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Institutional Career Development (KL2) Program

The KL2 Career Development Award provides didactic training, mentoring, and career development to prepare junior faculty for independent careers in translation research. KL2 awardees receive advanced training in multiple disciplines, including biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, genetics, bioinformatics, and bioethics. Junior faculty from all health professions in the UTL, MCL, NTLR lines are eligible.

Program Information

KL2 Awardees pursue a mentored research project in their area of expertise. Research performed within the KL2 program will provide the basis for an independent NIH award (e.g., K23, K08, or R01).

The KL2 award provides salary support up to $120,000 per year for two years. For non-surgeons, 75% of the KL2 full-time professional effort must be devoted to the KL2 program. Exceptions may be made for limited specialties (e.g., 50% effort for surgeons and other procedural-based specialties). Additional funding of $20,000 per year is available for research expenses, certificate programs or tuition.

Program Contacts

Steven Asch, MD, MPH
Faculty Lead

Ellen Orasa
Program Manager

KL2 Scholars

Christoher L. Bennett, MD, MA
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

National Survey of Preventative Health Services in US Emergency Departments

With a focus on HIV testing, this project aims to understand what preventative health services are being offered in US Emergency Departments, where they are being offered, the reasons why or why not they are offered, and how this relates to CDC-designated priority areas.

Stephanie Chao, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery - Pediatric Surgery

Elucidating racial bias in child abuse reporting through standardized universal screening

This project aims to develop a novel, universal electronic-medical record (EMR) based screening tool to optimize child abuse detection. Dr. Chao will further seek to determine whether the implementation of the EMR-based screening tool improves screening accuracy and decreases racial disparities in child abuse identification.

Wendy Liu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

The Role of Mechanosensitive Ion Channels in Intraocular Pressure-Mediated Cell Death in Glaucoma

Using genetic and functional approaches combined with animal models of glaucoma, this project seeks to elucidate the role of mechanosensitive ion channels in glaucoma.

Clifford C. Sheckter, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Private Equity Investing in Ambulatory Surgery Centers—Evaluating Transformation in Cost and Care

Surgery and procedural care within the US is increasingly performed at Ambulatory Surgery Centers(ASCs) instead of hospital-based facilities. Private equity (PE) investment in US health care has grown considerably in the past decade. We aim to investigate the effects of PE investment in ASCs leveraging national data on procedural case mix, procedural cost, and quality outcomes.