Karen Carter, RN, MBA

Karen Carter is the Associate Director of the Clinical Research Program and Executive Director of BCC (Operations) at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, where she is responsible for our biorepository, research nurses, coordinators, regulatory, and financial staff.  She is charged with supervising a staff of 25 and managing the conduct of over 100 cancer trials involving 750 cancer patients, all cancer-related biospecimen collections, the Clinical & Scientific Review Committee, and the Data & Safety Monitoring Committee.  Additionally, Karen represents this program's interests with the BCC Cancer Committee, with external pharmaceutical sponsors, with the partnering KYOne clinical operations at the BCC facility, and with CHI's national research organization "CIRI."

Karen has over 20 years' experience in a corporate legal department at a local manufacturing company, with experience in staff management, project and change management, and quality initiatives.  She has been an R.N. since 2006, working at Baptist East Hospital and at the Brown Cancer Center as an oncology nurse and as a research nurse.  In the BCC Cancer Trials Program, Karen has managed complex oncology cancer trials, and previously served as Manager of Clinical Operations.  Her educational background includes an MBA with a concentration in health sector management (from UofL).  She is well versed in the complex and evolving regulations governing clinical research.   Building on her corporate and educational background, Karen works to embed within the clinical research program an operational framework including continuous improvement, process analysis and change, and the ethical and respectful conduct of cancer trials with cancer patients.