Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division Staff
- Eileen Maloney-Wilensky, MSN, RN, CRNP
- Marie Kerr, CCRP
- Suzanne Frangos, RN, CNRN
- Lisa D. Pritchett, MSN, RN, MHA
- 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.
Lisa D. Pritchett recently joined the Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division July 2011. Lisa's role as Sr. Clinical Research Nurse encompasses the management and coordination of the clinical trials for the Neurosurgery oncology program. Ms. Pritchett comes with an extensive history of thirteen plus years working in critical care nursing and research training. She holds certifications as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) and Clinical Research Coordinator (CRO) from Rutgers University. In her role as the clinical research nurse coordinator, Lisa oversees the Immunotherapy Clinical Trials targeted for high grade tumors such as Glioblastoma Multiforme, surgical intervention and combined therapy trials aimed at treatment of varied brain tumors as well as trials that look at biomarkers of disease to enhance the detection and eventual prevention of brain tumors. With the faculty of our multidisciplinary cancer team, Ms. Pritchett will support the mission of the Penn Medicine Brain Tumor Center, a comprehensive program that supports the brain tumor patient and their family.
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.