School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Administrative Core

This Core will be responsible for coordinating all research, administrative, fiscal and educational activities of the Center as well as for coordinating all external communications, advisory board and committee meetings. This Core will coordinate all committee and advisory board meetings, will collect and disseminate their reports, and maintaining a master file of these reports and meeting minutes. The Administrative Core Business Manager, Ms. Amanda Dudley, accountable to the Internal Steering committee through the Center PI, Dr. Flack.

The administrative structure of the center comprises both an Internal and External Advisory committee. These committees will provide scientific and administrative oversight and direction to the center, funded research projects and pilot studies. The center will also establish a Data Safety and Monitoring Board, which will provide oversight to data collection, study auditing and assure protection of human subjects. The center will have one central Community Advisory Board (CAB) that will be made up of community leaders and residents of the Detroit community. The CAB will actively advise the center Investigators and core leaders in matters regarding recruitment strategies study interventions and conduct. The center will also develop an Executive Management Team, which will oversee the day to day operational activities of the center. All these components function cooperatively to form a systematic structure for the conduct of research.


John M. Flack, M.D., M.P.H.

John M. Flack, M.D., M.P.H. currently serves as Professor and Associate Chairman for Academic Affair-Chief Quality Officer and Director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Clinical Applications Program (CECA) in the Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine.  Dr. Flack’s research interest includes clinical trail design, implementation and hypertension in African-Americans determinants of blood pressure responses to drug therapy and utilization of software-based approaches to support optimal clinical decision-making.  He is Principal Investigator of a 5-year NIH funded health disparities center grant, the Wayne State University Center for Urban African American Health, which is comprised of 29 investigators from over 13 disciplines undertaking 3 research projects supported by 5 cores.  The thematic focus of the research is obesity, lifestyle and other lifestyle factors and how they interact with environmental and interpersonal stressors and genetic factors of predisposed to cardiovascular diseases and cancer.  Dr. John Flack is the author of more than 118 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.  He is a manuscript reviewer of several prominent medical journals.  Dr. Flack was selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and was recently named to the faculty of “1000 in Medicine.”  He also received the “Distinguished Research Award” from the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks.  He serves on several national advisory boards including the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks where he currently serves as president.

Richard K. Severson, Ph.D.

As Associate Chair for Research, my main role is to facilitate the research work being conducted by all the faculty within our Department. My main research interests involve cancer epidemiology, and our Department has a very strong affiliation with the Population Studies and Prevention Program of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University. I have been involved in case-control studies of prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, pancreas cancer, kidney cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and multiple myeloma. My current teaching activities include mentoring many of the junior faculty in our Department and in the Population Studies and Prevention Program, and serving as an instructor for the graduate level cancer epidemiology class within the College of Human Medicine at Michigan Statue University.

Nancy T. Artinian, Ph.D., R.N., B.C., F.A.H.A.

Nancy T. Artinian, Ph.D., R.N., B.C., F.A.H.A. is Professor and Director of the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programs in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University. She received her doctoral degree in nursing from Wayne State University in 1988 and completed a two-year (1995-1997) NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in the area of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction. Dr. Artinian is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Cardiac/Vascular Nurse (8/01/2003 through 7/31/2008, #0381376-46).

Dr. Artinian’s leadership roles have included Editorial Board Member for Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care; at-large member of the Leadership Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing (CVN) of the American Heart Association (AHA); Vice President of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, one of the largest nursing research societies dedicated to promoting, disseminating, and utilizing nursing research throughout the Midwest; Executive Board Member of the Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the local chapter of the National Honor Society of Nursing; and Executive Board member of the Southeast Michigan American Association of Critical Care Nurses (SEMAACN). Other professional memberships include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Society of Hypertension, International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), and the American Nurses Association.

Dr. Artinian has had a steady and productive career as a nurse scientist studying patients and their families with cardiovascular disease. Funding for her research has been continuous since completion of pre-doctoral studies. All total, as Principal Investigator, she has received in excess of 1.5 million dollars for extramural and intramural research. Funding sources include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Heart Association (AHA), NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship, Metro Health Foundation, as well as Wayne State University. Currently she is researching ways to improve control of high blood pressure in a sample of 400 African Americans by comparing usual care only with a home blood pressure (BP) telemonitoring intervention, in order to estimate the efficacy of the intervention on blood pressure control (NIH/NINR, 5 R01 NR07682- 04).

Additionally, Dr. Artinian served as Principal Investigator/Project Director for a Division of Nursing, Department of Health and Human Services funded training grant, entitled "Graduate Program Expansion: Critical Care Nursing" (#1 D23 NU00996, 1992-1995, Award amount $534,296.00). This master’s degree program was designed to prepare clinical nurse specialists as experts in the area of critical care nursing.