About DOCR

Adrian Hernandez, MD, Vice Dean for Clinical Research


Adrian Hernandez, MD

Vice Dean for Clinical Research


Adrian Hernandez, MD, is the Vice Dean for Clinical Research for the Duke University School of Medicine on September 5, 2017.

As Vice Dean for Clinical Research, Dr. Hernandez has direct responsibility for advancing the clinical research mission of the School of Medicine. He works with leaders in single and multi-site based human research, patient care delivery, information technology, and health data science within School of Medicine departments, and centers and institutes including the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Margolis Center for Health Policy, in order to achieve the vision of advancing health and executing a coordinated strategy in clinical research to evolve the model of care and improve outcomes. Dr. Hernandez oversees the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Duke Health, the Duke Office of Clinical Research, the Office of Regulatory Affairs & Quality, and the Research Integrity Office.

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Denise Snyder, M S, R D, Associate Dean for Clinical Research


Denise Snyder, MS, RD

Associate Dean for Clinical Research


Denise C. Snyder, MS, RD is the associate dean for Clinical Research for Duke University School of Medicine. In this role, she leads the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR), a support office with expertise in study logistics, data management, regulatory oversight, and guidance for clinical research operations for Duke as a site.

“Research administration at academic medical centers should help clinical investigators navigate the complex research environment and operationalize research ideas. To effectively do this, the research culture must evolve from a model where individual faculty employ and trust only their own people to one of collaboration and trust of a much larger group of staff to help achieve scientific excellence. This means that staff and research support must deliver a high level of customer service and have a grounded conviction for what brings them to work every day.

For AMCs, research is a collaboration, not a service. There is a desire and drive to change patient care and health outcomes. When first taking on the office, this became our mission. First, change the culture of the central team, putting customer service first. Second, inspire staff by emphasizing that we’ve all chosen to work in AMCs because changing patient care and health outcomes is bigger than each of us. Together, the staff in clinical research must collaborate to be catalysts for change amongst the entire Duke research community. We must build partnerships based in trust with our faculty, patients, and local community. If staff only think about “me”, it will divert attention away from the true mission.”

This is an excerpt from Denise Snyder’s article “Changing a Culture Can Start with You,” published in National Council of University Administrators (NCURA) Magazine.  For the full text article click here.


DOCR Senior Leadership

Catee Mullen

Catee Mullen

Director, Clinical Research Operations
Stephanie Freel

Stephanie Freel

Director, Outreach and Mentorship
Marissa Stroo

Marissa Stroo

Director, Clinical Research Operations - Data

DOCR Careers

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