Scientific Advisory Board

Guy M. Chisolm, PhD, Chair of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals’ SAB
Guy M. Chisolm III, Ph.D. was Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Vice Chair of the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic prior to his recent retirement. He also previously served on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. He also held an appointment as Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He served on numerous editorial boards and peer review study sections at NIH and American Heart Association. He received a BS from the University of Pennsylvania, MS and PhD from the University of Virginia and postdoctoral research training from the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm) and MIT. He has published over 100 articles on vascular cell biology and atherosclerosis.


Gene H. Barnett, MD., MBA, FACS

Dr. Gene H. Barnett serves as Director, Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute. He has authored more than 210 articles published in leading medical journals and has a particular interest in the areas of neuro-oncology, computer-assisted surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Barnett created the Center for Computer-Assisted Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic, and established Cleveland Clinic’s innovative neurosurgery program. He holds several patents and continues work on the development of technology in neurosurgery including laser lesioning systems for brain tumors. He graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry, and received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He did his residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in neurology at Cleveland Clinic, served as an honorary registrar at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and completed a clinical and research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, he completed the executive MBA program at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University.


Connie Hess, MD, MHS

Dr. Hess is an interventional Cardiologist at the University of Colorado where she serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She also serves as a Clinician Scientist for CPC Clinical Research, a university-affiliated, non-profit cardiovascular and clinical trials research organization. Previously, Dr. Hess was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center and was a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hess completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, where she also earned a Master of Health Science degree.


William R. Hiatt, MD

Dr. Hiatt is an endowed professor for cardiovascular research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology with a clinical and research focus in vascular medicine. He is president of CPC Clinical Research, a university-affiliated, non-profit cardiovascular and clinical trials research organization. Research activities include studies evaluating the pathophysiology and epidemiology of peripheral artery disease and related disorders. He received his medical degree cum laude from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical society. Dr. Hiatt completed his residency training at Boston University Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He was a fellow in internal medicine and vascular medicine at the University of Colorado before joining the University of Colorado faculty. CPC Clinical Research currently is running several large cardiovascular outcome trials.


Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSc

Dr. Johnston is the Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair of Neurology and Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Johnston’s research has focused on the design and execution of middle phase and phase III clinical trials. She is currently leading the NIH-NINDS funded Phase III Stroke Hyperglycemia Insulin Network Effort (SHINE) trial in acute ischemic stroke. Dr. Johnston graduated AOA from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she also did her internal medicine and neurology residency training. She did a vascular neurology fellowship at UVA and obtained a master’s degree in outcomes and clinical investigation at UVA.


Jeffrey L. Saver, MD, FAHA, FAAN, FANA

Dr. Saver has been Director of the UCLA Stroke Unit since its inception, and Professor and SA Vice-Chair of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He is a leader in cerebrovascular research and clinical care. Dr. Saver has published more than 500 original articles, more than 30 book chapters, and two edited volumes and has been the principal investigator of more than 50 clinical research studies. His research focuses on stroke prevention, acute stroke treatment, stroke diagnosis, and neurocognitive and neurobehavioral consequences of stroke. Dr. Saver received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and is a graduate of the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Training Program, the University of Iowa Fellowship Program in Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Brown University Fellowship Program in Vascular Neurology. Dr. Saver did his internship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and his residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.


Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Dr. Welsh-Bohmer is the Director of the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (Bryan ADRC) at Duke University Medical Center, which focuses on basic science discovery and clinical care programs for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other similar memory complaints. Under Dr. Welsh-Bohmer’s leadership, the Bryan ADRC has established broad collaborative ties regionally, nationally and internationally. She also serves as Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Medical Psychology and has a joint appointment with the Department of Neurology at Duke University. She holds a BS in Psychology from Duke University and a PhD in Psychology from University of Virginia. She completed a postdoctoral clinical training fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at University of Iowa. She is board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychologists in the practice of clinical neuropsychology.