Announcing our 2024 K12 Scholars!

Three scholars have been chosen to receive the 2024-2026 K12 Mentored Career Development Award

The CTSI K12 Mentored Career Development Award provides two years of support for early-career faculty from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Atrium Health involved in translational research to expand their skills and competencies under the guidance of an experienced, multi-disciplinary mentoring team, within the context of a learning healthcare system and rapidly evolving academic research environment.   

Congratulations to each of our 2024-2026 Awardees!


Dori Beeler, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hematology & Oncology

Dori Beeler, PhD is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology and Research Scientist in the Department of Supportive Oncology at Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute where she conducts symptom science research with a focus on cancer-related fatigue.


"Patient Descriptors of Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study of Cancer Survivors"

This K12 mixed-methods pilot study will create a CRF visual aid to help alleviate patient-clinician communication barriers, support the systematic assessment of in cancer-related fatigue, and serve as an assessment catalyst among survivors.

Mitchell Ryan Ladd, MD

Mitchell Ladd, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgical Sciences - Pediatrics

Dr. Ladd is an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Surgery whose main research focus is in developing tissue-engineered small intestine to cure short bowel syndrome. He also participates in clinical and translational research on necrotizing enterocolitis, one of the main causes of short bowel syndrome in infants in children.

"Tissue Engineering Small Intestine for the Treatment of Intestinal Failure in Children

Short bowel syndrome is a disease where patients do not have enough intestine to live without receiving nutrition through their veins. Short bowel syndrome frequently affects children and has a high mortality rate that approaches 30%. There are no cures, and most patients are managed with lifelong venous nutrition. This K12 aims to be the first step in engineering replacement intestine to serve as a cure for these children.
 Mariana Wingood, PhD, PT, DPT, MPH

Mariana Wingood, PhD, PT, DPT, MPH

Assistant Professor, Implementation Science and Gerontology

Dr. Wingood is a physical therapist and an Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in Implementation Science and a secondary appointment in Section of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. Her main research focuses on integrating physical activity assessments and behavior change techniques into Geriatrics.

"Increasing Physical Therapists’ Adoption of Techniques that Address Older Adults' Inadequate Physical Activity Levels: Testing an Implementation Blueprint"

Dr. Wingood has developed a three-step algorithm for assessing and addressing inadequate physical activity among older adults. This K12 project will evaluate an implementation plan aimed at increasing the use of the three-step algorithm in outpatient physical therapy.

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