Duke Primary Care Research Consortium

Who We Are:​

The PCRC is a primary care research network for academic, community, Veteran's Affairs (VA), and managed-care practices within the Duke Health System and surrounding communities. PCRC includes 25 practices in 8 counties in North Carolina, which represents more than 150 primary-care clinicians caring for more than 250,000 patients, with access to a total population of 1.2 million. Since 1997, the PCRC has conducted over 50 studies enrolling more than 3000 patients.
Our mission is to operate a community-based research network with guidance from an academic medical center, namely the Duke Health System.

Our goals are to:

Perform trials that will improve health care delivery and patient outcomes. Provide educational opportunities for clinicians to maintain clinical skills and develop new skills in performing research. Support clinician participation in clinical research through a central administrative office and trained study coordinators
Generate research to support the practice of evidence-based medicine

What We Do:

The PCRC aids in site access across therapeutic areas for trials involving ambulatory patients with both chronic and acute disease.
Our model consists of a group of dedicated research nurses trained by the network office. PCRC Project Management ensures that study milestones are completed according to timelines. PCRC coordinates contract and financial services for all network practices. Use of this model ensures quality data collection, enhances allocation of site personnel, and protects sites from fiscal responsibility for a full-time study coordinator position.The PCRC can act solely as a site network for multi-center trials or offer trial coordination of various levels via the DCRI.

Faculty: Research Coordinating Team:
Rowena Dolor, MD, MHS (Director) Beth Patterson, RN, BSN, ACRP, Project Leader II​
Emmanuel (Chip) Walter, MD, MPH (Co-Director) Fredrica Gallack, CDA, RDH, BS,CRC I
Ranee Chatterjee, MD, MPH (Chair, Research Advisory Board) Kathlene Chmielewski, CMA (AAMA), CCRP, CRC II​
Kristine Schmit, MD, MPH​ Lori Hendrickson, RN, BSN, CCRP, CRC II
Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MHS​​ Lynn Harrington, RN, BSN, CCRP, CRNC III
  Erica Suarez, BA, CTA II
  Luis Ballon, BA, CTA II
  Liz Fisher, CTA II​
  Stephanie Smith, CTA II

Who To Contact:

Adult studies:
Rowena Dolor, MD, MHS, Executive Director
Pediatric studies:
Chip Walter, MD, MPH, Associate Director

Click on a link below to download that file:

PCRC Powerpoint March 2013.ppt PCRC Guide for Researchers.docx PCRC Study (Updated Feb, 2016)

Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board is a team of practicing pediatricians, internists, and family physicians as well as researchers and research coordinators that reviews protocols for research studies that plan to work with primary care clinics in the Duke system.  The responsibilities of the board consist of:

Reviewing study proposals and determining appropriateness for the primary care setting
Assisting study team in determining the appropriate engagement, involvement and compensation of PCPs or clinics based on research protocols
Determining the most appropriate clinics or providers for a particular study
Reviewing and approving guideline proposals
Reviewing and approving study flyers
Providing letters of support for grant submissions
Reviewing progress of current projects

The Research Advisory Board meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm to review new proposals.  We welcome anyone interested in becoming part of the Board to contact us.
Who To Contact:
Ranee Chatterjee, MD, MPH (Chair)

Research Advisory Board:  
Ranee Chatterjee Montgomery, MD,MPH (Chair)​ Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MHS​
John Anderson Jr​, MD, MPH Truls Ostbye, MD, PhD
Remy Coeytaux, MD, PhD​ Kristine Schmit, MD, MPH
Rowena Dolor, MD, MHS​ Brian Shaner, MD
Brian Eichner, MD Mina Silberberg, PhD​
Martha Gagliano, MD Kathleen Waite, MD​​
Bradi Granger, PhD, RN​ Emmanuel (Chip) Walter, MD, MPH​

Sharon Hull, MD, MPH


Study Submission Guidelines

Study team submits study proposal including background of study, patient eligibility criteria, processes involved in study; compensation to providers/clinics and patients; potential study sites for recruitment and conduct of study
RAB meets monthly to review studies
RAB provides feedback to study team re: approval, recommended changes to protocol, study sites for recruitment/conduct of study
If approved or changes made as suggested, study teams are able to contact clinic sites about the study.



PCRC Guide for Researchers.docx

Research With Clinical Practices or Community Partner Guidelines_Mar 2014.docx