External Advisory Committee


A distinguished committee of researchers and practitioners offer invaluable contributions to the RCMI Program at Meharry Medical College. The growth of the depth and breadth of research at Meharry is due in large part to their ongoing counsel.

Cesar D. Fermin, Ph.D. Chair
Associate Dean, Research and Advanced Studies
Tuskegee College of VM, Nursing & Allied Health
Williams-Bowie Hall 101
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Research specialty: Expertise in neurobiology of vertebrates' vestibular complex

Steve Brant, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Gastroenterology
Director, Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
1503 E. Jefferson Street
Room B136
Baltimore, MD 21231
Research specialty: bowel disease, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis

Richard T. D'Aquila, M.D.
Addison B. Scoville Jr. Chair in Medicine
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
AA-2200 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232-2358
Research specialty: Functional cure of HIV-1 infection and human APOBEC3 proteins

Wonder Puryear Drake, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
A-2206 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2582
Research specialty: Sarcoidosis, bacteria, infectious disease, microbiology

Arthur C. Fleischer, M.D.
Professor, Department of Radiology and OB/GYN, and
2011 Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Radiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
CCC-1121 MCN
1161 21st Ave
Nashville, TN 37232
Research specialty: Medical imaging & gynecologic cancers

Susan Halabi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Duke University School of Medicine
2424 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
Research Specialty: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

William M. Southerland, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry
Howard University College of Medicine, RCMI
520 W Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20059
Research specialty: Biochemistry & molecular biology