Baptist Health Clinical Research Center & Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation

Center Information

Micheal Stephens
Director of Research
Baptist Health Clinical Research Center & Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation
1700 Nicholasville Road
Attn: Clinical Research Center
Lexington, KY 40503
859-260-4145 (fax)
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Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Center Overview

Baptist Health Lexington is a 610-bed major medical research and education center committed to providing excellent health care, leading-edge technology and compassionate medical services to patients throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky.

The hospital has conducted research for many years, formalizing its efforts with the establishment of the Clinical Research Center in 1999. The center is committed to advancing the practice of medicine and improving patient care by performing and fostering clinical trials for its patients.

The Clinical Research Center (CRC) and Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation (LCRF) is involved in all aspects of clinical trials and has trained research coordinators who organize, facilitate and coordinate trials. More than 40 physicians currently serve as investigators or sub-investigators on research projects at Baptist Health. The hospital has its own IRB that reviews each study coordinated by the Clinical Research Center to ensure patient safety.

Clinical Research Experience

Baptist Health Lexington has over 20 years of experience conducting clinical trials. Since the establishment of the Clinical Research Center in 1999and the Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation (LCRF) in 2006, the CRC & LCRF has conducted several hundred trials across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Oncology Research
  • Hematology Research
  • Bariatric Research
  • Cardiac Research
  • Electrophysiology (EP) Research
  • Obstetrics Research
  • Neonatal Research
  • Stroke Research
  • Neuro-interventional Research
  • Pulmonary Medicine Research
  • Orthopedic Research

The Baptist Health Lexington CRC and the Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation has an excellent reputation for assisting the following companies with bringing new products to market:

  • Accuray, Inc.
  • Glaxo-Smith Kline
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Amgen
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Aventis Pharmaceuticles
  • Wyeth
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Eli-Lilly
  • Genentech
  • ImClone Systems Inc.
  • Norvartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Ortho Biotech
  • Pfizer
  • Wyeth-Pharmaceuticles
  • Morphotek
  • DCRI
  • Harvard
  • Quintiles (CRO)
  • Northwestern
  • Medpace (CRO)
  • Medtronic
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Celegene
  • Alere
  • Precision Therapeutics, Inc.
  • AMAG Pharmaceuticals
  • Ziopharm Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotronik
  • Atritech
  • Guidant
  • Boston Scientific
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Biosense Webster
  • Cordis
  • Stereotaxis
  • Siemens
  • Beckman Coulter, Inc
  • Biosite, Inc
  • Columbia Labs, Inc
  • BAS Medical (Novartis)
  • Pediatrix Medical Group
  • Abbott
  • Concentric Medical, Inc.
  • Hoffmann-LaRoche
  • Merck Bard
  • Eli Lilly
  • Bard
  • Genentech
  • Coaxia
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Covidien
  • Concentric Medical
  • Millennium
  • Takeda Oncology Company
  • Cytokine PharmaSciences
  • Impulse Dynamics
  • Infraredx
  • Mayo Clinic

Facility Description

Baptist Health Lexington is a 610-bed major medical research and education center committed to providing excellent health care, leading-edge technology and compassionate medical services to patients throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Baptist Health serves a population of approximately 1.5 million people. It is owned by Baptist Healthcare System, which owns or manages seven hospitals throughout the state of Kentucky. Baptist Health began operation in 1954 and has grown to be one of the major tertiary centers in the state.

Today, Baptist Health Lexington has one of the busiest and most respected heart programs in Kentucky performing more than 15,000 heart catheterizations/EP procedures and more than 400 open heart procedures a year. The Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation was established in 2006 and is devoted to improving the lives of those with cardiovascular disease specifically through cardiac, electrophysiology and vascular research. The Cancer Care Center offers a full range of services, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, genetic counseling and clinical trials. More than 1,600 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year. They have satellite locations in Madison, Bourbon and Jessamine counties to meet the needs of those communities. They have expanded their Cancer Research Program to both satellite locations and added Baptist Health Corbin and Baptist Health Madisonville to their program, The obstetrics program delivers approximately 4,000 babies a year with a focus on peer-natal services for high risk pregnancies. Baptist Health Lexington's one of the most advanced neuroscience programs in the region for quality of care, outcomes and patient safety. They use the most innovative and minimally invasive techniques to treat aneurysms and acute strokes. Participation in research and clinical trials is an important component to provide patients access to leading-edge management and treatment for all types of neurological disorders.

