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Our Research Leadership and Scientist Teams

Our Research Leadership and Scientist Teams

The Aurora Difference

Helping People Live Well Through Innovative Research

At Aurora Health Care, our research leadership team includes administrators, service line managers and world-renowned doctors. We share a common devotion to improving care and wellness through patient-centered research.

Leadership Team

Aurora Research Institute Leadership

The Aurora Research Institute leadership team includes:

Vice Presidents

Patient-Centered Research Directors

Medical Research Directors


  • Shivam Bharti, MBA, MS, Research Business Innovation Manager
  • Karen Cheek, RN, oncology clinical trials
  • Wendy Dunaj, RN, cardiovascular clinical trials
  • Andy Marek, research analytics
  • Lori McElrone, Aurora BayCare Medical Center research
  • Karen Michel, translational research
  • Natalie Polinske, MS, biorepository program
  • Julie Walters, research communications
  • Lynda Yanny, BSN, neuroscience and emerging areas clinical trials


Our Research Scientists and Biostatisticians

Neuroscience Research Scientists

Specialty Research Scientists


Contact Us

Learn more about research and clinical trials.

How to Participate

Find out more about ways to participate in research.

Make a Donation

Your donation can help fund critical research or help to develop new medical products.

Work for Aurora

Learn more about our employment opportunities.