St. John Clinical Research Institute

Center Information

St. John Clinical Research Institute
1725 E. 19th St.
Suite 701, Kaiser Bldg
Tulsa, OK 74104

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Genetic Disease
Healthy Volunteers
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 500+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 200+
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 60 Business Day(s)
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 96%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 90%


St. John Clinical Research Institute coordinates and conducts clinical trials by providing investigators with an efficient infrastructure, committed research staff and operational expertise to attain, perform and manage clinical trials.

The St. John Clinical Research Institute supports the research mission of the St. John Health System by integrating our core values of Service of the Poor, Presence Reverence, Integrity, Dedication, Creativity, Wisdom and Human Dignity, by and upholding human subject protection and high standards for quality of care while implementing clinical research trials.


St. John Clinical Research Institute provides research support (in varying capacities) to the majority of divisions within St. John Health System. There are more than 50 active trials with more than 50 qualified investigators avaliable. Below is a list of the various sections within the Department of Medicine that currently use or have used the resources of the division of Research.

  • St. John Center for Women's Health
  • St. John Heart Institute
  • St. John Heart Failure Clinic
  • St. John Heart Rhythm Services
  • St. John Neuroscience Institute
  • St. John Heyman Stroke Center (accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center)
    • NIH StrokeNet Affiliate University of Texas
  • St. John Trauma Center (accredited Level II)

List of Sponsors:

  • Abbott Vascular
  • Arstasis, Inc.
  • Boehringeringelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
  • Cordis Neurovascular, Inc.
  • Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
  • Medtronic
  • NCR - LLC (Cambridge)
  • Penumbra
  • Reata Pharmaceuticals
  • Stryker Neurovascular
  • Thoratec Corporation


St. John Clinical Research Institute is just 14 minutes from the Tulsa International Airport, is centrally located between major highways, and near several restaurants, hotels, and shopping experiences. The St. John Clinical Research Institute offers the following on-site accommodations:

  • Comfortable patient waiting area with Wi-Fi and TV access
  • Two treatment rooms and two consultation rooms within the research clinic
  • Laboratory with centrifuge and -20° and -80° freezers
  • Secure, double-locked investigational drug room
  • Ample storage space for study-related materials
  • Access to full array of hospital-related procedures
  • Access to hospital Code Blue System
  • EMR- Electronic Medical Records

Project Management

  • Lead coordinator schedule allows time for initiation/monitoring visits and investigator meetings
  • Lead coordinator acts as central contact
  • Spacious monitoring area with Wi-Fi and access to scan, copy, and fax machine
  • Accurate and prompt completion of case report forms
  • Remote data entry capabilities and experience:
    • iMedidata/Rave
    • Oracle
    • MEDRIO
    • IntraLinks
    • ICON Web portal
    • Bracket Web portal
    • Firecrest Web portal

Phase IIb - IV

  • Clinical safety and efficacy
  • Dose ranging and definition
  • Efficacy and safety in special populations
  • Labeling and claims support
  • Post marketing surveillance


  • Classes I - III
  • Premarket approval
  • Investigational device exemption
  • Humanitarian device exemption

Ancillary Services

  • Protocol Preparation
  • Study design
  • Source document form design
  • IRB preparation and submission
  • Budget analysis and negotiation


Principal investigators and sub-investigators, with numbers of years of clinical research experience indicated:

Thomachan Kalapura, MD
Gaurav Kumar, MD
Richard Kacere, MD - (8)
Robert Haas, MD - (30)
Mark Milton, MD - (2)

Michael Harvey, MD

Patrick Han, MD - (18)

Anna Wanahita, MD
Justin Thankachan, MD
Daryl Thompson, MD

Michael Charles, MD


The St. John Clinical Research Institute employs full-time RN nurse coordinators with 100 percent of their time dedicated to clinical trials. The clinical staff is specifically trained to perform research procedures and collect data as mandated by study protocol and federal, state and local regulations and guidelines. Regulatory oversight and ethics submissions are managed by a regulatory specialist dedicated to clinical research compliance. All clinical research staff receive training in Human Subject Protections via the CITI program every three years and in NIH annually.

The St. John team includes:

  • Inpatient and outpatient, Phase II-IV studies
  • Research trained APRNs and PA's
  • CRP and ACLS certified staff
  • NIHSS stroke-certified staff
  • IATA certified staff for transporting dangerous goods
  • Human Subject Protection training annually
  • CITI training every three years
  • Trained in Good Clinical Practice with ongoing education
  • Customized standard operating procedures


The St. John Health System Institutional Review Board is an independent body constituted of medical, scientific and non-scientific members, whose responsibility is to ensure the protection of the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects involved in a trial by, among other things, reviewing, approving, and providing continuing review of trial protocol and amendments and of the methods and materials to be used in obtaining and documenting informed consent of the trial subjects.

The St. John (IRB) holds a Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) registered with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) (IRB registration No. IRB 000019080) under the St. John Federal-wide Assurance (FWA 00004416) and Institutional Organization (IORG) No. 0001533.

All clinical trials are reviewed and monitored by the St. John Health System Institutional Review Board (SJHS IRB) within the constraints set forth by the SJHS IRB policies and procedures, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and the applicable regulatory requirements.

Contact Center

If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss clinical trials, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from the research center will then follow up with you.