Chief: Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MSCI

The Division of Clinical Research (DCR) at Washington University School of Medicine provides specialized facilities and services to support clinical research in women’s reproductive health. Together with the Center for Reproductive Health Sciences (CRepHS), the clinical research division supports the ob/gyn department’s overall research enterprise.

Clinical research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. The department is currently ranked among the top 10 in NIH research funding among ob/gyn departments and holds substantial foundation grants.

The goal of the DCR is to build on this record of excellence while further expanding the success and impact of our clinical research. We aim to accomplish this by providing support to established investigators while grooming new investigators to independence.

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Our mission

The Division of Clinical Research serves as the hub for clinical and translational research within the department by:

  • Providing shared research infrastructure
  • Coordinating and improving efficiency of clinical research activities
  • Enhancing existing clinical research training and education
  • Fostering cross-collaboration with basic science and public health research

Shared research infrastructure and services

The DCR provides comprehensive services to support clinical investigators. Our excellent support team – which includes research assistants, nurse coordinators, data managers, epidemiologists, a statistician and project coordinators – can assist with multiple phases of study planning, as well as data management and analysis.

We also provide a dedicated clinical research facility that has patient exam rooms, a processing lab, workstations and secure storage. Obstetric exam rooms are also available in the Center for Outpatient Health for the purpose of seeing patients for clinical research studies.

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Need to utilize or inquire about clinical research services or facilities?

We are happy to help! Please email or complete one of the intake forms below. Please note, investigators outside of the WashU OBGYN department should utilize the external inquiry form.

Department-wide resources for researchers

In addition to the facilities and services provided by the DCR, resources available to investigators in the ob/gyn department include:

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Efficiency of clinical research activities

The DCR coordinates and improves efficiency of clinical research activities by providing:

  • Centralized data management support
  • Centralized IRB and regulatory support
  • Coordination of multicenter studies: database, randomization, interim analysis, DSMB reports
  • Scientific review of grant applications

Clinical research training and education

Clinical research learning opportunities in the ob/gyn department include a variety of research seminars and a training program in clinical and reproductive epidemiology. Our division supports education and training at every level of medicine.

Our faculty and staff

Many clinicians in our department are actively engaged in clinical research.
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David L. Eisenberg, MD, MPH, FACOG

David L. Eisenberg, MD, MPH, FACOG

Professor, Ob/Gyn
Division Chief: Complex Family Planning, Contraception, & Gynecology

Division: Complex Family Planning, Contraception, & Gynecology

Admin; Kathy Nesser

Lindsay M Kuroki, MD, MSCI

Lindsay M Kuroki, MD, MSCI

Associate Division Director, Gynecologic Oncology
Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
Associate Fellowship Director, Gynecologic Oncology

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

WashU Profile

Admin; Hannah Struckhoff

Jerry L. Lowder, MD, MSc

Jerry L. Lowder, MD, MSc

Professor, Ob/Gyn
Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Director of T32 Training Program, FPMRS Research

Division: Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Admin; Katie Grimes


Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MSCI

Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MSCI

Chief, Division of Clinical Research
Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
Fellowship Program Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Premal H. Thaker, MD, MS

Premal H. Thaker, MD, MS

Interim Chief, Gynecologic Oncology
David & Lynn Mutch Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Research

Division: Gynecologic Oncology

Admin; Whitney Dunker

Yong Wang, PhD

Yong Wang, PhD

Principal Investigator
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Primary), Electrical & Systems Engineering (Secondary), Radiology (Jointed), and Biomedical Engineering (Affiliated)

Division: Clinical Research

Candice Woolfolk, PhD, MPH

Candice Woolfolk, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, OBGYN

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Clinical Research

Peinan Zhao, PhD

Peinan Zhao, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
Divisions: Clinical Research, CRepHS

Clinical research managers

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jaime Strickland, MA

Gynecologic Oncology
Linda Odibo, RN, MN

Data team

Research Statistician
Fan Zhang, MD,MS

Investigator resources

Scientific Editor
Deborah Frank
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