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CRI Leadership

WakeMed Clinical Research Institute (CRI) is structured to provide unsurpassed service, a collaborative environment and streamlined processes to deliver exceptional clinical study results for our valued clients. Our institute was created with insight into what constitutes an ideal clinical practice research program.

Led by a seasoned management team with more than four decades of clinical research experience, WakeMed CRI offers an ideal site for clinical research organizations seeking participants for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device studies.

Experienced leadership team and engaged physicians at the helm
WakeMed Clinical Research Institute’s leadership includes:

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

Leslie Cate Hilton, Director, WakeMed Clinical Research Institute: Hilton’s 20 years 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. A Physician Oversight Council that includes knowledgeable investigators who have diverse backgrounds and represent a range of specialties:

Executive Sponsor

William Helton, MD

William Helton, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chief Medical Officer

Principal Investigators

Bill Lagarde, MD

Bill Lagarde, MD, FAAP, WakeMed Physician Practices - Pediatric Endocrinology

Stephen Kicklighter, MD

Stephen Kicklighter, MD, Neonatology

Marc Silver, MD

Marc Silver, MD, Cardiology

Michael Soboeiro, MD

Michael Soboeiro, MD, Primary Care

Seth Brody, MD

Seth Brody, MD, OB/GYN

Contact Us
For more information on clinical research studies available at WakeMed Clinical Research Institute, please contact: Lindy Williams at or Dr. William Charles Helton at