Ravi Kalhan, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Preventive Medicine, has been named co-director of Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program. In collaboration with Mike Fleming, MD, MPH, Director of NUCATS Center for Education and Career Development, Dr. Kalhan will continue to grow and build the program which has graduated 150 individuals since 1999.
"We are excited to welcome Ravi Kalhan to the MSCI team,” said Dr. Fleming. “His insight as a practicing clinical investigator and MSCI alum is sure to be invaluable to our current students."
Dr. Kalhan is currently the director of Northwestern Medicine Asthma and COPD Program and the associate division chief of Clinical and Translational Research in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His research includes respiratory observational epidemiologic studies that seek to define lung health across the life-span as well as identify the subclinical phases of chronic lung diseases. He also studies why heart and lung disease frequently co-exist and conducts clinical trials for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma.
As a graduate of the MSCI program, Dr. Kalhan believes the degree has been critical to his research career as it provided him with a basis in analytics, biostatics, epidemiology, study design and grant writing as well as connections to other investigators.
“The program provided me with a peer group of ongoing friends and collaborators who I have turned to for both personal and academic support ever since,” said Dr. Kalhan. “In addition, through contact with instructors and leaders in the program, my pool of mentors and collaborators, both formal and informal, on campus was greatly expanded.”
Dr. Kalhan hopes to continue developing a program that provides strong foundational skills necessary for a successful career in research.
“We want to take advantage of Northwestern's rich environment to meet the ongoing needs of our students,” said Dr. Kalhan. “To do this, we have to be smart about the practical advice and mentorship we provide our trainees but also be creative about how to change our curriculum to meet their needs. For example, our new course focused on the analysis of Big Data reflects a nimble program that can adapt as the focus of clinical investigators necessarily changes over time.”