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  • Aeon Scientific Advisory Board Goals

    Our forum of nationally respected and internationally renowned medical and academic experts serve to support Aeon Global Health as a leader in scientific innovation in the areas of clinical diagnostics and healthcare technology.

    Scientific Advisory Board Members

    Dr. Holly Carpenter, Ph.D.
    Dr. Ruben Alexander, P.A.
    Dr. Michael (Mike) Bodri, D.V.M.
    Dr. Tariq Butt, M.D.
    Dr. Geralyn Datz, Ph.D.
    Dr. Miguel de la Garza, M.D.
    Dr. Naomi Florea, Ph.D.
    Dr. James Flowers, Ph.D., LPC-S
    Dr. Aijaz Ali Khowaja, Dr.PH, MPH, MD
    Dr. Nael McCarty, Ph.D.
    Dr. Brian Raybon, M.D.
    Dr. Salim Surani, M.D., MPH, MSHM, FACP, FCCP, FAASM
    Dr. Carlos Tan, M.D., FACS


  • Dr. Ruben Alexander, P.A.

    President Park Central Family Practice, Inc. Decatur, GA since 1998

    Mr. Alexander is a 1982 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry. He went on to Emory University School of Medicine, where he earned a Bachelor of medical science degree from the Physician’s Assistant Program in 1985. He has worked as a Physician Assistant and functioned in the role as President, Park Central Family Practice, Inc. Decatur, GA from 1998 to the present. He previously held positions as a physician assistant and a neuro diagnostic technician all over the state of Georgia. Currently, he resides in Stockbridge Georgia with his wife of 34 years. Father of 3

  • Dr. Michael (Mike) Bodri, D.V.M., Ph.D.

    Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of North Georgia

    Michael Bodri obtained his veterinary degree (VMD) and his PhD in Pathobiology (parasitology) from the University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice in three states and has IACUC experience, having served as AV for a university with an animal science and biotechnology program. For the past 11 years he has served as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of North Georgia. His research interests are in the continued development of a heavy chain antibody phage display library that could be utilized for diagnostic purposes or treatment of plant, animal and human diseases.

  • Dr. Tariq Butt, M.D.

    Vice President of Health Affairs and founding member of Access Community Health Network (ACCESS), Chicago, IL

    Dr. Tariq Butt is a founding member of Access Community Health Network (ACCESS). Since 1991, Dr. Butt has been on the frontlines of community-based health care delivery as a board-certified family physician.
    Committed to Improving the Health of Illinois Residents
    Dr. Butt has served as the Deputy Medical Officer at ACCESS since 2007. Under his leadership, more than 250 physicians and mid-level providers provide primary, preventive and specialty care to 200,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the metropolitan Chicago area. He has been instrumental in creating a family practice training residency program model at ACCESS that enhances patient care and promotes community engagement. Dr. Butt’s commitment to quality health care in Illinois is evident by his leadership on influential health policy and physician committees, which includes being a member of the Public Health Committee for the Chicago Medical Society, delegate for the Chicago Medical Society and the Illinois State Medical Society, and a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Butt also serves as Chair of the Medical Disciplinary Board and is a physician consultant to the Bureau of Medicaid Integrity.
    Strong Civic Leadership
    Dr. Butt is a truly active and engaged member of Chicago’s civic and philanthropic communities, serving on several foundations including the Otho S.A. Sprague Foundation, Portes Foundation and Snow City Arts Foundation. In addition to his passion for health care, Dr. Butt is an education advocate and champion serving more than 20 years (1995-2011) on the Chicago Board of Education, and is a former director of the Illinois Association of School Boards (1996-2011). He continues to serve as a member of the Steering Committee on the Council of Urban Boards of Education.
    Teacher and Mentor
    Dr. Butt is known for mentoring hundreds of students throughout his 30-year medical career. From the Ukraine to Turkey to Pakistan, students from across the globe seek out Dr. Butt for his experience and perspective on community health. Currently, Dr. Butt serves as a preceptor for the Mount Sinai Family Medicine Residency Program – one of the first of its kind in the Midwest to be based in a community health center setting. He also holds teaching appointments at the University of Illinois Medical College, Rush University Medical School (Chicago) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). He is also the Senior Advisory Board Member of the School-Based Pediatric Asthma Research Committee.
    International Bridge Builder and People Connector
    Dr. Butt’s strong ability to connect people and leverage resources have gained him international prestige as a global healthcare thought leader and visionary with a strong commitment to addressing health disparities. He has extensive experience building international partnerships to develop systems of care for medically underserved communities. Most recently, as part of the U.S. State Department medical exchange program, Dr. Butt studied the delivery of medical care in Turkey. Dr. Butt worked with Turkish physicians to implement World Health Organization (WHO) standard of care practices in the cities of Kiev and Leviv. He has also worked with government leaders and key officials across the globe to facilitate global health care collaborations and expand medical education best practices. Currently, Dr. Butt advises officials in Mexico City, Karachi, Dubai, Lahore and Kiev. His work has resulted in the development of a liver transplant center, improved oral health care practices, standardized H1N1 preparations and improved systems of care on a global level. Among his appointments are Chair of the Mexico City Health Committee, and advisor to the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and the University of Illinois at Chicago on international health programs.
    A Voice in the Asian American Community
    He is the Founding Member of the Asian American Institute and Chair of the Chicago Lahore Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Dr. Butt is often invited by government leaders and senior officials to represent the Asian American community on city, county and state Commissions.
    Other Acknowledgements
    Dr. Butt has received many prestigious awards including: The Loretta Lacey Advocacy (2003), for his work in child advocacy; The Horatio Alger Award (2002); was inducted into the Asian American Hall of Fame (2002); The American Heart Saver (2002); The American Heart Association (2002); The Chicago’s 1997 Big Hearts for Young Heroes; and The 1995 Pan-Asian American Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

