SCOR Facts

  • Over Twenty communities over a six-state area (FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, and VA) with 100 sites (institutions, medical centers, private practices, and clinics)
  • Each community has a designated Community Responsible Investigator (physician) and Study Coordinator (nurse or research associate) responsible for clinical trial activity among physicians in the community
  • Over 240 physician members
  • Over 100 clinical research associates/nurses
  • Over 150 clinical trials available for the majority of cancers
  • Participation in NCI NCORP research bases who provide clinical trials to each physician:
    • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance)
    • Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU)
    • NRG Oncology (NRG)
    • SWOG Cancer Research Network
    • University of Rochester Cancer Center NCORP Research Base (URCC)
    • Wake Forest NCORP Research Base (WF)

SCOR Operations Center Facts

  • Central administrative office located in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Oversight of day to day operation of the NCORP by a staff of seven employees
  • Educational programs provided to SCOR members (physicians, nurses, and research associates)
  • Management of fiscal responsibilities for NCI funding
  • Monitoring of website for community access to information
  • Planning of site visits to each community for Quality Assurance and education
  • Assisting SCOR members to resolve problems and issues
  • Training of new research staff in each community
  • Assisting SCOR members in preparation for research base Quality Assurance visits or audits
  • Providing electronic mailings twice a month for communities
  • Updating of a monthly Protocol Index by Disease Category (PIDC) booklet which contains a listing of all available NCI clinical trials
  • Attending research base meetings to keep current on clinical trials

History of Southeast Clinical Oncology Research Consortium

SCOR Leadership

Principal Investigator

Judith O. Hopkins, MD
  • 30+ years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine with Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine
  • Staff physician with Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Kernersville, NC
  • Who’s Who of American Women
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Received the American Society of Clinical Oncology Community Research Award
  • Serves on numerous NCI, research base, and local committees and boards plus actively involved in local church
  • Cancer Care Delivery Research PI

Principal Investigator

James N. Atkins, MD
  • 30+ years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor with Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine
  • Harry Hynes Award
  • Distinguished Citizen Award by Boy Scours of America
  • Best Doctors
  • Serves on numerous NCI, research base, and local committees and boards

Principal Investigator

William J. Irvin, Jr., MD
  • 10 years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Medical Director for Virginia Bon Secours Cancer Institute
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Board certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine
  • Bon Secours Sister Elizabeth Durney Award
  • Serves on numerous research base and local committees and boards

SCOR Operations Center Staff

Administrator

Susan S. Tuttle, RN, CCRP
  • 40+ years of medical oncology research experience
  • 10+ years of administrative experience
  • Nursing degree from North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing
  • Oversight of administrative, financial and Human Resources matters for SCOR Operations Center
  • Oversight of clinical trial implementation and quality assurance within the 24 communities for the following research base:
    • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance)

Grants Management and Membership Coordinator

Kim Fulton
  • 15+ years of research and 10 years of research management experience
  • Responsible for financial management of the NCI grant award
  • Responsible for new community and physician SCOR membership
  • Oversight of SCOR Annual Conference and marketing aspects of SCOR
  • Coordination of NCI required audits
  • Assistance with Human Resources matters

Protocol Systems Specialist

Belenda Slate, BAS, CCRP
  • 25+ years of experience in research management
  • Computer Science and Business Administration degree from Guilford College
  • Management of all research base protocols
  • Distribution of SCOR mailings to communities
  • Reference person for access to research base websites
  • Providing annual accrual reports to NCI

Regulatory Coordinator and Analyst

Ashley Beal, BS
  • Biochemistry degree from Salem College
  • Assistance with research base protocol management, mailings to SCOR communities, and coordination of SCOR Annual Conference

Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) Coordinator

Blake Loman, MS
  • Kinesiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology master’s degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Responsible for educating research staff and coordinating CCDR activities
  • Responsible for monitoring CCDR enrollments from all research bases by SCOR communities

Research Coordinator

Jessica Hynes, BS
  • Clinical Research degree from Campbell University
  • Oversight of clinical trial implementation and coordination of quality assurance within the 24 communities for the following research base:
    • SWOG Cancer Research Network
    • Coordinates activities involving the SCOR Disparities Committee

Young Investigators

Young Investigator

Bianca Ferarri, MD
  • Medical oncologist working at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, FL.
  • Medical degree from Holy House of Mercy School of Medicine
  • Board certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine
  • Focus is breast cancer and cancer in the older adults.

Young Investigator

Demetria Ileana Strauch Jacks, MD
  • Medical oncologist working at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine
  • Sub-specialty is head and neck cancer. Her focus is minorities, underserved, and health disparities.

Young Investigator

Kimberly S. Strickland, MD
  • Medical oncologist working at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Medical degree from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
  • Board certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine
  • Focus is breast cancer and has a passion for cancer care delivery research.

Young Investigator

Zachary K. Vaslow, MD
  • Neuro-oncologist working at Cone Health Cancer Center in Greensboro, NC.
  • Medical Director of Neuro-Oncology at Cone Health Cancer Center
  • Medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine
  • Focus is on the care for adolescent and young adults with cancer.

Young Investigator

Sean M. Warsch, MD
  • Medical oncologist working at Cancer Care of Western North Carolina in Asheville, NC.
  • Medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Affiliated with Mission Health.
  • Focus is cancer in older adults, disparities, minorities, and underserved populations.

Young Investigator

Joseph Daniel Pennington, MD
  • Radiation oncologist located at Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA
  • Medical degree from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, TN
  • Residency at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA
  • Board certified in radiation oncology
  • Focus is on prostate cancer and minorities and underserved populations