Guy Clifton, MD, neurosurgeon and clinical investigator, joined the University of Texas-Houston Medical School faculty as head of neurosurgery in 1990. He received a B.S. from Texas A&M University in 1971 and an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston with high honors in 1975. He is the founding Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and served in that capacity until 2004. During that time, he also served as Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at Memorial Hermann Hospital. The recipient of a number of research grants, he is currently principal investigator for a $15.6 million multicenter randomized study designed to test moderate systemic cooling as a treatment for acute, severe brain injury. Dr. Clifton is founder and Chairman of Save Our ERs, a coalition of Houston business and health professionals dedicated to solving the emergency care crisis in Texas. Save Our ERs took a statewide leadership role in 2003 in the passage of legislation to fund uninsured trauma care in the state. He has served as Chairman of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Emergency/Trauma Care Policy Council, which seeks to coordinate provision of emergency services in the 13 counties of the Houston metropolitan area so that timely emergency services are available to its residents.
Charles Cowan, Ph.D., has 30 years of experience in statistical research and design. He consults for numerous public and private sector entities on the design, implementation, and evaluation of research, the use of sampling methods for a wide variety of counting and valuation problems, and the combination of sampling techniques with financial econometrics for the valuation of portfolios, properties, and other groups of assets. Dr. Cowan has designed some of the largest and most complex research programs conducted by the Federal Government, including the Post Enumeration Program conducted by the Bureau of the Census to evaluate the 1980 Decennial Census, the Economic Cash Recovery valuations conducted by the Resolution Trust Corporation in 1990-95, and many evaluation studies conducted for the Justice Department, the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Treasury Department. Dr. Cowan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in survey methods, statistics, and computer methods for analysis. He is the co-author of two books, one on evaluation of survey and census methods and one on econometric measures related to the welfare of the U.S. economy. Outside of UAB, Dr. Cowan runs a consulting firm, Analytic Focus LLC, specializing in Federal research and work for financial institutions and law firms. Previously, he was with Price Waterhouse, where he specialized in financial research, survey research, and audit sampling. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Cowan was the Chief Statistician for the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where he designed research necessary to measure the loss from the Savings & Loan Crisis of the late 1980's and capitalization requirements for the RTC funds from the U.S. Treasury.