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Contact the research location nearest you to obtain more information about our clinical trials.

About Us

Chesapeake Urology Research Associates is a subsidiary of Chesapeake Urology Associates. Our investigators bring extensive experience and knowledge to our clinical trials and to your treatment. Patient safety is our primary concern. All clinical trials are conducted according to the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCPs) as mandated by the FDA. We pledge to closely monitor your health throughout the study and provide prompt, personal care.

Our Medical Director, Ronald Tutrone, M.D., F.A.C.S., has conducted more than 100 phase I, II and III clinical trials covering a broad range of urological conditions ranging from urinary incontinence to erectile dysfunction. We also have multiple trials dealing with the prevention and treatment of urologic malignancies.

Our staff consists of experienced Principal Investigators and Certified Clinical Research Coordinators who are dedicated to patient care. Through our clinical trials, patients can access advanced technology and therapies before they are readily available to the general public.

About Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a carefully designed research study that investigates the effectiveness of a specific treatment for a particular group of people. Well designed clinical trials are the fastest way to find treatments that work. Participants are closely monitored by knowledgeable, experienced physicians (investigators) and health care professionals (clinical research coordinators).

Clinical trials usually involve three phases. In Phase I, a small number of participants are tested to assess drug safety. Phase II tests the ideal drug dosage and Phase III is a larger study to assess both safety and efficacy.

To provide an added level of safety and oversight, all clinical trials are approved by an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB). Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled environments.


Participating in a clinical trial has many potential benefits. These include:

  • Access to the latest treatments before they are widely available
  • Possible compensation for your time and reimbursement for extra services
  • Closer monitoring of your condition by expert medical professionals
  • Improved medical knowledge that can benefit others

All clinical trials involve some drawbacks. The new treatment may:

  • Not benefit you even if it benefits others
  • Prove less beneficial than doctors hope and even less effective than an existing treatment
  • Cause unanticipated side effects
  • Involve more frequent visits to your physician's office

What to Expect

Be sure to get any questions about the study answered by your doctor or health professional so that you can make an informed choice. If you're eligible and wish to enroll, you'll be asked to review and sign a consent form.

While each clinical trial is different, you generally will work with a health care team that includes a doctor and a research coordinator. This team will follow a research protocol where all participants in an assigned group get the same tests and treatment. The team will check your health, carefully monitor you during the study and follow up after the study. It's important to take all prescribed treatments and keep all scheduled visits.

Participants may be assigned to a group that receives a placebo (an inactive treatment) or an existing treatment instead of the investigational treatment, to help determine its effectiveness. In this situation, you will receive the same careful medical attention. To avoid bias, your doctor may not know which treatment you are receiving.

Enrolling in a trial is strictly voluntary and you may withdraw for any reason. For more information or to enroll in a study, please contact the research location nearest you.

Meet Our Staff
All members of the CURA team conduct research follow Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and ICH Guidelines. Their experience includes all phases of clinical protocols. Staff members are IATA certified and participate in educational conferences to keep abreast of new rules and regulations.

Ronald F. Tutrone, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., CPI
Dr. Tutrone is the Medical Director of Chesapeake Urology Research Associates (CURA) and Chief of Urology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He has been voted a "Top Doc" by Baltimore Magazine three times, and has authored numerous articles in the urology literature. He has been principal investigator in more than 100 clinical trials and was recently appointed chairman of the William E. Kalhert Endowment for Urological Research. Dr. Tutrone's clinical interests include treatment of urologic malignancies including kidney, bladder and prostate; laparoscopic treatment of renal and adrenal tumors; kidney stone treatment; urinary incontinence in men and women; and prostate disorders. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Heather Thomas, CCRC
GBMC office
Director of Clinical Research
Heather's career in the field of Urology spans 15+ years. In 1995 Heather assisted Ronald Tutrone, MD in establishing this research division. Her research experience ranges from clinical to administrative. Heather is a certified research professional through the ACRP. Passion for patient care and quality research remain her primary focus for the research division of Chesapeake Urology Associates. Email: hthomas@cua.md

Virginia Michaels, CCRC
Virginia has been conducting clinical research since 2005 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and joined the CURA team in 2008.In 2010 she received her certification from the ACRP as a research professional. Virginia is committed to conducting high quality research and assisting the physicians in their care of the patients. Email: vmichaels@cua.md

Barbara Banchero, CCRC
Owings Mills, Continence Center and Prostate Center offices
Bobbi has been conducting clinical research since 2005 at the University of Maryland & AAMC. She joined the CURA team in 2012. Bobbi is dedicated to working in research and is passionate about the significant improvements to the quality of life that research can bring. Email: bbanchero@cua.md

Renee Hammond, LPN, CRC
Franklin Square Office
Renee has been a research coordinator for 13 years in therapeutic areas such as allergy, immunology, endocrinology and urology. She joined the CURA team in April 2014. In addition to being a research coordinator, Renee has also been a nurse for over 15 years. She strives to educate her patients about their conditions and enjoys the one-on-one time with patients that conducting research allows. Email: rhammond@cua.md

Rebecca Johnson Acra, B.S., CRA
GBMC office
Rebecca has been involved in various therapeutic areas of clinical research since 2005 and joined the CURA team in 2012. Rebecca provides public assurance that the rights, safety and well-being of trial subjects are protected and assists in ensuring the high standard of care that CURA has always offered. Email: racra@cua.md

Wendy Paxton, CCRC
Glen Burnie office
Research Coordinator

Wendy has worked in the clinical research field since 2007 and received her certification from ACRP in October 2011. She joined the CURA team in March 2014. Wendy's myriad of clinical knowledge and skills are utilized throughout many clinical trials with CURA. Wendy is very passionate about providing quality care to our patients. Email:wpaxton@cua.md

Angie Somers, CCRC
Franklin Square office
Angela has worked in the therapeutic area of Urology since 2001 and joined the CURA team in 2008. Angela is a dedicated coordinator who appreciates the opportunity that clinical research provides in enabling her to serve our patients with in-depth, one-on-one quality care. Email: asomers@cua.md

Crystal Vaughan, CCRP
Research Coordinator
Crystal has over five years of clinical research experience and joined the CURA team in 2013. She received her clinical research certification from SoCRA and her master's degree in Clinical Research Administration. Crystal is dedicated to providing professional integrity to clinical research as well as patient care. Email: cvaughan@cua.md

Chesapeake Urology Research Associates Locations


Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
Physicians Pavilion North
6535 North Charles St., Suite 625
Baltimore, MD 21204
Valerie Nevins, CCRC 443-471-5740

Angela Somers, CCRC 443-471-5829

8322 Bellona Ave., Suite 202
Towson, MD 21204
CrystalVaughan, CCRP 443-471-5752

Franklin Square/White Marsh
6820 Hospital Drive, Suite 210
Baltimore, MD 21237

Renee Hammond, LPN, CRC 443-471-5749

Owings Mills, MD/Continence Center
21 Crossroads Drive, Suite 220
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Bobbi Banchero, CCRP 443-471-5873


Glen Burnie/Landmark
806 Landmark Drive, Suite 118
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Wendy Paxton, CCRC 443-471-5763