Surgery Clinical Trials Office

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The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) is available to collaborate with and provide support for investigators and their research teams in all phases of clinical research, including the organization, implementation and completion of clinical research studies.

Our mission

  • To provide quality staff and services for research that is responsive and appropriate to both the investigator and the needs of the community;
  • To promote public and professional education and awareness regarding clinical research;
  • To contribute to medical and intellectual advancements;
  • To contribute and uphold the missions of the University of Minnesota and the Department of Surgery.


The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) is a not-for-profit, Internal Sales Organization (ISO). Our fees are rate based and regulated by University of Minnesota Controller’s office.

Investigators or departments using SurgCTO services are charged hourly for work completed. The amount of time required for each task listed in the Services section varies from project to project. Please contact our office to discuss.

Limited pro bono support is available for junior investigators conducting investigator-initiated studies and for investigators who have received a department of surgery pilot grants.


We offer services in areas including financial, study start-up, study coordination, study closeout, and more.

Contact us


Dinnaken Office Building, Suite 150
925 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 

Request a Meeting

Phone: 612-624-7463
Fax: 612-624-0902

The staff is available Monday through Friday, during regular business hours. Extended and weekend hours can be available upon request.

Our faculty & staff

MatasArthur Matas, M.D. 
Clinical Research Director

BaileyRobert Bailey, CCRC
Administrative Director

Image of Alison Oase, Admin Assistant TROAlison Oase
Clinical Trial Support Specialist

Sara EischenSara Eischen, B.A. 
Clinical Research Project Manager

FarnsworthMary Farnsworth, B.A., CCRC 
Clinical Research Project Manager

Nick Lemke
Nicholas Lemke, M.S.
Clinical Research Project Manager

Image of Marcia BrottMarcia Brott, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Image of Lauren HuffmanLauren Huffman, B.A., CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator

JohnsonBecky Johnson, B.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Image of Michelle LandeweerMichelle Landeweer, B.S.
Data Coordinator

MyersMonica Myers, B.S., CCRP
Data Coordinator