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Clinical Research Office

Cancer Treatment Studies

Gary Burton, MD
Director of Clinical Research

Dr. Burton is responsible for the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center clinical studies program that participates in SWOG, CTSU, and other NIH and industry sponsored clinical trials. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Burton ensures the efficient operation of the Clinical Studies Office.

John P. Rowell, RN MSN CCRC
Director, Clinical Research Office at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center

John Rowell is a registered nurse with more than 24 years’ experience in Clinical Research. John manages the daily operations of the Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program, ensuring that clinical studies are conducted in compliance with National Cancer Institute’s rules, regulations and Good Clinical Practice guidelines. He also provides training for research staff, and is an informational resource for investigators, research staff and affiliates. He is an educator for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) in the areas of Good Clinical Practice, Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and Clinical Research Associate (CRA) certification exam preparatory courses, and Investigator and Coordinator fundamentals training in clinical research. He is a well-known presenter at many universities around the country on “clinical site management.”
Phone: 318.813.1422
E-mail: jrowel@lsuhsc.edu

Clinical Research Coordinators

Clinical Research Coordinators at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center assist the doctors in conducting clinical trials. The coordinators are responsible for providing information to the doctors and patients about current clinical studies, ensuring eligibility requirements are met, initiating protocol enrollment, educating patients about protocol requirements, following patients on protocol, ensuring study guideline compliance, data collection and entry, and submitting data to study sponsors. The coordinators also serve as a clinical studies resource for affiliate physicians and their staffs.

To help the community better understand clinical studies, Clinical Research Coordinators engage in various outreach programs about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and the significance of clinical studies.

Barbara A. Boykin, BA CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator and Quality Assurance Coordinator

Barbara Boykin comes to the cancer clinical studies department after 20 years as Administrative Director of Clinical Trials in the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Psychiatry. She is a dedicated professional with clinical research and managerial experience. Barbara is responsible for administration of Standard Operating Procedures and the Quality Assurance Program. Barbara is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.
Phone: 318.813.1410
E-mail: brogge@lsuhsc.edu 

Cynthia Diaczynsky, BS CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Cynthia Diaczynsky has been working with clinical trials at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center since 2008, combined with a background of three years at LSU Health Shreveport in animal research. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.
Phone: 318.813.1406
Email: cdiacz@lsuhsc.edu

Jacinda Dupuy, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator and Grant Manager, EA Conway Medical Center, Monroe LA

Jacinda Dupuy's primary responsibilities include screening, enrolling and following patients in preventive and therapeutic cancer trials at EA Conway Medical Center in Monroe, LA. She has 17 years' experience running clinical studies in all cancer disease sites. She is the Grant Manager for the Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program. Jacinda is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.
Phone: 318.330.7739
E-mail: jdupuy@lsuhsc.edu

Laxmi Jain, BS
Regulatory Coordinator for NCI cooperative group trials

Laxmi Jain is responsible for preparation and submission of NCI protocols and other regulatory documents to the IRB and to the NCI clinical trials sponsors. Ms. Jain reviews protocol updates and informs the FWCC and affiliate investigators and research staff of any changes to the protocols and new NCI protocols.
Phone: 318.813.1401
E-mail: sjain4@lsuhsc.edu

Ruby Hamilton, LPN
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ruby Hamilton joined Feist-Weiller Cancer Center Clinical Research team in October 2013 after more than 15 years of experience working as a LPN in the Hematology-Oncology Clinic at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and 13 years on the Med-Surg ward on the in-patient side of LSUHSC-S. Her primary responsibilities include screening, enrolling and data submission for studies underway at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Ruby is also responsible for making sure Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and community physicians are aware of the clinical trials available for their patients.
Phone: 318.813.1405
Email: rhamil@lsuhsc.edu

