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Gwinnett Medical Center Announces Office of Research


Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) announced today a newly created Office of Research (OOR).  It will support sponsored research for internal departments at the hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville and external physician groups using GMC’s facilities when conducting research.  GMC recently tapped Holly Richards as director of clinical research to support this program.   

“It was critical to the hospitals to further promote better outcomes in health and provide the community with an ever expanding range of health options,” said GMC President and CEO Phil Wolfe.  “The Office of Research will coordinate research efforts by providing excellent support and consultative services, in areas including regulatory and financial aspects of conducting research, as it relates to community physicians and staff.”

It also strengthens the relationships with GMC affiliated physicians, a number of whom have expressed interest in conducting research at our facilities, said Wolfe.  GMC’s Office of Research will provide administrative oversight of the research studies currently being conducted by the Center for Cancer Care, a service of GMC, as well as any additional studies conducted at the hospital.  

The office will also manage and enforce standard research procedures at GMC as it relates to logistics reviews, contract and budgeting negotiations, Medicare coverage analysis and billing compliance, among others.

Richards comes to GMC with over 20 years of experience in clinical research operations and administration and specializes in oncology and cardiovascular services.  Most recently, Richards was with Genocea Biosciences, based in Cambridge, Mass., as Director of Clinical Operations and Quality Assurance.

There, she oversaw all clinical operations in regards to research and development, served as head of operations related to quality assurance and authored clinical materials, among other responsibilities.  Prior, she served at large hospital in Kentucky as the executive director of the Center for Advanced Medicine.

“Ms. Richards’ knowledge of all aspects of research and development, coupled with her experience as it relates medical administration and her strength in managing the coordination between the hospitals, doctors and patients will help us reach our end goal of offering alternative medical resources to our patient community in Gwinnett,” Wolfe said.   

About Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,500 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit or follow us at, or