  • Dr. Geralyn Datz, Ph.D.

    Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist, President, Southern Pain Society, Hattiesburg, MS

    Dr. Geralyn Datz is a licensed clinical health psychologist. She is a nationally recognized speaker and provides education on the impact of chronic pain, stress, effectively managing medical illnesses and addiction. Dr Datz provides insight on how to conservatively manage medical and psychological diagnoses using cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy and functional restoration approaches. Dr. Datz is the President of Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates PLLC, in Hattiesburg, MS. This group practice specializes in forensics, personal injury, and functional restoration. Dr. Datz is also the current President of the Southern Pain Society, a non-profit society that is dedicated to pain education to health care providers. Dr Datz is a native of New York, and completed her Bachelors in Psychology at St John University, in Queens NY. She later completed a Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY. She completed residency at New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and a fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center,in Baton Rouge. Dr Datz has authored scientific articles and book chapters on the topics of health psychology, pain treatment, the mind-body connection, and treatment of injured workers. She has presented at WCI360, RIMS, and is a frequent presenter at scientific and industry conferences.

  • Dr. Miguel de la Garza, M.D.

    Dedicated to the practice of pain management and treatment, Dr. Miguel de la Garza is committed to the study and advancement of pain medicines and therapies in the treatment of pain associated with physical injury and chronic disease. Dr. de la Garza received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 2001. He completed anesthesia residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida in 2005. He then performed an interventional pain management fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Dr. de la Garza joined Comprehensive Pain Management Partners in August of 2007. He is licensed to practice in Ohio and Florida. Dr. de la Garza has published abstracts and articles in peer reviewed journals on anesthesia and pain management. He has special interest in the treatment of disc herniation with new minimally invasive techniques which require no surgery. He also performs spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. He is a frequent lecturer on the topics. He is a member of the ASRA, FSA, IASP, ASA, and ABPM.

    "Pain affects most people at some time in their lives. If untreated this pain greatly diminishes quality of life and robs people of dignity, self reliance, and independence. We are committed to the study of new and advanced pain treatments to restore lost function, regain independence, and improve quality of life." Miguel de la Garza, M.D.

  • Dr. Naomi Florea, Ph.D.

