Expert Directory

Ricardo Laremont

Professor of Political Science / Sociology

Binghamton University, State University of New York

Sociology, Islam, islamic law, Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Politics

Nutrition, Nutrition & Nutrients, nutrition and public health, nutrition expert

Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, Neoplasm, Neoplasms, luekemia, tissue donation, Pathology

Mark is the Queen's Lead of the £5M Medical Research Council-Cancer Research UK funded Stratified Medicine in Colorectal Cancer Consortium (S:CORT), a UK-wide consortium investigating novel precision medicine approaches in colorectal cancer(CRC). His international reputation in CRC was instrumental in his leading a Critical Gaps in Colorectal Cancer Research Initiative, recently published in the high impact factor journal Gut; this landmark publication has attracted significant global attention (his podcast had the most “hits” of any article in the journal)    

Mark is Queen's Lead of the Health Data Research UK Substantive Site, one of only 6 in the UK, which aims to drive innovative precision medicine and public health approaches through the use of Big Data. He is also national lead for Cancer Strategy for HDR-UK. Mark was co-chair of the Cancer Task Team of the Clinical Working Group of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), an international cooperative dedicated to effective and responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data. He has authored a number of key papers including a blueprint for cancer date sharing (published in Nature Medicine) and a road map/call to action for a Global Cancer Knowledge Network in the New England Journal of Medicine 

Mark has published over 180 papers in international peer review journals, including key papers in the highest impact journals (New Engl J Medicine, Lancet, Nature Medicine, Lancet Oncology, Cancer Discovery, Nature Comms, Gut etc). He is co-lead of an ambitious proposal to develop a Global Innovation Institute in Belfast which will include the  One Health Innovation Centre (OHIC), the world’s  first Health and Agri-Food Informatics Innovation Centre.  Mark’s work has been recognised by a number of national/international awards including the Vander Molen Prize for Leukaemia Research, the Ely Lilly Prize, the St Lukes Medal for Cancer Research and the Graves Medal for Medical Research. He is frequently invited as a guest speaker to international conferences and sits on a number of high level boards/committees at European level including the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine, the Scientific Board of the European Cancer Patient Coalition and the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO) Oncopolicy Forum    

Mark has a strong commitment to patient-centred research/care and to addressing cancer inequalities. He was the architect of the European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights (BoR), a catalyst for change and empowerment tool for cancer patients which he launched in the European Parliament on World Cancer Day 2014. The BoR has been adopted across Europe and led to the 70:35 Vision, 70% survival for all cancer patients in Europe by 2035 which was recently adopted by ECCO, the largest interdisciplinary cancer organisation in Europe. Mark’s advocacy work was instrumental in the recent decision to include boys in national UK HPV vaccination programmes.  He is also committed to the provision of optimal pathology and laboratory medicine for citizens in resource-limited settings and was senior author of a recent paper in The Lancet as part of The Lancet Series on Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Low- and Middle- Income Countries. 

Kelvin Lee

Jacobs Family Chair in Immunology

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer, Cancer Immunology, immunotheraphy, Cancer Vaccines, Biotech, mutiple myeloma, Medical Oncology, Medical Research

Jacobs Family Chair in Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Cancer immunology, immunotherapy, cancer vaccines, biotech, multiple myeloma, medical oncology, medical research

African American History, Literature, Race Relations, Literacy, cultural diversity, gender-inclusive language, Social Justice, Civil Rights, Community Service, cultural engagement, hair, the n-word

Neal A. Lester is an expert in African American literary, cultural studies, racial bias and discrimination, especially as regards African Americans.

Lester is a Foundation Professor of English at ASU where he is founding director of the award-winning Project Humanities initiative. He’s also a popular public speaker, radio guest, op-ed contributor, newspaper columnist, blogger, and discussion facilitator. He is the author, co-author or editor of seven books and numerous articles in journal and magazines on topics such as children's literature, drama, folklore, the politics of hair, the "n-word," and racialized images in American cinema. The recipient of dozens of honors and awards for public scholarship and professional service, Lester conducts race and privilege training in the community and leads Project Humanities' Service Saturdays, an outreach to those experiencing homelessness, once per month in downtown Phoenix.

Inflammation, Heart Disease, Vaccine, chronic inflammation, Integrins

Dr. Ley joined LJI in 2007 as the founding Division Head of the Division of Inflammation Biology. Dr. Ley received his B.S. from Altkönigschule-Gymnasium, Kronberg, Germany in 1976. In 1982, he received his M.D. from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany. Dr. Ley began his postdoctoral training from 1983 to 1987 at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. From 1987 to 1989, Dr. Ley was a visiting research scientist at the University of California, San Diego and returned to Freie Universität Berlin until 1994, when he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia. From 2001-2007, he was director of the Robert M Berne Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Virginia.

