• Selwyn Vickers, MD

    Lead Principal Investigator, Co-Leader Administrative Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Vickers serves as the Principal Investigator for the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS).  He is the Senior Vice President and Dean and holder of the James C. Lee Jr. Endowed Chair in medical leadership of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School (UAB).  Previously, Dr. Vickers was the Jay Phillips Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota.   Dr. Vickers is a nationally recognized leader in both academic surgery and pancreatic disease and a clinical scientist with more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. He has had significant contributions in patient care and in laboratory investigation.  He is currently the PI/Co-PI on the UAB/UMN Pancreatic Cancer SPORE; U24 Enhancing Minority Participating in Clinical Trials and U54 Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships grants. After joining the UAB faculty from Johns Hopkins where he trained both as a hepatobiliary surgeon and surgical oncologist, he was an active leader in the cancer center.  Among his many national leadership roles, Dr. Vickers is a member of the Institute of Medicine, chair of the American Board of Surgeons Committee on Socioeconomic Issues and past president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Director of the American Board of Surgery and President Elect of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

  • Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA

    Lead Principal Investigator, Co-Leader Administrative Core
    University of Minnesota

  • Badrinath R. Konety, MD, MBA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology and holds the Dougherty Family Chair in Uro-Oncology as well as being the Director of the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers and Associate Director for Clinical Affairs of the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. He completed his residency and American Foundation for Urologic Disease Research Scholar fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business. Dr. Konety also completed his urologic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has authored or co-authored nearly 200 original publications and numerous book chapters as well as editing a text on bladder cancer. He has been and is principal or co-investigator on grants funded through the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, American Geriatrics Society and Center for Disease Control. He received the Jahnigen Career Development Scholar Award, and is an active member of numerous professional medical societies including the American Urological Association, the American College of Surgeons, Societe Internationale D’Urologie and the International College of Surgeons. He is currently the Adjunct General Secretary of the SIU and Associate Editor of the Journal of Urology

  • James M. Shikany, DrPH

    Lead Principal Investigator, Co-Leader Administrative Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Shikany is a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, and is Principal Investigator of the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS).  He arrived at UAB in 1993, after earning a Public Health doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health, with a specialization in Nutrition.  Dr. Shikany is a Senior Scientist in the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center at UAB.  His research interests center on the association between diet and the epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, with current and previous research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society.  Dr. Shikany has been active in disparities research, recently leading the NIH-funded Alabama Collaboration for Cardiovascular Equality, which addresses racial disparities in cardiovascular disease.  In addition, several of his previous and current studies seek ways to improve dietary assessment methodology, especially in neglected populations, such as rural African Americans.  Dr. Shikany has authored nearly 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH

    Co-Leader, Collaborations and Partnership Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Fouad is Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the UAB School of Medicine and Director of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. She also is the Founding Director of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center. Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and has served as a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is a PI on numerous projects, including the NIMHD P60 Comprehensive Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center funded since 2003, the NIMHD U54 Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, the NIHMD U24 EMPaCT: Phase II, and the CDC-funded Birmingham REACH for Better Health. She also served as PI on the NCI-funded Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, Ovarian Cancer (PLCO) Screening Trial, the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium (CanCORS), and of the CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches Across the US (REACH US) Mid-South Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities. Dr. Fouad has played a leadership role in training minority researchers, serving as PI for the NCI-funded Morehouse School of Medicine/ Tuskegee University/UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership.


  • Gabriela Oates, MS, PhD

    Collaborations Coordinator
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Gabriela Oates is a Research Associate in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine, Director of Research of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), and Program Director of the NIMHD-funded P60 Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research. She also manages the application, review, and selection processes of research projects for three U54 collaborative centers: the Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, the Gulf States Health Policy Research Center, and CHAAMPS. She has been the principal grant writer of nearly 50 research proposals to the National Institutes of Health. Her research interests are in the area of social determinants of adherence to treatment and self-management in chronic diseases. Gabriela holds a Master’s degree in linguistics, and recently completed her PhD degree in medical sociology.

  • Lisa Rogers, MS, MPH

    Administrative Director
    University of Minnesota

  • Lisa Rogers serves as the Administrative Director for the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) as well as for the Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials Consortium (EMPaCT) and the UAB/UMN SPORE (Specialized Program in Research Excellence) for Pancreatic Cancer.   Ms. Rogers has over 15 years of experience in federal award management and is a former cancer immunologist who has worked in academic and industry research and research project management.  Her interest in decreasing health disparities stems from her experiences as a member of the Navajo Nation and from her passion for just and equitable health care for all persons.

  • Sheikilya Thomas, PhD, MPH

    Administrative Director
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Sheikilya Thomas currently serves as a Program Manager II in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham. It is at UAB that she completed her graduate studies, receiving her MPH in Epidemiology and her PhD in Health Services Administration.  Her research interests include patient-provider relationships particularly as it relates to the potential role of trust and perceived discrimination on healthcare utilization and health disparities.