Clinical Research Projects continue to grow at Aurora BayCare Medical Center

October 04, 2010

Researchers honored, led by Dr. Robert Limoni’s Innovation Award from Aurora BayCare Medical Center

Green Bay, Wis. – Dr. Robert Limoni, an orthopedic surgeon at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, received the Innovation Award for his clinical research work as a principal investigator with the Aurora BayCare Clinical Research Department. Dr. Limoni was honored at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center Fall Research Reception event on Sept. 30th.

The event showcased clinical research projects along with principal and clinical researchers involved within Aurora BayCare’s Clinical Research Department, which has grown considerably since its start in 2008 and is part of Aurora’s system-wide Clinical Research Department.

“We value and appreciate our dedicated health care professionals who have invested time and talent into our growing clinical research department,” said Annette Paul, clinical research supervisor at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. “Clinical Research is vital to advancements in the field of health care and Aurora BayCare is committed to expanding our clinical research department and facilitating additional trials in the years to come.

About 20 clinical research studies take place on an annual basis at Aurora BayCare in areas including neuroscience, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, oncology, cardiology, and pulmonology.

Originally, Aurora BayCare’s clinical trials were focused in the area of oncology. However, in 2009 physicians expressed interest in conducting more neuroscience, cardiovascular and pulmonary trials, which has led to include the study areas listed above.

Clinical trials take place for medical devices and drugs trials undergo thorough examinations by both the government and Aurora’s internal review board, known as the Institutional Review Board (IRB.)

Device trials test implantable devices that aim to improve the function of the body. Drug trials compare new treatments to the standard of care and determine how they affect the human body in the development of new pharmaceutical products.

Critical to Research Department’s success is the importance of principal investigators. As long as a principal investigator, such as a medical doctor, oversees a clinical trial, Aurora BayCare may become a site for a study. Principal investigators can tackle projects exploring new medical devices, a new drug, or any investigator-initiated study that they are interested in.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center also honored the principal investigators and clinical researchers involved in clinical research at the event including:

Principal Investigators at Aurora BayCare Medical Center

  • Paul Baek, MD, Neurosurgery
  • Nancy Davis, MD, Oncology
  • Yumang Gautam, MD, Oncology
  • Wesley Griffitt, MD, Neurosurgery
  • Darren Heesacker, MD, Emergency Department
  • Robert Limoni, MD, Orthopedics
  • Raisa Lev, MD, Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Raul Mendoza, MD, Pulmonology / Critical Care
  • George Morris, MD, Neurology
  • James Napier, MD, Neurology
  • Dhimant Patel, MD, Oncology
  • Paul Summerside, MD, Orthopedics
  • Merle Teetzen, MD, Neurology
  • William Witmer, MD, Cardiology

Clinical Researchers at Aurora BayCare Medical Center

  • Sara Beno-Chambers, NP, Neurology
  • Stephen Brada, MD, Anesthesiology
  • Nancy Carl, NP, Oncology
  • Wesley Griffitt, MD, Neurosurgery
  • Osama Halaweh, MD, Oncology
  • Richard Harrison, MD, Neurosurgery
  • Jon Henry, MD, Orthopedics
  • Jared Hocking, PA-C, Pulmonology / Critical Care
  • Michael Hsie, MD, Radiation Oncology
  • Ubaid Nawaz, MD, Oncology
  • David Rohde, MD, Radiation Oncology
  • Alexander Roitstein, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Amy Schott, NP, Pulmonology / Critical Care
  • Kevin Wienkers, MD, Ophthalmology
  • Xian-Yan Yi, MD, Neurology
  • Steven Weinshel, MD, Neurosurgery

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint effort of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of over 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for over 25 years.

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