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Advisory Committee

Committee Members for the TTUHSC Clinical Research Institute (CRI)

Tedd Mitchell

Tedd Mitchell, MD

TTUHSC President
T: 806.743.2900
F: 806.743.2910

Steven Berk

Steven L. Berk, MD

Executive Vice President and Provost
SOM Dean
T: 806.743.3000
F: 806.743.3021

Lorenz Lutherer

Lorenz O. Lutherer, MD, PhD

Executive Director of the CRI
T: 806.743.4222 ext 230
F: 806.743.4371

Tom Tenner

Tom Tenner, PhD

SOM Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development
T: 806.743.3010
F: 806.743.4082

Alan Peiris

Alan Peiris, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCP

CRI Co-Director and Professor, SOM Department of Internal Medicine
T: 806.743.3155
F: 806.743.3148

Cathy Lovett

Cathy Lovett, RN, MSN, CCRP, CCRC

Managing Director of the CRI
T: 806.743.4222 ext 222
F: 806.743.4371

Sharon Decker

Sharon Decker, RN, CS, PhD, CCRN

F. Marie Hall SimLife Center-Director of Clinical Simulations
T: 806.743.2730
F: 806.743.1622

Rajinder Koul

Rajinder Koul, PhD, CCC-SLP

School of Allied Health Professions-Associate Dean of Research
T: 806.743.3220
F: 806.743.2994

Sharmila Dissanaike

Sharmila Dissanaike, MD

Professor School of Medicine-Department of Surgery
T: 806.743.2370
F: 806.743.2113

Alyce Ashcraft

Alyce Ashcraft, RN, PhD, CNE, ANEF

School of Nursing-Associate Academic Dean for Research
T: 806.743.2730
F: 806.743.1622

Richard Leff

Richard Leff, PharmD

Dallas Campus-School of Pharmacy-Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical/Translational Research
T: 214-654-9404


  • Evaluate CRI function and make recommendations.
  • Make recommendations related to CRI Policy.
  • Review submitted investigator-initiated protocols: approve or make suggestions for revision.
  • Review submitted industry-sponsored trials: recommend proceeding with or refusing trial.
  • Review progress of ongoing projects and recommend changes when needed.