Staff

Peter Bedocs, MD, PhD
Senior Scientist

Dr. Peter Bedocs is a Senior Scientist at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM).

Peter earned an MD and a PhD degree from Semmelweis University, Hungary. He joined the Henry M Jackson Foundation in 2009 and he has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing basic science and animal research projects.

He is also a member of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP), the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, and the Department of Anesthesiology at the Uniformed Services University.




Christian Calilung, MSc
Project Coordinator

Christian Calilung is a Project Coordinator at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). He manages DVCIPM's Information Systems, most notably by serving as administrator for DVCIPM's instance of Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap). He also serves as an IT adviser on many of DVCIPM's clinical resources, including the Pain Assessment and Screening Tools Outcomes Registry (PASTOR).

Before moving to the Washington, DC area and joining DVCIPM in 2015, Christian worked in hand surgery clinical research at an academic hospital in Boston, MA.

Originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Christian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with minors in Mathematics and Music from Boston College. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University.




Teresa Collins, CCRP
Research Coordinator 

Teresa Collins is a Research Coordinator at Madigan Medical Center working in Pain Management under the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). As a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) she works with ongoing protocols at the Madigan Fort Lewis Medical Center.

She's been with Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) since July 2012. Prior to that she worked as a Research Coordinator with studies in the private sector in Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Women’s Health and Internal Medicine for the last 20 years.

Before entering the research field, she was a back office nurse in working in women’s health.




Maria DiMarzio, BS
Research Assistant

Maria DiMarzio is a Research Assistant at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). In her role as Research Assistant, she is responsible for recruiting patients for pain outcomes survey studies.

She joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) in 2015 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Belmont University.



Harold Gelfand, MD
Associate Investigator 




Sara Gonzalez, CCRP
Research Coordinator 

Sara Gonzalez is a Research Coordinator at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). As a research coordinator she completes research projects and oversees compliance of protocols for the program. She also assists the staff in the HJF Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance in oversight of the Foundations Human Use and Animal Use protocols.

She's been with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) since 2009 working for the Combat Wound Initiative program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and then the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance at HJF Headquarters before joining DVCIPM.

Sara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland and is a certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP).




Krista Beth Highland, PhD
Senior Scientist 

Krista Beth Highland is the Senior Scientist at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in statistical methodology and clinical research. Dr. Highland is also a Research Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine.

She has been with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) since April 2014. Dr. Highland completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of Washington Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. After her PhD, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center.




Mike Kent, MD
Associate Investigator 




Raymond "Bobby" Kroma, BS
Research Assistant 

Raymond “Bobby” Kroma is a Research Assistant at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). He supports research staff with current protocols and clinical administrative duties at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Prior to joining DVCIPM in 2017, he worked as a research assistant in the Nutrition Science department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham analyzing pathways regulating metabolism.

Bobby obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 and plans to attend medical school.




Mary McDuffie, BSN, RN, CCRP
Research Nurse Coordinator 

Mary McDuffie is a Research Nurse Coordinator for the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). In her role as a Research Nurse Coordinator she is responsible for overseeing research protocol development, implementation, and execution.

She joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) in 2011 and has been a registered nurse for many years with a background in Burn ICU, Case Management, and Hospice.

Mary holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the Catholic University of America and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.




Matthew Millington, BS
Research Assistant 

Matthew Millington is a Research Assistant that joined the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) in August of 2016. As a Research Assistant, he works with research staff in several ongoing protocols in the Orthopedics Clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Prior to joining the team at DVCIPM, Matt worked as an intern for the Henry M Jackson Foundation, Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) during the summer of 2014.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently interested in pursuing a doctorate of medicine.




Nakeyia Rhodes, BSN, MS, NP
Acute Pain Research Nurse 

Nakeyia is an Acute Pain Research Nurse at the Defense & Veteran Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). She joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation in 2010 and has been a nurse for 18 years.

Nakeyia’s main role is to provide nursing support to the acute pain service and to facilitate clinical research studies at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Nakeyia has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Towson University, a Master’s of Science from Simmons College, and is Board Certified in Acute Pain Management.




Winifred Rojas, BSN, RN, CCRP
Research Nurse Coordinator 

Winifred Rojas is a Research Nurse Coordinator at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). She works with a team of Research Assistants to implement research protocols.

She joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) in 2003 and worked for the Clinical Breast Care Project (CBCP) for 5 years prior to pursuing a career in nursing. She worked at Psychiatric Emergency Services at the University of Maryland Medical Center before returning to HJF and joining DVCIPM in 2012.

Winifred has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP), and a US Army Veteran.




Julie Tran, BS
Research Assistant 

Julie Tran is a Research Assistant at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). As a research assistant she works with Research Staff in several ongoing protocols at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

She's been with Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) since August 2015. Before that, she worked as a research technician with Howard Hughes Medical Institution mapping out neural circuits of Drosophila for 3 years.

Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from George Mason University and is currently interested in pursuing a degree in Nursing.




Megan Vaughan, BSN, RN, CCRP
Research Project Manager 

Megan Vaughan is a Research Project Manager at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). She began her tenure with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation in 2010 as a Research Nurse. From 2014-2016 she served as the Project Manager for the Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) Acupuncture Training Across a Clinical Setting (ATACS) which trained over 2,800 military clinical providers in auricular acupuncture.

In her current role as Research Project Manager, she is responsible for the management of all DVCIPM research activity. She works with clinical research investigators on the entire lifecycle of a research study including protocol development, regulatory affairs/IRB compliance, implementation of approved studies, and study close out.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ball State University.