U of L Hospital

Clinical Trials

As the clinical affiliate of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, research is a crucial part of University Hospital’s mission.

Clinical trials are generally defined as biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a pre-defined protocol. They typically are designed to test new medicines and/or treatment options. ”Interventional studies” are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. “Observational studies” are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigators.

Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own healthcare, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research. But there are things to consider before agreeing to participate in a clinical trial, and remember: Participation in a clinical trial is never required.

Your physician can answer most of your questions about qualifying for or participating in clinical trials. You also can learn more by clicking on this site, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Clinical Research Contacts

Research Contact Phone
Dept of Anesthesiology (Rachel Sheppard) 502-852-1006
Colon and Rectal Surgery Phone
Anna Willford 502-583-0880
James Graham Brown Cancer Center Phone
Search clinical trails database 502-562-4158
OB/GYN Phone
Sherree Goss 502-561-7470
Oncology Phone
Clinical Trials Office 502-562-3429
Research Integrity Office Phone
Stephanie Deetsch, Manager of Research and Regulatory Affairs 502-562-3400
Surgery Phone
Laura Trachtenberg 502-852-1671

Department of Medicine Research Coordinators


Department of Medicine Phone
Jamie Rittenhouse (502) 852-1830
Tamra Perez (502) 852-1358
Cardiology (Heart) Phone
Rachel Sheppard (502) 852-1006
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
(Digestive Health)
Kim Jarboe (502) 852-6105
Suzanne Mann (502) 852-1919
Liver Phone
Lisa Hatter (502) 852-3383
Mary Salem (502) 852-5547
Susie Mann (502) 852-1919
Melissa Morgenson (502) 852-5252
Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Phone
Crissie DeSpirito (502) 852-0026
Bryan Beatty (502) 562-1917
Carrie Becher (502) 852-3184
Nephrology (Kidney) Phone
Melissa Schlegel (502) 852-2290
Amanda Moore (502) 852-2289
Infectious Diseases Phone
Kelly Carrico (502) 852-3836
Ginny Sciortino (502) 852-7844
Karen Ramsey (502) 852-1148
Clinical Research Center Phone
Karen Beatty (502) 813-6564