Surgery Office of Clinical Research

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Turn-Key Clinical Research Support

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

SoCR assists with protocol design, budget development, sponsor negotiations, site feasibility assessments, study operations, staffing support, database design and data integrity, regulatory document preparation,  submission compliance, research practice training, clinical audit, and serves as a liaison with the contracts and finance offices as well as inter-departmental resources.  

In keeping with the mission of Duke Medicine and the Department of Surgery, SoCR is committed to providing training of tomorrow's leaders and the conduct of innovative research that impacts healthcare outcomes for all patients.


The Surgery Office of Clinical Research (SoCR) will coordinate the review and approval process of agreements (new and amendments) with the Office of Corporate Research and Collaboration (OCRC)* and the Office of Research Administration (ORA).

Residents and Fellows

Duke Surgery residency and fellowship programs offer opportunities to be involved in clinical research. Please contact the Residency or Fellowship Coordinator about the research training available and required in your residency or fellowship program.

Duke Surgery faculty and staff can access the SoCR webpages on the Staff Intranet.