Kirsten Katz, BA CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

T. Kirsten Katz has more than 15 years experience in clinical research. She started her career at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago as a Study Manager/Monitor working on the fast track NDA submission for the HIV protease inhibitor Norvir (ritonavir) and relevant studies. She moved to G.D. Searle and Co. to work on the cox-2 inhibitor Celebrex (celecoxib) as a Study Manager, specializing in international study management and assisting with the original NDA submission. She also assisted with subsequent sNDAs and defending Celebrex study data at FDA advisory committee meetings. As Searle transitioned to Pharmacia, she moved to London to help develop the England-based Pharmacia research site helping establish the arthritis and pain research team overseas. As Pharmacia transitioned to Pfizer, Inc., she moved to NYC to work at the Pfizer Headquarters as a Study Manager for international clincal trials in neuroscience. She now works at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator on lymphoma, lung, breast, gynecologic and colorectal cancer trials. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. 
Phone: 318.813.1400
E-mail: tkatz@lsuhsc.edu

Lisa McCary, BS
Budgets and Contracts Coordinator

Lisa McCary is responsible for contractual and budgetary negotiations for all clinical research trials conducted at Feist Weiller Cancer Center. Her business background makes her a valuable asset in administering the financial aspects of our cancer trials. Lisa has been with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center for more than five years and works in conjunction with the physicians, study coordinators and other personnel both within and outside of the organization.
Phone: 318.813.1465
E-mail: lmccar@lsuhsc.edu

Sheryl P. Nelson, RN 
Clinical Research Coordinator

Sheryl Nelson joined the Feist- Weiller Cancer Research team in 2013 after eight years of experience in critical care and oncology.  Sheryl works with all research studies and is responsible for the recruitment, enrollment, and data entry for research patients at Feist- Weiller Cancer Center and University Health.  Sheryl is a Registered Nurse and Clinical Research Coordinator.
Phone: 318.813.1412
E-mail: speyto@lsuhsc.edu

Lorraine Post, RN BSN CCRP 
Industry Sponsored Studies

Lorraine Post is responsible for the preparation, submission and maintenance of regulatory documents specific to industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical studies. Her nursing experience is an asset in preparing consent forms, as well as all other regulatory documents necessary for the IRB and clinical trial sponsors. She is fundamental in ensuring the regulatory compliance of these clinical research trials. Lorraine is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.
Phone: 318.813.1404
E-mail: lpost@lsuhsc.edu

Jennifer Swanson, BS MA CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer Swanson joined Feist-Weiller Cancer Center Clinical Research team in 2009 after more than eight years' experience in clinical research for Alzheimer’s, general medical and Psychiatric patients. Her primary responsibilities include screening, enrolling and data submission for lung, head & neck, and brain cancer studies underway at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Jennifer is also responsible for making sure Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and community physicians are aware of the clinical trials available for their patients. Jennifer is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.
Phone: 318.813.1411
E-mail: jswans@lsuhsc.edu

Ryan Wilkerson, BS CCRC CCRP
Genitourinary Clinical Research Coordinator

Ryan Wilkerson has been working with oncology patients on clinical studies since April 2007. She works with Genitourinary cancer patients at all stages of their disease both at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and in the LSU Health Shreveport Urology Clinic. In addition to her primary responsibilities of screening, enrolling and coordinating patient care, Ryan supports the maintenance of the Urologic Cancer Outreach Program (UCOP). Ryan is certified as both a Clinical Research Coordinator and Clinical Research Professional.
Phone: 318.675.5655
E-mail: rwilke@lsuhsc.edu

Janice Yager, BS MT CCRP
Breast Cancer Clinical Research Coordinator

Janice Yager has been a Clinical Research Coordinator at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center for ten years. With considerable experience in screening, enrolling and following patients on cancer clinical trials, Janice is primarily responsible for breast studies, but has been involved in clinical trials for all cancer disease sites, and assists in enrollment and data management in other disease sites as needed.  She is an important resource for new research coordinators and affiliate sites. Janice is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.
Phone: 318.813.1403
E-mail: jyager@lsuhsc.edu

Megan Morgan 
Student Worker

Megan has been an essential part of the Cancer Clinical Research Office for three years. She is working in the office while attending school full-time in Speech Pathology.

 

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