Meet Our Team : Research

Andrew V. Schally, PhD, MDhc (Multi), D.Sc,hc, Distinguished Medical Research Scientist

Andrew V. Schally, PhD, MDhc (Multi), D.Sc,hc

Andrew V. Schally, PhD, MDhc (Multi), D.Sc,hc
Distinguished Medical Research Scientist
International Medicine Institute Research Scientist
Head of The Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Research Services
South Florida VA Foundation for Research and Education
Distinguished Leonard M. Miller Professor of Pathology
Professor Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1977

Research, Teaching and Positions:
Research Assistant: Department of Biochemistry, National Institute for Medical Research, Medical Research Council, Mill Hill, London England, December 1949-April 1952
Research Assistant: Endocrine Unit, Allan Memorial Institute for Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, May 1952-September 1957
Research Associate: Department of Physiology, Baylor University College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, September 1957-July 1960
Assistant Professor of Physiology: Department of Physiology, Baylor University College of Medicine, July 1960-December 1962
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Baylor University College of Medicine, July 1960-December 1962
Associate Professor of Medicine: Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1962-July 1967
Senior Medical Investigator: The Veterans Administration, 1973-October 1999
Chief, Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1962-August 2005
Professor of Medicine: Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 1967-February 2006
Section Head of Experimental Medicine: Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1980-February 2006

Present Appointments:
Chief, Endocrine, Polypeptide Cancer Institute, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, Florida
Distinguished Medical Research Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Distinguished Leonard M. Miller Professor of Pathology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Gustavo A. Godoy, M.B.A., C.R.A., Director of Research

Gustavo A. Godoy, M.B.A., C.R.A.

Mr. Godoy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master in Management in Health Care Administration. Mr. Godoy is a Certified Research Administrator with over 30 publications to his credit. Mr. Godoy received the Hartford-Nicholson Award by the Society of Research Administrators for outstanding contribution, the highest honor given by the Society of Research Administrators to its Members. He retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in March of 2007, where he served for almost 45 years. Mr. Godoy started as a Research Chemist and completed his career as the Founding Executive Director of the South Florida Veterans Affairs for Research and Education Foundation.

Christian Marin y Kall, M.D., M.B.A., Associate Director for Research

Christian Marin y Kall, M.D., M.B.A.

Christian Marin y Kall is a native of Mexico where he graduated as a medical doctor in 2003 from La Salle University. He subsequently completed a Masters of Business Administration focusing on the Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami. Dr. Marin y Kall has an extensive background in clinical research. He joined the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) in 2005 where he managed multiple clinical trials in congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, acute coronary syndrome and collaborated in some registries.

On April 2010 he was recruited by the UMMSM – International Medicine Institute as its research project manager and since 2011 he serves as the Associate Director for Research Administration. In this role, Dr. Marin y Kall, has successfully completed U.S. based (Medtronic, all TAVR CoreValve® cohorts and Symplicity™ RDN System) and International medical device clinical trials – including first in man studies in South America and the Caribbean (Direct Flow®, Tendyne, Aegis Surgical, NeuroTronik). Christian’s medical education, clinical research and business administration knowledge has guided startup medical device companies find their ideal clinical site to complete their clinical protocols within the IMI Research Network.

Leopoldo Raij, M.D., F.A.H.A., Director of the Program for International Research Scholars

Leopoldo Raij, M.D., F.A.H.A.

Dr. Raij received his MD from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) in Argentina, and completed his internship and residency at University Hospital, UNL. Before coming to the University of Miami, he was Attending Physician and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, as well as the Chief of the Nephrology/Hypertension Section of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Currently, Dr. Raij is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Hypertension Nephrology/Hypertension Division, and Vice Chair of the Vascular Biology Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine and as of June 2008 – Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the University of Miami Medical School. He is also Chief of the Nephrology-Hypertension Section of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami.

Dr. Raij has been a member of the Merit Review Board of the Veterans Administration, the Scientific Research Board of the American Society of Hypertension, the National Kidney Foundation Council on Hypertension, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of Hypertension and Kidney International and is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease of the American Heart Association from July 1994 to 1996. Dr. Raij currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Hypertension and is CO-PI of the NIH funded, Miami component of the Hispanic Community Health Study. He received the Lewis Dahl Award from the American Heart Association. Dr. Raij has published over 180 articles in peer-reviewed publications.