Neurosurgery

Research

Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division Staff

Eileen Maloney-Wilensky, MSN, RN, CRNP

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.

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Marie Kerr, CCRP

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.

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Suzanne Frangos, RN, CNRN

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.

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Francis Quattrone, BS

Francis Quattrone is a graduate from Loyola University Maryland. In his role as a clinical research coordinator he supports the research initiatives in the Neurosurgery Clinic. He assists in the oversight of the Neurosurgery Brain Tumor Registry. Additionally he coordinates various surgical intervention and device studies for diseases of the brain and spine with the Neurosurgery faculty. Francis also provides supervision and data management for all chart reviews and quality of life studies conducted in the clinical practice office. He supports the research staff in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit with their in-patient studies, specifically in regard to the processing of patient samples in the laboratory.

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Bernard Michel, MS

Bernard is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, with a Masters in Science. In his role as a clinical research coordinator, he is involved in a variety of research initiatives that support the Brain Tumor Center in addition to general neurosurgery projects. He is instrumental in the operations of the immunotherapy trials, responsible for screening, consenting, and enrolling patients. Bernard also assists with the guidance and training of students participating in the Neurosurgery Summer Research Internship Program.

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Kelsey Nawalinski, BS

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.