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 7 (2011)

Andrew P. Reimer, R.N., Ph.D.
Dr. Reimer received his BSN from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 2004. He was a pre-doctoral fellow in the Multiple Morbidities in Vulnerable Populations: Nurse Scientist Training program, and completed his PhD in Nursing 2010 from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Dr. Reimer investigated flight nursing expertise during his doctoral work and developed and published the Middle-range Theory of Flight Nursing Expertise, which provides a conceptual framework to guide the development of formalized education and training of new flight nurses. Dr. Reimer currently works on Cleveland Clinic's Critical Care Transport team as a transport nurse. His research interests include reducing time to intervention for patients experiencing time-sensitive emergencies for cardiac and neurological patients. Dr. Reimer will continue his research as a KL2 Clinical Scholar and continue investigating clinical and financial outcomes of patients transported for acute myocardial infarction. He will also work with a multidisciplinary team to begin development of an air medical transport registry to facilitate comparative effectiveness and outcomes research.

Balaji Tamarappoo, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Tamarappoo received his B.S in Physics at the University of Madras, in India in 1985 and subsequently earned his PhD. in Physiology at Louisiana State University in 1989. He worked for several years as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the University of California, San Francisco during which time he published several scientific papers in the Journal of Biological Sciences, Journal of Clinical Investigation and the American Journal of Physiology. He obtained his M.D degree from Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 2002 followed by residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, OR and 2 years of advanced fellowship training in Cardiac Imaging at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. He joined the Division of Cardiac Imaging in August 2010 as a Staff Physician. His clinical research has been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology and Journal of Nuclear Medicine. His research interests include the use of PET and MRI based imaging of atherosclerotic plaque angiogenesis and inflammation as it relates to plaque progression and plaque rupture.

Adriano R. Tonelli, M.D.
Dr. Tonelli was valedictorian of his medical school class at the University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. After graduation, he trained in Cardiology at Universidad Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to the United States. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan followed by Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He received the Young Investigator Award from the American College of Chest Physicians in 2008. During his fellowship Dr Tonelli was involved in several research projects predominantly involving pulmonary hypertension. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr Tonelli joined the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute in August 2010. As a KL2 Clinical Research Scholar, Dr Tonelli will study pulmonary and systemic endothelial (dys)-function and its relationship to prognosis and response to therapy in pulmonary arterial hypertension. His career goal is to become an independent translational investigator conducting transdisciplinary team-based research aimed at understanding and managing patients with pulmonary vascular diseases.

Marie S. Tuttle, M.D.
Dr. Tuttle earned her B.S. in Honors Biology and M.D. from the University of Utah during which time she investigated molecular mechanisms regulating iron homeostasis. She completed an intern year with Intermountain Healthcare Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, then undertook a combined residency/postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Dermatology at Case Western/UHCMC. During her fellowship, Dr. Tuttle received awards from the Dermatology Foundation and National Psoriasis Foundation and formed fruitful multidisciplinary collaborations in pursuit of her interest in the effect of polymicrobial bacterial and fungal communities on delayed wound healing. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Case Western/UHCMC and has a clinical appointment at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. Her research goals are to translate knowledge gained from models and new molecular technologies studied in the laboratory to improve care of patients with chronic wounds.