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From bench to bedside to community

Situated at the crossroads of academics and real-world healthcare environments, the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) creates new knowledge that provides the latest advances for patients at nearly 300 sites of care in the region. Our researchers cover many areas and types of research, across the six comprehensive research networks aligned with our clinical and operational service lines, advancing the health of our patients today and tomorrow. 

Our research teams work collaboratively to understand the needs of our clinicians and patients, with the goal of developing more effective and safe ways to treat people and meet these needs. Our goal is to conduct applied research and implementation science, grounded in theory, to advance safety, efficiency, and quality for our clinicians and patients. 

About MedStar Health Research Institute

MedStar Health Research Institute advances the health and wellbeing of all people through transformational, interdisciplinary, and inclusive research.

Founded in 1963,the MedStar Health Research Institute  is the research division of MedStar Health. We provide scientific, administrative, and regulatory support for clinical research throughout the MedStar Health system. 

As the research arm  of the MedStar Health academic healthcare system, our contribution to the healing work performed across the region and in the communities we serve is led by our commitment to advance health. Led by Dr. Neil Weissman, the Institute supports more than 1,000 associates dedicated to advancing health through research across the region at more than 40 MedStar Health sites.

Programs and services

clinical research

Clinical trials

While we continue to enhance treatment regimens, ongoing clinical research is the way to best improve patient health and welfare—now and in the future. Every day, our investigators are leading a variety of clinical trials, testing new treatment options, and finding new ways to provide supportive care and symptom management. As a result, novel discoveries and breakthrough innovations benefit our patients more immediately and allow us to deliver the highest quality of care with the best possible outcomes. By participating in a clinical study at MedStar Health, you can not only play an active role in your own healthcare, but possibly help others in the future.

Research networks

Wherever you look throughout the our health system, you're likely to find highly qualified scientists and investigators conducting leading edge clinical research. MedStar Health Research Institute researchers cover many areas and types of research across the six comprehensive networks: Cardiovascular, Healthcare Delivery, Cancer, Medical and Surgical, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and NeuroScience and Rehabilitation.

Scientific core services

Our Research Institute's Multidisciplinary Core Services function to support investigators as an interdisciplinary resource. Investigators are encouraged to work with their respective Scientific Center Administrator to access each of the cores. These services include Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics, Biochemistry and Biomarker Core, Penn Medical Laboratory, Pre-Clinical Research Laboratory, and Research Pharmacy.


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Our leadership

We are dedicated to supporting the academic platform of MedStar Health by conducting high quality translational and health sciences research throughout our health system.

The Board of Directors is supported by a leadership team that encompasses all areas of research. The leadership team is supported by the advisory board, which includes representatives from many of the facets of research being completed at MedStar Health.