Chesapeake Urology Research Associates Team

MEET OUR STAFF

All members of the Chesapeake Urology Research Associates (CURA) team conduct research and follow Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and ICH Guidelines. Members of our team are also certified research professionals through professional research organizations such as The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). 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.

 

Ron Tutrone MDRonald F. Tutrone, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., CPI
Medical Director, Chesapeake Urology Research Associates

Dr. Tutrone is the Medical Director of Chesapeake Urology Research Associates (CURA) and Chief of Urology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). He has been the principal investigator in more than 100 clinical trials. Dr. Tutrone practices general urology and focuses on: 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. Dr. Tutrone is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is the Chairman of the William E. Kalhert Endowment for Urological Research, and has been voted a "Top Doctor" by Baltimore magazine numerous times. 



Heather Thomas NEWHeather Thomas, CCRC
Director of Clinical Research
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) office

Heather's career in the field of Urology spans 15+ years. In 1995 Heather assisted Ronald Tutrone, M.D., 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.

Email:hthomas@cua.md
Phone: 443-471-5742


CURA Virginia Michaels NEW

Virginia Michaels, CCRC
Research Administrator
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Office

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 
Phone: 443-471-5753


CURA Crystal Vaughn NEW

Crystal Vaughan, CCRP
QA/Regulatory Specialist
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Office

Crystal has been conducting clinical research since 2007 and joined the CURA team in 2013. She was named QA/Regulatory Specialist in 2015. 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 
Phone: 443-471-5752

 


CURA Jessica Harass NEW

Jessica Harras, Research Liaison and Recruiter
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Office

Jessica is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) with more than three years of research experience. As the team's recruiter and liaison, she works to increase research awareness and identify patients who are eligible for clinical trials. Her background in clinical research allows her to act as a floating research coordinator to support the team as needed. Jessica enjoys educating others about the many clinical trials CURA offers to patients.

Email: jharras@cua.md
Phone: 443-738-8188


CURA Bobbi Banchero NEW

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
Phone: 443-471-5873

 


CURA Renee Hammond NEW

Renee Hammond, LPN, CCRC
Coordinator
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 
Phone: 443-471-5749  


CURA Jacki Huskins NEW

Jaqueline Huskins, CCRC
Research Coordinator
Towson/Ruxton Professional Center Office

Jacki has been an active research coordinator since 2007. She has previous experience in gastroenterology and rheumatology clinical research. Jacki joined the CURA team in March 2015. She enjoys working with the patients and also the scientific contribution clinical research offers to improving healthcare and the possible quality of life for the patients.

Email: jhuskins@cua.md 
Phone: 443-471-5750



CURA Shira NEW
Shira Oppenheim

Research Coordinator
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Office

Shira has conducted clinical research trials since 2011. Prior to joining Chesapeake Urology Research Associates in 2015, Shira worked at several large hospitals performing research in the areas of ophthalmology, cardiology and gastroenterology. Shira received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Temple University and is committed to improving patients’ lives through clinical research and development.

Email: soppenheim@cua.md
Phone: 443-471-5740


CURA Wendy Paxton NEW

Wendy Paxton, CCRC
Research Coordinator 
Hanover Office  

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 
Phone: 443-471-5763

   


CURA Angela Somers NEWAngela Somers, CCRC
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Office
Coordinator

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 
Phone: 443-471-5829 

 


CURA-Vesta IrelandVesta Ireland
Research Administrative Assistant, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)

Vesta assists the Chesapeake Urology Research team with all administrative needs. She is responsible for invoicing, managaing study logs, organizaing research documents, ensuring staff trainings and certifications are current, and coordinating meetings. She is proud to be a member of the CURA team, and its comittment to improving each patients' quality of life. 

Email: vireland@cua.md
Phone: 443-471-5862


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