    Vice Chair of Innovation and Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • Dr. James Flowers, Ph.D., LPC-S

    Certified Counselor and CEO of Kemah Palms Recovery, Kemah, TX

    For 20 years, I have specialized in the area of pain management, addiction and chronic pain assessment. I designed, implemented, and trained the clinical staff and served as Clinical Director of the Sierra Tucson pain management program. I have served as national marketing director for several pain recovery programs throughout the United States. I designed the Pain Recovery Program at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center and served on the clinical and national marketing teams. I currently serve as CEO of Kemah Palms Recovery. I am passionately dedicated to clinical excellence and providing compassionate and effective treatment. There are 133 million people in the US with chronic pain. Often with pain, there is addiction. Opiate treatment causes physical and emotional addiction. Physical pain increases when there is an emotional factor. Anger, anxiety, depression. I can help teach you how to overcome emotional reactions that increase physical pain.
    Years in Practice: 10+ Years
    School: Sam Houston State University
    Year Graduated: 1995
    License No. and State: 13681 Texas

  • Dr. Aijaz Ali Khowaja, Dr.PH, MPH, MD

    Dr. Aijaz Ali Khowaja, a physician, global health leader, public health executive, academician, researcher, epidemiologist and strategic thinker on developing community health care programs for under-served. He established enormous and diverse clinical and preventive health care models that provide medical, dental and multi-specialty services. Presently he is working on expanded his vision to integrate behavioral health services with primary care programs. He is founder of many private and non-profit institutions that serve more than 100,000 patients each year. He also serves many boards; as well as Adjunct Faculty of Baylor College of Medicine.

    Dr. Khowaja earned his Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health, and earned Master of Public Health from the University of Glasgow. He graduated and acquired MD degree from Pakistan. He is also fellow of American Leadership Forum.

    Dr. Khowaja’s accomplishments have benefited the city of Houston, the state of Texas and low-income families and communities throughout the Greater Houston Area and Southeast Texas. His accomplishments include: Establishing a strong public and private partnership with city of Houston and the state of Texas; founding nine community clinics in the state of Texas; and creating and managing a successful model of operational sustainability. Dr. Khowaja’s work has been publically recognized countless times by the Governor of Texas, Mayor of Houston, Houston’s philanthropic community as well as state and congressional leaders. He also established many comprehensive health care models in developing countries to improve quality of life with special focus on maternal and child health. He also established many community schools that provide free education access to under-served females in poor countries.

  • Dr. Nael McCarty, Ph.D.

    Marcus Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, and Director Emory + Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence, Atlanta, GA

    Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis Emory University School of Medicine, Professor and Senior Cystic Fibrosis Scientist, Division of Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sleep Department of Pediatrics, Director, Center for Cystic Fibrosis Research
    Director, Emory+Children’s CF Center of Excellence Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    He earned his MS in marine biology in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his PhD in cell physiology in Houston, Texas. He then received postdoctoral training in molecular physiology at Caltech, before moving to Atlanta in 1994.
    His first academic position was as Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics at Emory, during which time he also became Associate Director for Research at Emory’s CF Care Center. 
    He played a key role in developing the research programs at our Center.
    Dr. McCarty moved his lab to Georgia Tech in 2001 where he was Associate Professor of Biology. During the next six years, Dr. McCarty managed a very active research lab while also
    honing his skills as an accomplished teacher for which he was recognized with several awards. Dr. McCarty also made substantial service contributions at Georgia Tech, including serving as the Chair of the Institute-wide Biosafety Committee for five years during which time he transformed the policies and procedures of this important functionality on campus.
    The Department of Pediatrics recruited Dr. McCarty back to Emory late in 2007 as Senior CF Scientist. Since that time, Dr. McCarty has become an important member of the faculty while
    expanding his basic science research into new more-translational areas, primarily focused on CF. He now manages a lab with ten members including students, fellows, junior faculty, and
    research staff, and is well-funded by the NIH. 
    Dr. McCarty is serves as the Scientific Director of the seed grant program for the new Pediatric Center, a program that supports research and career development of faculty in Emory’s clinical departments, jointly funded by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, and Emory Healthcare.
    Dr. McCarty has made many contributions to graduate education at both Emory and Georgia Tech, and is currently the Director of the Molecules-to-Mankind program in the Laney Graduate School. He was recently recognized as Research Mentor of the Year in the Department of Pediatrics. 
    He has served in an important role on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Research Advisory Council since its inception in 2009.
    Most importantly, Dr. McCarty serves as Director of the Emory Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence, and is also the Director of the Center for CF and Airways Disease Research, one of the seven research centers established in January 2010.
    In the McCarty lab, we focus on the molecular physiology of ion channels and receptors, with emphasis on epithelial chloride channels. Our specific focus is the pathophysiology of Cystic Fibrosis, including the structure/function of CFTR and its many roles in the airway. We pioneered the use of peptide toxins as probes of chloride channels. We also have projects that study the functional consequences of heterodimerization among GPCRs, the role of CFTR in regulation of sweat composition, and the molecular ecology of predator-prey interactions in the marine environment.  Our translational research in CF targets:  (a) the mechanism by which the expression of mutant CFTR in airway epithelial cells impacts the development of CF-related diabetes; and (b) identification of biomarkers of acute pulmonary exacerbations in CF along with development of a novel device for their detection in the home.
    The goal of the Center for Cystic Fibrosis Research is to engage Atlanta researchers in basic and translational research that will lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of this disease and/or generate new devices and treatments to increase the length and quality of life for CF patients. The novel theme for these research activities is 'The Systems Biology of the CF Lung'.w

