barbequing at the Georgia lakes, hiking in north Georgia Appalachia, trying new beers and breweries, and utilizing the world’s busiest airport.

Samuel Stampfer

Samuel D. Stampfer, MD, PhD
Infectious Diseases

Dr. Stampfer grew up in Brookline, MA. He attended Tufts University for medical school where he also completed a PhD in biochemistry with focus on the structural biology of herpesvirus entry. His current research interests include infectious diseases, particularly emerging viruses. His personal hobbies are mountain climbing, ultimate frisbee, and playing board games.

Boghuma Titanji

Boghuma Titanji, MD, PhD, MSc
Infectious Diseases

Dr. Titanji is originally from Cameroon. After graduating from medical school and working as a physician for two years, she moved to London for post-graduate research training. She completed a PhD at University College London (UCL) following a M.Sc. in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests are mainly tropical diseases and emerging viral infectious diseases with a focus on the mechanisms of HIV transmission and antiretroviral drug resistance.  Dr. Titanji is passionate about translational research that directly impacts healthcare policy and the ethics of medical research on disadvantaged populations. In 2013, as a TED speaker, she shed light on the ethics of scientific research in vulnerable communities and continue to promote the improvement of research within the African continent. Through her training as a physician-scientist at Emory, she hopes to continue to combine research with clinical practice and influence global health policy in infectious diseases. In her spare time, Dr. Titanji loves to hike, try new food spots in the city and explore the Atlanta Jazz scene.

Jane Tittering

Jane Titterington, MD

Matthew Topel

Matthew Topel, MD

Dr. Topel completed a dual-degree MD/Master’s of Science in Clinical Research program at Emory University in 2013. After finishing his two years of Internal Medicine residency training at Emory, he started his clinical research fellowship in Cardiology in July 2015.  Dr. Topel’s research interests include cardiovascular risk and resilience profiles in different minority and other disadvantaged populations.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin and their dog, Russell, ideally on the Beltline or enjoying a cold beverage at one of the many awesome restaurant/bar patios around town.  He is an avid fan of Duke Basketball and tries to support his Atlanta pro teams as much as he can. He is always looking for a good game of pick-up soccer.

Bradley Witbrodt

Bradley Witbrodt, MD

Ian Wong

Ian Wong, MD, PhD
Pulmonary/Critical Care

Dr. Wong is an ABIM research track resident for pulmonary/critical care medicine. He recently defended his PhD in 2016, "Biomarker discovery in exome data", and his interests lie in translational informatics applications, big data, and decision support at the point of care. 


PDF version of our current trainees in the ABIM Research Track within the Emory University J. Willis Hurst Residency Program.


Vikas Gupta

Vikas Gupta, MD

Dr. Gupta graduated from the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship in 2015. During his time in fellowship he worked in Larry Boise’s lab studying factors that regulate the Bcl-2 family in multiple myeloma. After completing his fellowship, he joined the faculty as a research instructor in the BMT division.  Dr. Gupta continues his research in the Boise lab and also attends on the bone marrow transplant service 6 weeks out of the year. His hope is to start his own laboratory with a variety of interests including myeloma mouse models and genomics.

Dr. Gupta’s publications

Jean Koff

Jean L. Koff, MD

Jean L. Koff, MD, received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Her ABIM research pathway culminated with Hematology and Medical Oncology fellowship at Winship Cancer Institute, where she was Chief Fellow in her final year. During fellowship, Dr. Koff engaged in laboratory-based investigation with Dr. Leon Bernal-Mizrachi focusing on the roles of NF-κB pathway components in diffuse large B cell lymphoma. She was hired in 2016 as an Instructor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory, where she serves as a clinical investigator in the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center with a disease focus in lymphoma. Her research now centers on epidemiology, outcomes, and translational research in lymphoma, with a particular interest in the intersection between autoimmune disorders and lymphoid malignancies. Current collaborators include the Sanz laboratory of Emory's Lowance Center for Human Immunology and the Dave laboratory at Duke.

Dr. Koff’s publications

Rebecca Levit

Rebecca Levit, MD

Rebecca Levit completed the Research Track in Cardiology at Emory from 2007-2014.  She is a general cardiologist spending 25% of time in clinical work and 75% of her time on research.  Dr. Levit’s lab studies the role of inflammation in ischemia reperfusion injury to the heart as well as biomaterial supported stem cell therapies to target inflammation. Lastly, she developed translatable techniques to safely and precisely deliver hydrogels to the heart. She is very happy to have a current research track trainee in her lab, Dr. Eric Shin.

Alumni of the ABIM Research Track within the Emory University J. Willis Hurst Residency Program (PDF).

ABIM Reserach Pathway FAQ's

Is the ABIM Research Pathway right for me?

The ABIM Research Pathway combines training in research with training in clinical internal medicine and its subspecialties and is recommended for physicians who intend to pursue a career in academics.

Emory’s Research Track gives you the opportunity to refine your clinical skills through 24 months of accredited categorical internal medicine training at Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory Midtown and the VA as well as dedicated and protected research time in an environment geared towards your academic success. Emory’s Research Track trainees have been highly successful in their respective fields and have continued to contribute to the program throughout their careers.

What requirements should I fulfill to apply?

In general, the requirements for the ABIM Research Pathway do not differ from Emory’s Internal Medicine Categorical Track. A background in basic or clinical research is highly encouraged. We recommend at least three letters of recommendation with at least one from a previous research mentor. 

Does the ABIM Research Pathway save me time?

The ABIM training consists of 24 months of internal medicine training followed by subspecialty training as well as protected research time. Trainees typically graduate after PGY-6 or PGY-7, comparable to a conventional residency and subsequent subspecialty fellowship. For further details for each subspecialty please refer to the official ABIM website.

I am uncertain whether the research pathway is right for me - who can I talk to?

The ABIM Research Pathway could be difficult to navigate and we highly encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact Dr. Vin Tangpricha ( or Dr. Behbahani ( if you need assistance guiding you through the process of application, interview and hopefully academic success at Emory.

Should I have USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores available when I apply, and is there a cutoff?

You should have passed both steps by the time you apply. We do not have a score cutoff. 

I am an international applicant - can I apply?

We encourage international applicants to apply and sponsor visas. Emory’s culture of diversity has been a valuable asset and opportunity for personal growth.

I am a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, highly interested in research - can I apply?

Of course!