Corporate Office of Research Operations


The Corporate Office of Research Operations (CORO) is responsible for supporting investigators and administrators in research by managing investigator-initiated research, academic, cooperative group, and externally sponsored research projects and clinical trials.

CORO processes approximately 200 applications annually for Orlando Health. The Office provides training to investigators, administrators and research operations teams and is available to provide customized consultative services to investigators and administrators.

Our Vision

The Corporate Office of Research Operations will create an outstanding climate of support for Orlando Health researchers, enabling exceptional research advances.

Our Missions

To enable the achievement of excellence by the research community, the Corporate Office of Research Operations:

  • Partners with the research community to create a culture of high achievement
  • Promotes shared responsibility, the ethical conduct of research, and compliance
  • Enhances researchers’ abilities to obtain and manage grants
  • Advocates for the needs of the Orlando Health research community
  • Broadens awareness of the value of Orlando Health research
  • Enhances the ability to perform research in a global community
  • Supports strong infrastructure for interdisciplinary research

Staff Members

Corporate Office of Research Operations

Philip Giordano, MD
Chief, Corporate Research Operations

Kurt Weber, MD
Assistant Director, Corporate Office of Research Operations

Tara Roberts, CIM, CIP
Corporate Director, Research Regulation and Compliance

Allisun Feazell, CIP, CCRP
Corporate Manager, Research Monitoring and Compliance
Director, Orlando Health Biorepository

Valerie Danesh, PhD, RN, CCRP
Corporate Manager, Research and Clinical Grants

Vicky Awalt
Revenue Integrity Clinical Liaison

Renzo Brothers
Data Manager, Research Billing

Christin Drayton
Data Manager, Research Billing

Stephanie Abrante
Data Manager

Diana Smith
Administrative Assistant

Clinical Research Divisions

  • Biorepository
  • Cardiovascular and Peripheral Vascular
  • Clinical Grants
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Obstetric/Gynecological
  • Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Pediatric Endocrine
  • Pediatric Gastrointestinal
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
    • Breast Cancer
    • Head, Neck & Thoracic Cancers
    • Gastrointestinal Cancer
    • Genitourinary Cancer
    • Neuro-oncology
    • Melanoma or Sarcoma
    • Radiation Oncology

Orlando Health Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest of Investigators and Staff

In accordance with 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, "Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought", please reference the Orlando Health Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest of Investigators and Research Staff. Written requests can be sent to the Corporate Director, Research Regulation & Compliance, Corporate Office of Research Operations, 1414 Kuhl Ave, MP 131, Orlando, FL 32806. Responses will be provided within five business days.

Contact Information

Diana Smith
Administrative Assistant
1401 Lucerne Terrace, 3rd Floor
Mail Point: 131
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: (321) 841-6472
Fax: (321) 843-6241

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