For Investigators

Clinical research enables medicine to continuously improve. While financial sponsorship and resource availability are critical to improving healthcare, it is the ingenuity and dedication of the clinical investigator that drives innovation in medical practice. Baptist Health’s support of clinical trials is designed with this dedication of investigators in mind. 

Our track record speaks for itself. In recent years, we’ve expanded the volume and types of research being conducted across our system. Since 2015 provider involvement has increased by 340%. Moreover, we have grown from five hospitals with one to two service lines conducting research, to nine hospitals participating across multiple service lines and disease sites, serving our patients and families in rural and urban areas alike. We continue to focus our efforts on meeting the needs of the communities we serve. 

At Baptist Health, we strive to find new ways to deliver health services in a changing environment, through collaboration with both internal and external professionals, and with other organizations seeking similar outcomes. Join us in building healthcare’s future. 

Supporting Our Investigators

The Baptist Health Research Team understands the challenges of leading clinical studies. We assist you with all aspects of the research process, with an experienced clinical-research staff that works with investigators in conducting clinical trials. Our contracts-and-budgets staff leads negotiations during pre- and post-award activities. We also provide regulatory and compliance support, data analysis, and education. 

Getting Started

The Baptist Health Research Team can jump-start your clinical trial by: 

  • Onboarding your project with an appropriate management structure: We will identify a principal investigator and clinical research coordinators to oversee trial activities and to coordinate with the investigation team or contract research organization (CRO), whether internal or external.
  • Recruiting patients for participation in the trial: We will work with providers to identify only those individuals whose involvement will serve the scientific goals of the initiative, while meeting our strict ethical standards for participation. 
  • Obtaining informed consent of all trial participants: We will ensure that anyone who volunteers to participate in clinical research is doing so by means of informed consent, according to legal and principled guidelines. 

If you’re a third-party investigator (no Baptist Health affiliation), you can initiate this process by completing an Operational Review Form, available here: Operational Review Form. Please submit this form to the respective contact person below. Investigators with a Baptist Health affiliation do not need to complete this form.

Next Steps

If you are interested in becoming an Investigator for Research at Baptist Health Lexington, Corbin, Richmond, or Baptist Health Medical Group at Brannon Crossing (Nicholasville), please contact:

Franklin Echevarria
Research Site Manager
Phone: 859.260.3197

Karli Herald
Research Site Manager
Phone: 859.260.6362

If you are interested in becoming an Investigator for Research at Baptist Health Louisville, Hardin, Floyd, Paducah, or Madisonville, please contact:

Melissa Barnes
Manager, Research Regulatory
Phone: 859.260.6363