The Clinical Research Core (CRC)

The Clinical Research Core (CRC) is a team of full-time clinical research professionals with a full range of expertise in supporting and executing diverse clinical research trials in an efficient, ethical and compliant manner.  The CRC specializes in cardiothoracic and vascular surgical clinical trials and also supports plastic, acute care, breast, bariatric, renal, pediatric and GI trials.

The CRC is comprised of personnel for regulatory, quality, finance, and general oversight in addition to several research coordinators and assistants. This structure allows us to provide a wide range of services for our investigators and sponsors. Our diverse team provides a compassionate and engaging atmosphere for our subjects. Collectively, we speak 12 different languages.  Several members are trained in NIHSS assessment, neurocognitive testing, phlebotomy, and 12 lead ECG.

The Research Core provides mentoring, training and education for department research personnel, on request by other departments, and for residents, fellows, PAs, and NPs.  This structure provides cost-effective and flexible options for providing specialized staffing across various research projects.  Many team members are actively involved in the research community to promote clinical research education and professionalization.  Most members of the team have obtained professional, job-specific certification (CCRP, CCRC or CCRA).

The CRC offers a variety of services, including IRB and regulatory guidance and support, monitoring, creation of source documents and case report forms, training and education, assistance with all elements of study conduct, and collaboration and networking opportunities.

Descriptions of Services and Fees

Clinical Research Core team members

Amanda Alonso, MHA, CCRC

Associate Director of Clinical Trials
aa2974@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-0261

Khady Ndour, CCRA

Program Manager for Research Compliance and Quality
kn2323@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-8528

Claudia Musat, MD

Associate Research Scientist
cm2065@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-4102

Valerie Storfer, M.S.Ed., MFA

Program Coordinator
vs2305@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-1727

Kydanis Clase, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator
kc3020@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-3879

Jean Carlos Fernandez

Clinical Research Coordinator
sjf2132@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 305-3009

Omar Jimenez

Clinical Research Coordinator
oj2107@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 305-3009

Bo Lu

Clinical Research Coordinator
bl2699@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-2104

Anel Paulino

Clinical Research Coordinator
ap3602@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-2104

Angela Sanchez

Clinical Research Coordinator
as5546@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 305-3009

Michelle Yuan, CCRC, CCRP

Clinical Research Coordinator
my2573@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 305-3009

Jia Jung

Regulatory Coordinator
jhj2124@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-8528

Sherene Ishtihar

Research Assistant
si2271@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-3681

April Fu

Technician Assistant
waf2113@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-2104

Danielle Griffith

Technician Assistant
dsg2153@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 305-1694

Everald Howell

Technician Assistant
eh2511@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 342-1727