SCOR Facts

  • Over twenty communities covering a six-state area (FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, and VA) with 80 sites (institutions, medical centers, private practices, and clinics)
  • Each community has a designated Community Responsible Investigator (physician and is called CRI) and Study Coordinator (nurse or research professional) responsible for clinical trial activity among physicians in the community
  • Over 230 physician members
  • Over 100 clinical research professional/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 (called Alliance)
    • ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (called ECOG-ACRIN or EI)
    • NRG Oncology (called NRG)
    • SWOG Cancer Research Network (called SWOG)
    • University of Rochester Cancer Center NCORP Research Base (called URCC)
    • Wake Forest NCORP Research Base (called 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 eight employees
  • Educational programs provided to SCOR members (physicians, nurses, and research professionals)
  • 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 and determining which clinical trials are feasible for the community setting
  • Intense training of new research professionals held in Winston-Salem
  • Assisting SCOR members in preparation for research base Quality Assurance visits or audits
  • Providing electronic clinical trial mailings twice a month for communities
  • Updating every other month of a Protocol Index by Disease Category (called 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 University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
  • Oncology training from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology with Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Board certified in internal medicine
  • Board certified in the subspecialty of medical oncology
  • Specializes in care of breast cancer patients
  • Medical Oncologist for Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Medical Oncologist with Novant Health Cancer Institute in Kernersville, NC
  • Who’s Who of American Women
  • Who’s Who in America
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Community Research Award
  • University of Virginia Alumni Distinguished Service Award
  • Serves on numerous NCI, research base, and local committees and boards plus actively involved in local church
  • PI Cancer Care Delivery Research (called CCDR)

Principal Investigator

William J. Irvin, Jr., MD
  • 12 years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA
  • Oncology training form the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC
  • Medical Oncologist at Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Francis in Midlothian, VA
  • Director of Clinical Research, Bon Secours Cancer Institute, Richmond, VA
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Board certified internal medicine
  • Board certified in the subspecialties of medical oncology and hematology
  • Specializes in the care of breast cancer patients
  • Bon Secours Sister Elizabeth Durney Award
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Career Catalyst 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
  • 15+ years of administrative experience
  • Nursing degree from North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing
  • Oversees administrative, financial and Human Resources for SCOR Operations Center
  • Oversees clinical trial implementation and quality assurance within the 24 communities for the following research base:
    • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance)
Kim Fulton SCOR grants management and membership coordinator

Grants Management and Membership Coordinator

Kim Fulton
  • 20+ years of research and 10+ years of research management experience
  • Maintains financial management of the NCORP grant award
  • Monitors new community and physician SCOR membership
  • Oversees SCOR Annual Conference and marketing aspects of SCOR
  • Coordinates NCI required audits
  • Assists with Human Resources matters
Brenda Slate SCOR Protocol System Specialist

Protocol Systems Specialist

Belenda Slate, BAS, CCRP
  • 25+ years of experience in research management
  • Computer Science and Business Administration degree from Guilford College
  • Manages all research base protocols
  • Serves as reference person for access to research base websites
  • Provides annual accrual reports to NCI
Michelle Harmon SCOR research nurse coordinator

Assistant Administrator

Michelle Harmon, BSN, RN
  • 20 years of experience in oncology research
  • Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Overseees clinical trial implementation and coordinator of quality assurance within the 24 communitites for the following research bases:
              ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group
              NRG Oncology
  • Coordinates Cancer Advocacy Advisory Board (CAAB) which is composed of patient advocates
  • Assists in administrative activities
Jessica Hynes SCOR research coordinator

Research Coordinator

Jessica Hynes, BS
  • Clinical Research degree from Campbell University
  • Oversees clinical trial implementation and coordination of quality assurance within the 24 communities for the following research base:
    • SWOG Cancer Research Network
    • Wake Forest (WF) NCORP Research Base
  • Coordinates activities involving the SCOR Health Equity Committee

Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) Coordinator

Patricia D. Flowers, PhD
  • Experience with grant administration and management
  • Clinical Research Certification, Durham Technical Community College (Durham, NC)
  • PhD, Molecular Medicine and Translational Science, Wake Forest School of Medicine (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • BS, Biology, Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Manages the education of community research staff and coordinates CCDR activities
  • Responsible for assessing feasibility and implementation of CCDR clinical trials in SCOR communities
  • Coordinates Health Equity Committee projects
  • Oversees clinical trial implementation and coordination of quality assurance within the 24 communities for the following research base:  University of Rochester Cancer Center (URCC) NCORP Research Base

Regulatory Coordinator

Katya Tullos, BS
  • 5+ years as a Data Manager
  • Information Systems BS degree from Salisbury State University, MD
  • Manages all research base protocols
  • Serves as reference person for access to research base websites
  • Provides annual accrual reports to NCI

