Memorial University Medical Center

Center Information

Department of Clinical Trials
Memorial University Medical Center
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404
912-350-8183 (fax)
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Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship, Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC), a 530-bed tertiary medical center. MUMC is the region’s only teaching and research hospital, the only Level One trauma center, and the home of the only designated children’s hospital. MUMC was recently named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates for providing an "outstanding patient experience." It has also been named one of America’s Most Wired hospitals four years in a row by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

At Memorial University Medical Center, our mission is simple: with compassion, we heal, teach, and discover. Our vision is to be the healthcare system of choice by demonstrating excellence in everything we do. To learn more about our world-class facilities, please visit us at

Clinical Research Experience

There are currently more than 300 studies open at MUMC. We participate in more than 50 pharmaceutical- or industry-sponsored studies. Nearly 30 of our studies are comprised of original research being done by physicians and resident physicians.

The Department of Clinical Trials has been managing clinical drug and device trials in phases II through IV, and investigator-initiated research for 15+ years. We have experience in the following areas:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Endocrinology
  • Gerontology
  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Neurology
  • Obesity
  • OB/GYN
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics/Neonatology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Psychiatry
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Cancer Symptom Management
  • UGI
  • Trauma/Emergency Medicine

We have worked with multiple sponsors, including Abbott Laboratories, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp., Amgen, Aventis, Boerhinger-Ingelheim, Boerhinger-Mannheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Eli-Lilly & Company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Hoechst Group, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Merk & Company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation, Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research, Pharmacia and Upjohn, Pfizer, Roche, R. W. Johnson, Respironics, Inc., Rhone-Poulenc-Rorer, Schering Plough Corporation, Searle, Shire Pharmaceuticals, SmithKline Beecham, Somnus, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, TAP Holdings, Upjohn, Viropharma, Wyeth Nutritionals, Wyeth-Ayerst, and Zeneca.

Facility Description

Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, is southeast Georgia's only teaching and research hospital. Located about 30 minutes from an international airport, and just minutes from Interstate highways I-95 and I-16, the 530-bed hospital is the regional referral center for approximately 450,000 people in southeast Georgia and South Carolina. The center offers the full range of tertiary services with the exception of a burn unit and a transplant service. Some of the referral services include a Level 1 Trauma Center, open-heart surgery, high-risk obstetrics, neonatology, pediatric intensive care, pediatric cardiology, pediatric hematology/oncology, adolescent medicine, radiation oncology, sports medicine, rehabilitation services, diagnostic radiology services.

Memorial University Medical Center also has a surgical training lab and is well-equipped to conduct clinical trials. The lab maintains a refrigerated centrifuge and a minus 70-degree C freezer for processing and storing PK samples.

Investigator Experience

Memorial Health has more than 50 physicians in various specialties participating in research. All of our principal investigators are board certified in their specialties, which include:

  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gerontology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

Many of our principal investigators have 10 to 15 years of experience in clinical trials.

Staff Expertise

The Department of Clinical Trials at Memorial University Medical Center is staffed by a manager, a document specialist, four clinical research coordinators (3 RNs and 1BS prepared clinicians), and a doctorate-level pharmacist. One clinical research coordinator (CRC) is certified, and one is an oncology nurse certified (ONC). The CRCs have a combined total of 25 years in research and 85 years in nursing.

Nurses in the intensive care units, cardiac catheterization lab, tumor clinic, neonatal nursery, and other hospital units work closely with the research staff on studies in their areas. Their expertise allows trials to be conducted.

Patient Demographics

MUMC draws on populations from 35 counties in two states. The patient population spans all ages and socio-economic groups. Due to the mild climate, there is a large population of retirees. There are two military installations and four colleges/universities in the area, so there are also many young people and families. Savannah is in the nation’s hypertension belt and stroke belt. We also see much diabetes, obesity, and psychiatric illness in this region.

Other Information

MUMC’s clinical trials are monitored by two Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). We have both a general board and an oncology board to look at all studies and to protect the safety and welfare of the subjects involved.

To learn more about MUMC, please visit our Web site at You can reach the Memorial Health Department of Clinical Trials at (912) 350-8707.