Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) recently announced its newly created Office of Research, which will support sponsored research for internal departments at the hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville and external physician groups using GMC’s facilities when conducting research. Holly Richards was named as director of clinical research to support this program.
The Office of Research will coordinate research efforts by providing support and consultative services, in areas including regulatory and financial aspects of conducting research, as it relates to community physicians and staff. The program will provide administrative oversight of the research studies currently being conducted by the Center for Cancer Care, a service of GMC, as well as any additional studies conducted at the hospital. The office will also manage and enforce standard research procedures at GMC as it relates to logistics reviews, contract and budgeting negotiations, Medicare coverage analysis and billing compliance, among others.
Richards comes to GMC with more than 20 years of experience in clinical research operations and administration and specializes in oncology and cardiovascular services. Most recently, she was with Genocea Biosciences, based in Cambridge, Mass., as Director of Clinical Operations and Quality Assurance. There, she oversaw all clinical operations in regards to research and development, served as head of operations related to quality assurance and authored clinical materials, among other responsibilities. Prior to Genocea Biosciences, she served at large hospital in Kentucky as the executive director of the Center for Advanced Medicine.