Consuelo H. Wilkins, M.D., M.S.C.I., is the new Director of the CDTR Enrichment program. She serves as the Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, a strategic partnership between Meharry Medical College & Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her primary responsibilities include developing & supporting collaborative initiatives & programs in biomedical research, community engagement & interprofessional learning. She holds appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center & Meharry Medical College. As co-director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community-Engaged Research Core in the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical & Translational Science, she brings together academic researchers & community members to improve community health & healthcare through community-engaged research. Dr. Wilkins is widely recognized for her work in stakeholder engagement & is Principal Investigator of a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Research Award focused on Improving Patient Engagement & Understanding its Impact on Research.
Dr. Wilkins’ prior research has focused on understanding the complex intersection between cognitive impairment, frailty & depression. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2012, Dr. Wilkins was an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, with secondary appointments in Psychiatry & Surgery (Public Health Sciences) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She served as Founding Director of the Center for Community Health & Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health, co-director of the Center for Community Engaged Research in the CTSA, & director of "Our Community, Our Health", a collaborative program with Saint Louis University to disseminate culturally relevant health information & facilitate community-academic partnerships to address health disparities.
Dr. Wilkins serves on numerous national committees & boards including the CTSA Consortium Collaboration/Engagement Domain Task Force (Lead Team), PCORI Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials Subcommittee on Recruitment, Accrual, & Retention, PCORnet Patient & Consumer Engagement Task Force (co-chair), & the NIA Task Force for Diversity in Scholar Development in Aging/Neurocognitive Disease & Research Recruitment.
Consuelo Hopkins Wilkins, M.D., with Dolores Gunn, M.D., director of the St. Louis County Department of Health.
The Center for Diabetes Translation Research is
supported by NIH grant DK092986.
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