KL2 Training Program

Current & Past Scholars

The following are brief biographies of the scholars selected for each award year. As you can see, they represent broad disciplinary diversity and bring impressive and relevant training and experience to the CASE/Cleveland Clinic CTSC KL2.

Cohort 1 (2005) | Cohort 2 (2006) | Cohort 3 (2007) | Cohort 4 (2008) | Cohort 5 (2009)
| Cohort 6 (2010) | Cohort 7 (2011) | Cohort 8 (2012) | Cohort 9 (2013) | Cohort 10 (2014) | Cohort 11 (2015) | Cohort 12 (2016)

Cohort 2 (2006)

William Dupps, Jr. M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Dupps received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and an M.D., all from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and completed his fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. He has received numerous honors, including election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and received a Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. Dr Dupps' research focuses on clinical measurement of corneal biomechanical properties and computational modeling for diagnosis of corneal diseases and improved predictability of refractive surgery. He is currently working on a National Eye Institute R01, an Ohio Third Frontier commission grant and is collaborating on A Bioengineering Research Partnership with Duke University. Dr. Dupps holds a Staff appointment in Ophthalmology with secondary appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic, an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

Bennie Jeng, M.D.
Dr. Jeng graduated from Washington University where he received his A.B. in Biology. He received his M.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and then completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic in 2002. He completed his fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation of the University of California, San Francisco in 2003. Dr. Jeng's research focuses on novel therapeutics for the treatment of ocular surface diseases. Dr Jeng was an Associate Staff in the Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University until July, 2008. Dr. Jeng is currently Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Co-Director of the UCSF cornea service, Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at the San Francisco General Hospital, and Director of the Francis I. Proctor Foundation/UCSF Cornea Fellowship program. In August, 2013, he will assume the position of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Angelle "Desiree" LaBeaud, M.D
Dr. LaBeaud holds a B.S. in general Biology from the University of California, San Diego (cum laude) an M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin (AOA). She completed her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. LaBeaud has received many awards and honors including the Shope Award in recognition of her arboviral research and the Women Faculty at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Junior Faculty Award. Her arboviral research projects concentrate on the risk determinants, natural history, and effective prevention of West Nile virus in Ohio and Rift Valley fever virus in Kenya. Dr. LaBeaud was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and is now an Assistant Scientist and Associate Physician at the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, CA.

Reena Mehra M.D., M.S., F.C.C.P.
Reena Mehra M.D., M.S., F.C.C.P. received B.S./M.D. from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and M.S. in Clinical Research, Epidemiology and Biostatistics through the Clinical Research Scholars Program at CASE. Dr. Mehra completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in 1999 and Fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2002. She proceeded to complete a Sleep Medicine Neurobiology and Epidemiology NIH T32 training grant during which she obtained a Master's of Science in Clinical Research degree though the Clinical Research Scholars Program. The focus of Dr. Mehra's research involves investigating the impact of sleep disordered breathing on the development of cardiac disease. She is the recipient of a National Scientist Development American Heart Association Award and T. Franklin Williams ACCP-ASP Award in 2005 and has held a K23 Patient-Oriented Mentored Career Development Award through the NHLBI.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic in the Neurological, Respiratory, Heart & Vascular and Lerner Research Institutes. She currently holds NHLBI R01 and R21 awards to examine the relationships of atrial fibrillation and sleep disordered breathing.

Kristie Ross M.D.
Dr. Ross holds a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech in Biology, an MS in Clinical Investigation at CWRU, and an M.D. from University of Virginia. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and fellowships in Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Among many honors, Dr. Ross was named Ross Laboratories Outstanding Teaching Resident for two years in a row and received a Young Investigators in Respiratory Research Award. Dr. Ross's studies focus on the relationship between asthma and sleep disordered breathing and asthma disparities. Dr. Ross is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonology and Director of the Pediatric Pulmonology Training Program.

James Spilsbury M.P.H., Ph.D.
Dr. Spilsbury graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology. He also holds an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from CWRU. In 2002, he received a T32 Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Award: Child Behavioral Health Research. Dr. Spilsbury's research focuses on the associations among psychosocial trauma, sleep, and behavioral outcomes in children 8-16 years of age who were exposed to violence. Dr. Spilsbury is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Clinical Investigation at CWRU and is the Center's Academic Program Director.