Meet the Recruitment Team:
Dawn Fishbein, MD is an attending physician, Infectious Diseases, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Before joining the Hospital Center, she was an attending physician in Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where she created an on-site integrated clinic for people infected with both HIV and hepatitis C. Her research to assess factors associated with engaging and accessing care for people infected with hepatitis C was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Alice Ukaegbu DNP, MSN, FNP-BC has over 25 years of nursing experience and eight years of this in managing and conducting clinical research. She assists both experienced and new investigators at HU navigate clinical trials start-up from contracts, budgets and sponsor communications. She has successfully assisted in recruiting for multi-center sickle cell and Alzheimer’s studies and works with the GHUCCTS investigators to assist them in their recruitment efforts.
Emily Paku, PMP oversees programmatic elements of the Recruitment Unit of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science to ensure all projects are traceable to the objectives. The Recruitment Unit aims to increase clinical trial participation amongst underserved populations in the DC-metropolitan region. Prior to this role, Ms. Paku supported the administrative functions of clinical research for the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Network and at Children’s National Health System.
Finie Richardson, MPH is an Instructor and Program Manager for the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Howard University College of Medicine. She is the Coordinator for DC PrimCare, a network of primary care practices serving the DC Metropolitan area. Her professional background merges translational and community-based research conducted in medically underserved communities. She has implemented projects that developed culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions using a community-based participatory research approach to improve health outcomes among low-literacy minority populations. She coordinates programmatic activities for the Volunteer Participant Advisory Board and local Practice Based Research Networks to facilitate recruitment for GHUCCTS research.
Tonya Bishop, Recruitment Coordinator
Ursula Kahric, Research Assistant
Irene Jilson, PhD
Brittany Wilkerson, Research Assistant