Administrative Coordinator

Linda Wall, AA
  • AA degree in Commercial Art, Advertising, and Graphic Design from Johnson Community College
  • Responsible for maintaining SCOR directory, website, and other administrative tasks

Research Project Specialist

Vivian Scheidler, RN, MS
  • 40+ years of experience in oncology research
  • Master of Science degree from University of Maryland
  • Provides educational sessions on cancer types and treatment to SCOR staff
  • Assists with grant applications and special projects

Young Investigators

Early to mid-career oncologists with an interest in becoming leaders of SCOR

Young Investigator

Demetria Ileana Strauch Jacks, MD
  • Six years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Charleston, SC
  • Oncology training from Mayo Clinic in Florida in Jacksonville, FL
  • Board certified in internal medicine
  • Board certified in subspecialty of medical oncology and hematology
  • Medical Oncologist at Novant Health Cancer Institute in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Specializes in care of head and neck, thoracic (lung and esophagus) and skin cancers
Joseph Merriman MD SCOR Young Investigator

Young Investigator

Joseph Merriman, MD
  • Two years of experience in medical oncology and hematology
  • Medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, TN
  • Oncology training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN and University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Nashville General Hospital Fellow
  • Board certified in internal medicine
  • Board certified in the subspecialty of medical oncology and hematology
  • Medical Oncologist at Novant Health Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC
  • Special interest in immunotherapy at in genitourinary cancers such as kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular cancers an din advanced cutaneous or skin malignancies such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell cancer
  • Community Oncology Manager for the Mednet
  • Chair of SCOR Adolescent and Young Adult (called AYA) Committee

Young Investigator

Joseph Daniel Pennington, MD
  • Four years of experience in radiation oncology
  • Medical degree from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, TN
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England
  • Radiation oncology training at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA
  • Radiaion Oncologist at the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Reynold’s Crossing in Richmond, VA
  • National Institutes of Health Intramural Medical Scientist Training Program Award
  • He has a strong focus in genitourinary cancer which includes prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers

Young Investigator

Rachna Raman, MD, MS
  • Ten years of experience in medical oncology and hematology
  • Medical degree from from Patna Medical College in Patna, India
  • Master of Science degree from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH
  • Oncology training from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA
  • Completed the University of Cincinnati Master of Science degree program in Clinical and Translational Research
  • Board certified in internal medicine
  • Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Mary’s in Richmond, VA
  • Staff oncologist at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, VA and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, VA
  • Specializes in breast cancer; gastrointestinal cancers such as colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic and stomach; and genitourinary cancers such as prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular; as well as lymphoproliferative disorders such as leukemia and lymphoma

Young Investigator

Kimberly S. Strickland, MD
  • Three years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC
  • Oncology training from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA
  • Board certified in internal medicine
  • Board certified in the subspecialty of medical oncology and hematology
  • Medical oncologist at Novant Health Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC
  • Focus is the care of breast cancer patients

Young Investigator

Judy A. Tjoe, MD, FACS
  • 20 years of experience in surgical oncology
  • Medical degree from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in San Francisco, CA
  • Surgical oncology training from Mount Zion Comprehensive Cancer Center with the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
  • Clinical Adjunct Professor with the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor with the Exercise Science Program in the Physical Therapy Department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI
  • Board certified in general surgery
  • Board certified in breast ultrasound
  • Medical Director of Novant Health Breast Surgery Program in the Greater Winston-Salem Market in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Oncology breast surgeon at Novant Health Greensboro Breast Surgery Clinic in Greensboro, NC
  • Specializes in the care of breast cancer patients
  • Milwaukee Magazine’s Top Doctors for General Surgery 2019
  • Top Doctors of 2019: Global Directory of Who’s Who
  • America’s Top Surgeons 2018
  • Serves on numerous research base and local committees

Young Investigator

Zachary K. Vaslow, MD
  • Three years of experience in neuro-oncology
  • Medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
  • Neuro-oncology training at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC
  • Medical Director of Neuro-oncology at Cone Health Cancer Center in Greensboro, NC
  • Subspecialty interest in brain tumors

Young Investigator

Sean M. Warsch, MD
  • Five years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, FL
  • Hematology/Oncology training at Jackson Memorial Hospital with University of Miami in Miami, FL
  • Board certified in internal medicine
  • Board certified in the subspecialty of medical oncology and hematology
  • Medical oncologist with Messino Cancer Centers in Asheville, NC
  • Chair of the SCOR Health Equity Committee

Young Investigator

Dipika Misra, MD
  • Eleven years of experience in medical oncology
  • Medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA
  • Oncology training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY
  • Board certified in the subspecialties of medical oncology and hematology 
  • Medical Oncologist at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, Nc
  • Specializes in the care of breast cancer patients