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Clinical Research

The Duke Department of Surgery's dedication to providing exceptional patient care has resulted in an ever-expanding clinical research program. Clinical trials are an integral part of the transition of research from bench to bedside. Department of Surgery faculty members conduct over 400 clinical trials annually. Clinical research in the Department of Surgery is managed by the Surgery Office of Clinical Research (SOCR), which is staffed with experienced individuals who are dedicated to making patient safety a priority. Dr. Julie Thacker, an experienced clinician and researcher, serves as Medical Director of the SOCR.

The number and variety of active clinical trials in the Department of Surgery allows us to offer our patients access to treatments and therapies that are available at only a few medical centers nationwide.

Duke Health Team Performs First Hand Transplant in North Carolina

A Duke Health team performed the first hand transplant in North Carolina on May 27, 2016. The Duke Hand Transplantation Program, led by Dr. Linda Cendales, is part of a clinical trial funded by the Department of Defense to assess the safety and efficacy of a novel immunosuppressive regimen in transplant recipients that aims to prevent graft rejection.

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Surgery Office of Clinical Research

The Surgery Clinical Research Unit (CRU) operates within the Surgery Office of Clinical Research (“SoCR”). The SoCR was established to provide turn-key clinical trial support for the Department of Surgery's principal investigators, trainees, clinical research coordinators, and study sponsors.

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Interested in Participating in a Clinical Trial at Duke?

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