Guest Blogger: Petros Okubagzi, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Research Programs for the MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network
Are you wondering of how you could expand your research activities?
The Medstar Cardiovascular Research Network (MCRN) just enrolled the first patient in a study at the Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC). This first patient was enrolled by Dr Sung Lee, an electrophysiologist, and Meseret Deressa, the MSMHC lead coordinator of cardiovascular trials. Dr Lee is an electrophysiologists who recently joined the MedStar Heart Institute and brings a lot of experience in clinical trials. MCRN helped insure success by providing the MSMHC coordinator three months of training alongside experienced coordinators at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
MedStar Heart Institute, through Dr Waksman's leadership, initiated this program in collaboration with the key leaders in cardiology at MSMHC. The hospital embraced the initiative and supported it, through its Vice President for Cardiovascular services, by allocating needed space to house the coordinator and create a helpful working environment. With everything in place, sponsors who already had trials with MCRN were approached and agreed to expand to this new site. In a nutshell, this was how it happened. Lots of investment were made from MHI/MCRN, MHRI and the MSMHC; teamwork and being all part of the big MedStar family!