Committee on Disparities in Clinical Research

The Committee on Disparities in Clinical Research, formerly the Minority Accrual Committee, is led by Smitha Krishnamurthi, MD. 

Mission

To provide an equitable environment for participation in clinical trials in order to better serve the catchment area of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. This committee seeks to increase awareness, provide support, and offer feedback to the membership of the Cancer Center with the goal to reduce the socio-economic, educational and cultural barriers to address disparities of participation of minorities in clinical trials.

Goals

  • Provide a platform for participating institutions to share experiences, ideas, and respective activities and to collaborate on specific initiatives. 
  • Increase awareness about minority accrual to clinical trials and barriers to accrual. 
  • Provide recommendations to Cancer Center membership (leadership, Clinical Trials Units, members) to provide an equitable environment for enrollment to clinical trials. 

Committee Members

Smitha Krishnamurthi, MD, Chair
Oncologist, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Jame Abraham, MD
Oncologist, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic 

Socrates Bassuk
Clinical Research Coordinator, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Josephine Chan, PhD
Director, Clinical Trials Unit, Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Chesley Cheatham, MEd
Manager, Community Outreach and Patient Education, Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Sierra Clarke
Clinical Research Coordinator, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic 

Sarah Hopperton
Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Kevin Hoy, PhD
Director, Clinical Research Office, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Western Reserve University

Kimberlee Hunt
Clinical Research Coordinator, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Gillian Irwin, MPA
Communications Strategist, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Western Reserve University

Megan Kilbane, MBA
Senior Administrator for Research, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Vanessa Marshall, PhD
Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Kate McCaffrey
Research Supervisor, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Aaron McCorkle
Project Manager II, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Eileen Meisler
Clinical Research Nurse, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Lindsey Mooney
Director, Clinical Trials Unit, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Melissa O'Grady
Health Librarian, Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Jane O'Reilly
Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Frank Percic
Clinical Research Coordinator, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

John Pounardjian, MBA
Associate Director for Administration, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Western Reserve University

Christy Samaras, DO
Oncologist, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic 

Kimberly Sanders
Director, Community Outreach and Patient Navigation, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Alyssa Savadelis
Administrator, Clinical Research Office, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Western Reserve University

Jill Severino-Powell
Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Saad Sheikh, MD
Radiation Oncology Resident, Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Georgia Shumpert
Social Worker, South Pointe Hospital Cancer Center
Cleveland Clinic

Stefanie Stamatis
Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Latoya Strickland, MBA
Research Manager, Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals

Stacey Thompson
Research Coordinator, Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Stacey Tousel
Community Outreach, Cancer Center
MetroHealth System

Erika Trapl, PhD
Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Western Reserve University

Valerie Vinson, MEd, MSW
Clinical Research Navigator, Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals