Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Translating Science into Solutions for Better Health

Institute Directors

Thomas A. Buchanan, MDView Profile

Thomas Buchanan, MD

Director, SC CTSI

Vice Dean for Research
Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Physiology and Biophysics
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Buchanan is the founding director of the SC CTSI. Administratively, he brings to the SC CTSI more than 20 years of experience leading clinical and translational research programs.

Scientifically, Dr. Buchanan leads an interdisciplinary translational team whose ground breaking research has helped define mechanisms and clinical approaches for prevention and treatment of gestational and type 2 diabetes in Latinos.

Buchanan’s honors include the Norbert Freinkel Award and a Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the American Diabetes Association, and election to the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Buchanan received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix and at the University of Iowa, and did a combined clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Northwestern University.

Michele D. Kipke, PhDView Profile

Michele Kipke, PhD

Co-Director, SC CTSI
Director, Community Engagement, SC CTSI

Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Director of Clinical Research, The Saban Research Institute

Dr. Kipke received her PhD in Experimental/Health Psychology in 1990 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. A nationally known health researcher and policy expert, she is widely published on topics that examine individual, familial, peer, and social network influences on youth involvement in risky behaviors.

Dr. Kipke’s research interests include neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism; disparities in health outcomes; social epidemiology and health status/outcomes of children, adolescents, and families; and community-based translational research.