Christina Li

Division Head, Minimally Invasive Surgery

LifeBridge Health

laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrecomy, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Christina Li received her medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland and was also a research fellow at the Maryland Center for Videoscopic Surgery. She completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been performing bariatric surgery for LifeBridge Health since 2004 and is a founding member of Sinai Hospital's Bariatric Center for Excellence. 

Neuroendocrine Tumors, Thyroid Cancer, parathyroid tumors, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery

John Licciardone

Regents Professor and Richards-Cohen Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research

Osteopathic Research Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Clinical Research, Low Back Pain Research, low back pain guidelines, Preventive Medicine, public health and medicine

Gary Liguori

Dean, College of Health Sciences

University of Rhode Island

Health, Nutrition, Exercise Sciences, Sports Medicine

Gary Liguori is a respected health expert with more than 25 years of experience as a university instructor, professor and researcher. He currently serves as the inaugural dean of the  University of Rhode Island’s College of Health Sciences. Over the past 20 years, Liguori’s research on such topics as physical activity, nutrition, obesity, physical assessment and cardiac rehabilitation has been published widely in academic journals. 

As dean of the URI College of Health Sciences, Liguori oversees faculty, staff and students in seven departments: Communicative Disorders, Health Studies, Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Physical Therapy and Psychology. The college enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 350 graduate students.

He is also the coordinating dean of the University of Rhode Island Academic Health Collaborative, which includes the Colleges of Health Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy, and the Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation, which fosters research, partnerships, and community engagement. 

In addition to serving as dean, Liguori is  the senior editor of the upcoming 11th edition of the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. He is also a USA Track & Field certified Level One track and field coach and a certified track and field meet official. Liguori is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and by the American Heart Association to provide Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He also holds the credential of Advanced Physical Fitness Specialist from the Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research.

Prior to joining URI in 2016, Liguori served as the head of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Department of Health and Human Performance and was the founding director of its Healthy Living Center. From 2005 to 2012, Liguori was assistant/associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Health, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University.

Liguori earned his Ph.D. in wellness from the College of Human Development & Education at North Dakota State University and his master of science degree in cardiac rehabilitation/ exercise science from East Stroudsburg University. 

David Lintner

Chief of Sports Medicine

Houston Methodist

sports medicine orthopedics, Professional Athlete Care Team, Tommy John Surgery, Orthopedic Surgeon, sports medicine; pitcher injuries

Dr. David Lintner's main clinical interests are arthroscopic surgery, reconstructive surgery and thrower's injuries. Lintner is the head team physician for the Houston Astros and the team orthopedist for the Houston Texans.    

Anthroplogy, Environmental Studies, human population, Cultural Transmission, Remote Sensing, Geophysics

Nursing, Diabetes, Teaching, Chronic Disease, Research, clinical work

Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, is an expert in diabetes care and using social media and other online resources to monitor how people with diabetes manage their own health in the real world. 

Litchman is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and School of Medicine. Her position includes research, teaching, and clinical work at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. She is passionate about teaching and precepts health sciences students and teaches didactic courses at the College of Nursing. Dr. Litchman’s program of research emphasizes the social context of chronic disease management across the lifespan with a particular emphasis on diabetes and technology. Her research examines online environments to understand the influence of peer support on health outcomes and diabetes management in the “real-world”. Dr. Litchman also examines family dynamics to understand how diabetes management is supported or derailed, and how technology might be helpful.

Kamala Littleton

Orthopedics and Joint Replacement

Mercy Medical Center

Orthopedics and Joint Replacement, Surgery, Orthopedic, Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, shoulder compression fracture, Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement

Kamala H. Littleton, M.D., is an expert orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Board Certified, Dr. Littleton specializes in joint replacement and reconstruction for the hip, knee and shoulder, including:

Anterior hip replacement
MAKO® knee resurfacing and knee replacement
Minimally invasive total knee replacement
ACL reconstruction
Shoulder surgery and reconstruction

Dr. Kamala Littleton is committed to providing her patients some of the best treatment options for their joint, hip, knee and shoulder pain. Dr. Littleton offers years of experience and specialized training to perform anterior hip replacement as well as MAKO knee resurfacing and knee replacement. These innovative orthopedic procedures enable her to help patients reduce their hip or knee pain so they can get back to normal daily activities.

Dr. Kamala Littleton leads The Women’s Orthopedic Program at Mercy, which was developed to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions which most frequently affect women. Dr. Littleton recognizes that women have hormonal, anatomical and biomechanical characteristics that make them more vulnerable to certain orthopedic injuries and diseases. 

Some of the conditions more common to women include ACL tears, arthritis and osteoporosis. Prevention, treatment and avoiding reoccurrence are Dr. Littleton’s focus when treating women for their joint conditions. Her conservative approach coupled with her surgical expertise make her a top choice for patients seeking relief from hip, knee and shoulder pain. 

Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Evolution Biology

Paul Lucas

Director, The Vascular Center at Mercy

Mercy Medical Center

Vascular, Vascular Surgery, Venefit, Veingogh, Varicose Veins

Paul R. Lucas, M.D., is an experienced vascular surgeon and Director of The Vascular Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland. He is Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and has been recognized as a Top Doc by Baltimore magazine numerous times. 

Dr. Lucas leads a team of vascular surgeons and technologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseased blood vessels. His patients admire his attentive and caring professionalism and he is noted for taking the time to be sure they understand their condition and treatment options.

Dr. Paul Lucas utilizes the latest technologies to care for patients experiencing vascular disorders. He specializes in Venefit™ (formerly known as VNUS Closure™) and Veingogh© procedures for varicose vein removal and is continuously seeking advanced diagnostic and treatment options for more efficient care.

Dr. Paul Lucas is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation and was instrumental in the establishment of Mercy's nationally accredited Vascular Laboratory at The Vascular Center at Mercy. Patients can be screened at all of Mercy’s physician office locations throughout Greater Baltimore, making diagnosis and subsequent scheduling for treatment convenient. Using non-invasive Doppler ultrasound equipment, lab technologists screen patients for circulatory problems like mini-strokes, circulation issues, leg swelling or pain, blood clots and aneurysms.

Gary Lyman

Senior lead for health care quality and policy, HICOR

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Healthcare economics, cost of cancer care, cancer costs, value-based cancer care, Financial toxicity, Drug Costs, cost-effective cancer care, HICOR, disparities in cancer care, biosimilars, cancer outcomes, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research

While many researchers worldwide are trying to find cures for cancer, Dr. Gary Lyman has an equally daunting task: finding a cure for cancer’s skyrocketing costs and the financial toll it can take on patients and their families.

Dr. Lyman is an internationally recognized thought leader in cancer care delivery, supportive care and health care policy. His research compares the effectiveness of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies; examines clinical decision-making; explores risk modeling and precision medicine; assesses health technology research and synthesis; and delves into the factors that drive disparities in cancer care. 

In 2018, he co-co-authored a New England Journal of Medicine paper on biosimilars and what their imminent debut might mean for cancer patients, the health care industry and society. He also led an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) panel that published a position statement on biosimilars in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

A medical oncologist, hematologist and public health researcher who focuses on comparative effectiveness, health technology assessment, and health services and outcomes research, he also is interested in cancer prevention, pharmaco-economics, and cancer treatment and supportive care for the elderly. 

Dr Lyman is among the top 1% of investigators by citations in Web of Science. In addition to his work at the Hutch, Dr. Lyman holds leadership positions within the American Society of Clinical Oncology as well as the SWOG Cancer Research Network, for which he serves as executive officer for Cancer Care Delivery, Symptom Control and Quality of Life Research.

Dr. Lyman serves as a senior lead for health care quality and policy within the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, or HICOR.

Philip M. Stinson

Professor of criminal justice

Bowling Green State University

Criminal Justice, Police crime, Criminal Behaviors, Procedural Rights, Police Behaviours, police integrity, police misconduct

Philip Stinson, J.D., Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Stinson’s primary area of research is police behaviors, including police crime, police corruption, and police misconduct. He is the principal investigator on a research project funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the U.S. Department of Justice to study police crime across the United States. His current research project, Police Integrity Lost: A Longitudinal Study of Police Crime, is supported by the Wallace Action Fund of Tides Foundation. Dr. Stinson’s research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Criminal Justice Policy Review, The Prison Journal, Victims & Offenders, and Journal of Crime & Justice. His research has also been featured in many news publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Phil Stinson has appeared on CNN, PBS, NPR, CBC, BBC, Sky News, CCTV, Radio Sputnik, Democracy Now!, HuffPost Live, and numerous other media outlets worldwide. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at Bowling Green, including Criminal Law, Procedural Rights, Criminal Courts, Criminal Justice Ethics, Criminal Justice Policy Analysis, and Law, Evidence & Procedure in Forensic Science.

Thomas E. MacGillivray

heart/lung transplant and cardiothoracic surgeon

Houston Methodist


Dr. Thomas E. MacGillivray is board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic and cardiac surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. MacGillivray completed his medical training at Tufts University School of Medicine and a residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also completed fellowships in fetal surgery, congenital cardiovascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical areas of expertise are surgical treatments of heart diseases, heart transplant and Marfans syndrome.

prosocial behavior, Intrinsic Reward, Extrinsic Values, Moral Behavior, moral decisions, Global Health, Experimental Economics, development economics, Labor, Human Resources, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins Medicine