Who’s Who in the Office of Research 

Niranjan Rao, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer.
 Dr. Rao oversees the management of the Office of Research.

Shona McMahan, RN, the interim director of the Office of Research, and Charlene Drost, BS, RN are research nurse coordinators who play a central role in the Office of Research by offering full support to the principal investigators, assuring participant safety, regulatory maintenance, obtaining informed consent, integrity of protocol implementation, accuracy of data collection/recording, and follow-up.  They also serve as the liaison with the sponsors and site monitors. 

Simbiat Ajao, MS, CCRP, Regulatory Research Coordinator is responsible for negotiation of industry-sponsored clinical study contracts and budgets, in addition to managing clinical trial databases for all assigned projects.

Cassandra Passarella, BA, AS, Research Associate: Cassandra is critical in supporting the successful execution of research protocols, particularly in the area of Pediatric Neurology.

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