2017 Doris Duke Awardees

Congratulations to the Recipients Announced for 2017 Doris Duke Early Clinician Investigator Awards including ICTR researchers Raquel Greer, MD, MHS; Jin Hui Joo, MD, MA; and Julie Paik, MD, MHS

We are proud to announce the selection of four promising young faculty members as the first cohort of Doris Duke Early Clinician Investigator Award recipients.

This award will provide financial and mentoring resources for one to two years to junior physician scientists who are working to have a productive career while also facing significant extra-professional care giving demands.

The awardees are:


Jennifer Coughlin, MD

Assistant Professor – Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Radiology and Radiological Science

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Residency: Johns Hopkins University

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University

Project: “Molecular Imaging of Neuroinflammation in Psychiatric Disease”

Mentors: Akira Sawa, MD, PhD and Martin Pomper, MD, PhD

Research Focus: Dr. Coughlin’s research is focused on molecular neuroimaging, particularly positron emission tomography (PET) to study the role of immune response in the pathogenesis of diseases with cognitive and affective symptoms. Ultimately, she hopes to impact outcomes in neuropsychiatric clinical care through guiding use of molecular imaging to promote early intervention, therapeutic monitoring, and development of new therapeutic strategies.


Raquel Greer, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor – General Internal Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University

Residency: Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Fellowship: General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Project: “Improving Health Care Quality and Equity for Patients with CKD”

Mentors: Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH (Duke University) and Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH

Research Focus: Dr. Greer’s research program focuses on identifying and addressing the ethnic and racial disparities in care and clinical outcomes of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and CKD risk factors.




Jin Hui Joo, MD, MA

Assistant Professor – Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Mental Health

Undergraduate: University of Chicago

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh

Residency: University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania

Project: “Patterns of Communication in Peer Mentor and Patient Dyads in a Depression Care Delivery Interventions”

Mentors: Joseph Gallo, MD, MPH and Debra Roter, DrPH, MPH

Research Focus: Dr. Joo’s work is focused on developing an intervention to engage minority older adults in depression care by integrating both informal care such as peer counselors and formal care such as mental health professionals. The intent is to blend experiential knowledge and clinical knowledge, community and health system, in a way that pays attention to minority older adults’ ways of thinking about depression and methods of help seeking.


Julie Paik, MD

Assistant Professor – Rheumatology

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Medical School: George Washington University

Residency: University of California, Los Angeles

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University

Project: “Skeletal Myopathy in Systemic Sclerosis: It’s Identification, Treatment, and Long Term Outcomes”

Mentors: Laura Hummers, MD, ScM, Fredrick Wigley, MD, and Andrew Mammen, MD, PhD

Research Focus: Dr. Paik’s clinical and research interests are focused on neuromuscular manifestations of autoimmune diseases, particularly in the areas of myositis and scleroderma. The focus of Dr. Paik’s current research efforts is in determining the prevalence of neuropathy and myopathy in scleroderma patients.  Whereas her clinical practice is focused on the broad range of autoimmune and inflammatory muscle disease in rheumatology, there is a particular emphasis on the neuromuscular manifestations of scleroderma.



Notices for the next application cycle will be disseminated later in 2017.

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Gail Daumit at gdaumit@jhmi.edu or Mia Terkowitz at mterkow1@jhmi.edu.

The Doris Duke Early Clinician Investigator Award is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s new Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (FRCS) program and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The foundation has long supported clinical research that advances the translation of biomedical discoveries into new preventions, diagnoses, and treatments for human diseases. To learn more about the FRCS program, visit www.ddcf.org.