To deliver quality care Baptist Health relies on an increasing array of technology to improve patient care, diagnose diseases, and improve efficiency. These include tracking and diagnostic technologies, and emerging technologies that continue to advance the capabilities of modern medicine.

Specialized Equipment

  • Cyberknife
  • da Vinci Surgical System
  • Drug-Eluting Stents
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • IVUS-Intravascular Ultrasound
  • NIRS-Near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Sterotaxis
  • FIRM Ablation
  • Bi-plane neuro-interventional suite
  • Siemens Somatom Sensation 64
  • Somatom Definition AS 64
  • Somatom Emotion, 16 slices with Fluoro
  • Siemens MRI Symphony 1.5T, with TIM Systems
  • Siemens MRI Skyra 3.0 T
  • spree Open Bore MRI
  • New Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
  • Most advanced digital mammography capability on the market
  • Bi-plane endovascular suite
  • Siemens PET Biograph MCT-S(40) 4R

Baptist Health has been repeatedly recognized as the preferred hospital in the Lexington region by area residents and has been ranked in the top 20 Best Places to Work in Kentucky program for ten years. Baptist Health is a leader in inpatient services and has developed eight outpatient centers throughout the region.

Investigator Experience

Azhar Aslam, MD
Firas Badin, MD
David R. Baehler, MD
John Barton, MD
Alan Beckman, MD
Gary W. Boliek, MD
William Brooks, MD
Kelley Clark, MD
Timothy Coleman, MD
Gregory Cooper, MD
Hope Cottrill, MD
James Crager, MD
Elvis Donaldson, MD
Sandeep Duggal, D.O.
Russell Eldridge, MD
Curtis Given, MD
John Harrison, MD
Marta Hayne, MD
Aaron Hesselson, MD
Lee G. Hicks, MD
Paula Hollingsworth, MD

Mohammed Imam, MD
Michael Jones, MD
David Kelly, MD
Anthony Marano, MD
Douglas Milligan, MD
Robert Mitchell, MD
KaraBeth Moore, MD
Ben Newman, MD
Ari Padmanabhan, MD
Elizabeth Pelkofski, MD
Christian Ramsey, MD
Tyler Richmond, MD
Anthony Rogers, MD
Michael Rukavina, MD
Amy Schell, MD
Kevin Scully, MD
Stephanie Sheffield, MD
Hal Skinner, MD
Peter S. Tate, MD
Patton Thompson, MD
Gery Tomassoni, MD
George Derek Weiss, MD
J. Randall Thompson, MD
Alexander Tzouanakis, MD
Michael White, MD
James Winkley, MD
Bradley Youkilis, MD

Staff Expertise

The Baptist Health Clinical Research Center and the Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation is maintained by a staff comprised of Directors, Clinical Research Coordinators, Regulatory Coordinators, Oncology Data Coordinator, Research Business Manager, and Internal Compliance Monitor. The majority of our staff has been with the CRC for over 2 years, with over 50 years of collective clinical research experience.

Patient Demographics

Baptist Health pulls 75% of it patient population from a primary service area comprised of 17 counties known as the Bluegrass Area Development District, with a total 2010 population of 767,265. The 2000 population of this area was 687,180, which is more than an eleven percent increase. The population is projected to increase 4.6 percent by 2015 to 802,233. Baptist Health also receives an additional 25% of its patients from Southeastern Kentucky.


Baptist Health Lexington’s primary service area’s population is highly educated with 27.7 percent of the population holding a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. This is higher than the national average. Eighty four percent of the population has a high school education or greater.


The 2010 average household income was $61,391.

Patient Services

Baptist Health Lexington’s patient contact in 2009 consisted of over 18,000 inpatient admissions, 33,559 emergency room visits, and a total of 111,030 outpatient visits. Baptist Health Lexington delivered 3,671 babies and performed 471 open heart procedures in 2009.


Thomson Reuters Market Expert
Health and Human Services Annual Hospital Utilization and Services Report
United Health Foundation Healthcare Rankings

Other Information

Baptist Health Clinical Research Center has three divisions, the majority of the research disciplines are managed by the Directors in the Clinical Research Center and the Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation. In 2008 the Cancer Research Program was relocated to the Baptist Health Cancer Care Center and is managed by Micheal F. Stephens, MBA, CCRP. Both areas utilize the Research Business Office that is located in the Clinical Research Center.

To find out specific information about any of our research service lines please contact;

Micheal Stephens, MBA, CCRP
Director, Cancer Research Program
Phone: (859) 260-6456
Fax: (859) 260-4508

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