Danny is a Pediatrician; he and his wife Donna have four children. Their oldest son was initially enrolled in SOAR’s summer camp program in NC and was then a student at the Academy at SOAR for 3 years.
Danny obtained his medical degree and completed a pediatric residency at the University of Virginia. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Duke University and a Masters in Public Health and PhD in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research group pioneered much of the methods in completing pharmacokinetic (dosing) and safety trials of medicines in premature infants. This led to bipartisan legislation in 2012 that required the study of all new medicines in premature neonates. His group has since expanded to the study of medicines in children of all ages and most therapeutic areas as evidenced by >300 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Danny continues to lead multi-center studies and is the Principal Investigator of multiple NIH and FDA-sponsored grants and contracts of $250,000,000 in current federal funding including the Pediatric Trials Network; the Trial Innovation Network; the Environmental Impact on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program; and Global Pediatric Clinical Trials Network Sponsored. Danny has won 7 awards for teaching and mentorship at Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and University of Virginia; and he is recognized nationally for mentorship through his work as PI and/or mentor for Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology programs including a T32, a K24, and an R25 to train the next generation of pediatric clinical trials researchers.
Danny is also the head coach of the Smith Middle School baseball team in Chapel Hill. He is very proud to be the only Chapel Hill baseball coach to lead two teams to the coveted Orange Person County Athletic Conference (OPAC) Baseball Championship!