  • Dr. Brian Raybon, M.D.,

    Owner and Practicing Physician, Raybon Obstetrics and Gynecology, Toccoa, GA
    Absent due to OG/Gyn association meeting, director

  • Dr. Salim Surani, M.D., MPH, MSHM, FACP, FCCP, FAASM

    Clinical Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Program Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program, Bay Area Medical Center, Corpus Christi, President, It's Your Life Foundation

    Clinical Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Program Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program, Bay Area Medical Center, Corpus Christi, President, It's Your Life Foundation
    The It’s Your Life Foundation (IYLF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve and educate our community locally and globally to make better life choices.
    We have reached more than 10,000 kids in our community in the year of 2015-2016. Through our iConquer program questionnaire results, children have demonstrated an increase in their knowledge of diabetes and obesity prevention. Children are being equipped for the future!
    Dr. Salim Surani is a pulmonologist in Aransas Pass, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Care Regional Medical Center and Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Pulmonary Medicine
    1993 – 1995
    University of Illinois
    Residency, Internal Medicine
    1990 – 1993
    Yale University
    Master of Public Health (MPH), Health Policy Analysis
    1989 – 1990
    University of Texas Dallas
    MSHM, Health Management

  • Dr. Carlos Tan, M.D., FACS,

    General Surgeon and Practicing Physician, Gainesville, GA

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    He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

    Undergrad: Far Eastern University-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Manila, Philippines, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technoloy, April, 1973
    Graduate Education: Far Eastern University-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Manila, Doctor of Medicine, April, 1977
    Internship: Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Manila, Philippines, June, 1978
    Surgical Residency: St. Francis Medical center, Trenton, New Jersey, USA, June, 1984
    Fellowship: Texas Heart Institute, Houston , Texas USA, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, July, 1984-June, 1985, Denton Cooley MD, Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
    Practice: General and Vascular Surgery, Private practice, June , 1985- January,2011
    Pain management, July, 2011-August, 2014
    General Practice, July, 2015-present
    Board certification: American Board of Surgery

  • Dr. Holly Carpenter, Ph.D.

    Chair of the Aeon Scientific Advisory Board and Director of Business Development

    Scientific Background

    With a strong background in science and research, Dr. Carpenter earned her doctorate in chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the area of peptide and protein engineering. Her research focused specifically on the design and engineering of collagen and elastin-based protein materials for fundamental and biomedical research applications. With over 10 years of experience at the highest levels of academic scientific research in protein materials, Holly leads the research and development division of Aeon as well as coordinates projects in University Partnership initiatives and business development.

    After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Holly accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, where she achieved a status of tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Holly regularly taught courses for undergraduates in biochemistry and medicinal chemistry, as well as introductory chemistry courses. For over 7 years, she conducted academic research with competitive national grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and from the Burroughs Wellcom Fund in the area of protein engineering. She also conducted collaborative research projects with faculty colleagues and her student researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA, and at Tufts University in Medford, MA. She has traveled both across the United States and internationally to present her research at universities and professional scientific conferences, such as the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in the U.S. and the International EMBO Meeting in Nice, France. Holly has also served as a reviewer for competitive grants at the national level for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.


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