Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division Staff
- Eileen Maloney-Wilensky, MSN, RN, CRNP
- Marie Kerr, CCRP
- Suzanne Frangos, RN, CNRN
- Francis Quattrone, BS
The Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division (NCRD) was established in December 2001 under the direction of Eileen Maloney-Wilensky. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is a critical care nurse with more than 21 years of experience in the field. She holds certification as a critical care nurse, neuroscience nurse and is board certified as an acute care nurse practitioner.
Among her many accomplishments, she has also been responsible for establishing collaborative research efforts between the University of Pennsylvania and with industry, leading to the development of promising new neurosurgical critical care technology and neurosurgical ICU protocols. Eileen oversees all clinical trials in the department that include patients with brain tumors, aneurysms, subarachnoid hemorrhages, traumatic brain injuries, movement disorders and spine syndromes.
Marie Kerr has been a part of Penn Neurology and Neurosurgery for more than 20 years. She is a certified clinical research professional through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). She has played a pivotal role in coordinating care for patients undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) since the procedure's inception in 1995.
Marie provides research support to the Neurosurgery Faculty at the Pennsylvania Hospital location. As part of her role as Clinical Research Coordinator, Marie is responsible for facilitating the research initiatives that include surgical device and intervention trials for Movement Disorders, Depression, Epilepsy and spine populations. In addition, Marie provides supervision to ensure compliance and completion of multiple chart reviews that review neurosurgery approaches to disease. Marie is responsible for database management as well as the regulatory and compliance processes assuring best practices for the numerous trials conducted by the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery.
Suzanne Frangos joined the Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division in 2007 and became the core lead for the ICU Core research trials. In her role as clinical research nurse coordinator she supports the research initiatives for the neuro ICU. She oversees all research studies conducted on the unit including surgical intervention, device, observational and outcome studies for the subarachnoid hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury population.
Suzanne has had a distinguished career in neuroscience nursing, including 30 years as a critical care nurse in Penn's neuro ICU. During this time she was an active member of the Unit-Based Translational Research Committee. In addition to research and clinical care, Suzanne mentors the clinical research assistants during a summer intern program, guiding their research projects and helping to develop their passion for research and neuroscience.
Francis Quattrone is a graduate from Loyola University Maryland. In his role as Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator, he supports the research initiatives at the HUP and PPMC locations. He is instrumental in the operations of the Brain Tumor Center trials; responsible for screening, consenting, enrolling patients and coordination of their follow-up visits. In addition, he is the primary coordinator at PPMC, focusing on the Neuro-ICU based protocols involving investigational drugs and devices for CNS and TBI clinical trials. Francis assists with the guidance and training of students participating in the Neurosurgery Summer Research Internship Program and provides supervision and data management for all chart reviews and quality of life studies conducted in the Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division (NCRD).
Kelsey is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. In her role as a clinical research coordinator, she primarily supports tissue banking initiatives and ICU-based research protocols. She facilitates the transfer of tissue from physicians in the operating room to basic science researchers in the lab for brain tumor resections, epilepsy resections, shunt placements for NPH, and degenerative disc cases. She also helps to coordinate the transfer of samples for the Neurosurgery Tumor Tissue Bank. In the NeuroICU, Kelsey supports projects analyzing the utility of thromboelastography in patients with traumatic brain injury and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
John is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division. He graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and holds a Master's degree in Biological Science from Drexel University. He primarily supports the clinical research efforts for Pennsylvania hospital while also assisting with trials at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He coordinates the transfer of tissue from surgeons in the operating room to basic science researchers in the lab for the Neurosurgery Tumor Tissue Bank. His responsibilities include obtaining informed consent, IRB regulatory compliance, data management, and quality improvement. John also also provides supervision and data management for all chart reviews and quality of life studies conducted at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Katherine is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the NCRD with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Ursinus College. Katherine coordinates a variety of tissue banking protocols and NeuroIntensive Care Unit trials in brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and subarachnoid hemorrhage patient populations. Katherine performs essential operations such as informed consent, specimen collection and transfer, data management, and regulatory compliance.
Chau is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. After working in laboratory science for two years after graduation, she went to Villanova University to get her BSN degree. After several years at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, Chau joined the NCRD team. In her role as a clinical research nurse coordinator, she is involved in a variety of research initiatives that support the Brain Tumor Center in addition to general neurosurgery projects. She is instrumental in the operations of the immunotherapy trials, responsible for the coordination of research visits and care of our patients with GBM.
Bryant is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a multidisciplinary background in neuroscience, international studies, bioethics, and health policy. He is involved in immunotherapy trials for the Brain Tumor Center, and supports clinical data management for all research trials within the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.