Frank J. Papatheofanis, MD, MPH, MLitt (Div), PhD

President and Founder -


Chief Academic Officer -

Ryan West

Chief Financial Officer -

Marina Trigonis-Karavokiris, MA

Dean of Admissions and Registrar -

Christos Korgan, PhD

Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness -

Board of Trustees: 

Arturo Alemany, Daniel Braun (Chair), Penny Brunner, Dr. Thomas Buchanan, John Dempsey, Angelo Georggin Esq., Despina Georggin Esq., Steven Kreta, Dr. Frank Papatheofanis, Saba Saba, Concetta Smarius, Carol Vassiliadis, James Waters Esq.

Hierarchical Advisors: 

+Metropolitan Joseph, +Archbishop Benjamin, +Metropolitan Gerasimos, +Bishop Maxim, + Bishop Irenei

Clergy Advisors/Chaplains: 

Fr. Jon Braun (Emeritus), Fr. Bratislav Krsic, Fr. John Reimann

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the University of Saint Katherine website!

As one of the youngest universities committed to the arts and sciences in the nation, our history has yet to be written and our legacy is yet to be defined. Fortunately, we stand on giants’ shoulders through a historic Orthodox Christian lineage in higher education that dates back to the 5th century. This lineage continues the tradition of analytical thought and academic discipline that holistically transforms the individual through scholarship, research and service to others. Accordingly, as you explore our website, you’ll come to understand that Inquiry Seeking Wisdom has been the unifying aim of transformative education for centuries.

Students today have a wide choice of colleges and universities. Do we need another institution? We think we do, and embarked on the inauguration of this new institution with cautious optimism. We distinguish ourselves from other colleges and universities in our commitment to the education of each individual student as evidenced by our faculty and staff dedication, an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum, and student-centered support services.

There are no cookie-cutter rubrics for degree completion here. Students are engaged in every aspect of learning and scholarship alongside their professors. The faculty in turn is available and engaged with students and other faculty and academics, and students benefit from this collegial culture. Every student completes a four-year integrated, interdisciplinary sequence in core subjects as well as studies in their degree-specific discipline; they do not pick general education classes from qualifying lists.

This integrated, interdisciplinary core sequence intentionally enhances and solidifies students’ understanding of the world around them and is a distinctive feature of the University of Saint Katherine. Appropriately, all of our students also study science and mathematics, the languages of contemporary civilization, before embarking on studies in their major area of concentration. Foreign language proficiency is also a requirement. Additionally, all University of Saint Katherine students study theology and learn what it means to be an active Christian witness in a complex and intricately connected world.

University of Saint Katherine is ideal for students seeking a rigorous education underpinned by Christian identity and the sense of adventure that only comes with creating and building something new. While our website provides an extensive overview of the University and its programs, please know that it is unable to convey adequately the character and commitment of our students, faculty and staff. So please browse our website and contact us with your questions – we look forward to hearing from you and learning about you.

     Frank J. Papatheofanis, MD, MPH, MLitt(Div), PhD

     President and Founder



Frank J. Papatheofanis, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist and educator with over 30 years of leadership experience in academic medicine and science. His research career began in the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago. He subsequently directed the Biomaterials and Bioengineering Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedics and served as Assistant Research Professor at the University of Illinois where he earned a doctorate in biochemistry and a medical degree; he then completed postgraduate residency training and served as chief resident in the Department of Radiology at Loyola University Medical Center. He also completed advanced training in health policy and economics and earned the Master in Public Health (MPH) degree at Johns Hopkins. Papatheofanis subsequently completed graduate studies (MLitt Divinity) in theology at the University of St Andrews (Scotland). He founded and directed the Advanced Medical Technology Assessment and Policy Program at UCSD where he also directed the Science, Technology and Public Affairs Program, was attending physician in radiology, and served on the faculty for over 15 years.

Dr. Papatheofanis serves as editor, editorial board member, and peer reviewer for many leading professional publications. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific and medical peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and books; he is emeritus editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Risk Management and Health Policy. His research currently focuses on interdisciplinary learning and Christian higher education. He serves on the Theological Education Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. He also serves on the boards of Viking Scientific, Inc., the LaJolla Bioengineering Institute, and the Boy Scout Eagle Board of Review.

Dr. Papatheofanis and his wife Dr. Julie Papatheofanis have three children and reside in San Diego. Dr. Julie Papatheofanis is a practicing physician, serves on the Board of FOCUS NA, and Chairs the Board of Trustees of Project Mexico and St Innocent Orphanage. They founded the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies at Wheaton College (IL).