Linda Iovanni, M.B.A., B.S.
Chief Operating Officer/ Director of Research
I am Chief Operating Officer/ Director of Research at Maryland Oncology Hematology, providing leadership, compliance oversight and fiscal stewardship to a team of 37 investigators and 24 clinical research staff at 8 research sites. Within my 28 years of experience, I also served as the Director of Research Policy and Accreditation Standards for the first national Research Accreditation program developed by the National Commission of Quality Assurance (NCQA) in Washington, DC. and have extensive research nurse coordinator experience, personally conducting or managing more than 1800 early to late phase multi-disciplinary clinical trials. My passion for clinical trials comes from my large range of experiences helping patients and seeing the success of supporting new treatments.
Missy Almand, A.A.
Research Operations Manager
I began my career in research as an Administrative Assistant and then a Project Management Assistant of a healthy volunteer Phase 1 unit. In my 11 years of clinical research experience, I learned all the ins and outs of research and gained most of my Regulatory knowledge. In my current job with MOH as Research Operations Manager I oversee the Regulatory and Finance teams as well as the day to day operations. With my help and the great teamwork in this division, we are able to work smoothly with the sponsors and doctors to provide the best and most accurate care for our patients. I like that my job is never boring nor is it ever the same.
Jake Brooks, B.F.A.
My clinical research experience began seven years ago and lead me to join the team here at MOH. A large part of my job is to work with the Sponsors and drug companies to confirm that all of the appropriate documentation, training and regulatory filings are in place to allow patients to receive these products. My job helps to ensure the safety of the patients and excellency of our work at MOH Research. In my current position, I like that I get to work with many different people daily. My dedication to Research comes from knowing that the work we do is benefiting people.
Azeem Bhatti, B.A.
After seeing the effect research had in the hospital I worked at, I joined Maryland Oncology and Hematology as a Research Coordinator. I now oversee program quality for MOH Research as the Quality Manager and have five years of experience. I make sure that we have the processes in place that make us compliant with Good Clinical Practices, giving me the opportunity to provide education and training to our staff. This position is rewarding because I believe that our work affects an endless number of people. The work we do can bring better treatment options than the ones we have today.
With a total of 15 years of research experience, I have learned all ropes of research regulation, compliance, and importance. My current position with MOH involves data entry into case report forms in Electronic Data Capture systems. I like the data entry piece of research as it mirrors a puzzle and you have to make the pieces fit. What I do ensures that the necessary information is provided to the patient, physician, and trial sponsor.