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WakeMed CRI Management Team

Assuring a quality experience for patients

Our CRI management team has more than four decades of clinical research experience, working with the very best in the research industry. Throughout their careers, they have worked to deliver ethical, safe and effective research.

WakeMed Clinical Research Institute’s directors:

Bill Elmore has more than 20 years of experience in drug development including positions such as the chief financial officer at Duke Clinical Research Institute; president of SPRI Clinical Trials; global vice president of AAI Pharma and other leading CROs.

Leslie Cate Hilton’s two decades of direct clinical research experience includes positions at leading CROs and SMOs including Managing Director of a global CRO and Vice President Site Relations at Quintiles.

WakeMed CRI Physician Leadership – Experienced physicians at the helm backed by a strong network dedicated to excellence

WakeMed’s CRI is overseen by a Physician Oversight Council that includes knowledgeable investigators who have diverse backgrounds/specialties and are dedicated to making each participant’s experience positive and worthwhile.

These physicians oversee clinical research at WakeMed and offer a wealth of knowledge:

  • Executive Sponsor: William Helton, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • Chief Medical Officer: Michele Casey, MD, Primary Care
  • Bill Lagarde, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Stephen Kicklighter, MD, Neonatology
  • Marc Silver, MD, Cardiology
  • Michael Sobeiro, MD, Primary Care
  • Seth Brody, MD, OB/GYN

Through WakeMed Physician Practices, our primary care and specialty physicians offer participation in a variety of research studies. These physicians are located at our many campuses across the Triangle and are eager to supervise and provide support for study participants. They can explain and help participants decide if a research study is right for them or a loved one.

Within our health & hospital system, WakeMed’s divisions offer access to populations with:

  • Primary & Specialty Care Clinics
  • Heart & Vascular Services
  • Neurosciences
  • Orthopaedics
  • Women’s & Infant Services
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Trauma Services
  • Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments
  • Physical Rehabilitation