A comprehensive medical research system

Situated at the crossroads of academics and real-world healthcare environments, the Research Institute creates new knowledge that provides the latest advances for patients at nearly 300 sites of care in the region.

The transformational nature of our research—from bench to bedside to community—complements the key clinical services and teaching programs in our hospitals and in the diverse communities we serve. Wherever you look throughout the MedStar Health system, you're likely to find the highly qualified scientists and investigators conducting leading edge clinical research.

Researchers and investigators

The 300+ active investigators at MedStar Health are nationally and internationally known researchers who serve on editorial review boards of prominent scientific medical journals and have prestigious National Institutes of Health committee and academic appointments. Their research activities continue to lead to successful system-wide implementation and interventions at MedStar Health and across the nation.

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MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network

At MedStar Health, patients have access to some of the nation's leading technology, the latest clinical trials, and unparalleled expertise when it comes to their cardiovascular care. We offer cardiac patients some of the most sophisticated diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services available.

Our world-renowned investigators, basic and translational scientists, interventional cardiologists, research nurses, technicians, sonographers, and support staff are committed to developing new technologies and strategies to enhance patient care.

Cardiovascular Core Imaging Lab

In cardiovascular medicine, having the right imaging technology available facilitates optimal diagnostic and therapeutic services. The Cardiovascular Core Imaging Lab at MedStar Health Research Institute provides proven expertise in technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, and ultrasound, in an efficient, responsive environment.

MedStar Healthcare Delivery Research Network

MedStar Health investigators are dedicated to identifying ways to advance health care. The Healthcare Delivery Research Network at MedStar Health includes our Center for Health Equity Research, MedStar National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, and the MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center.

Research focus

Our healthcare delivery research network has investigators dedicated to multiple areas of focus, including:

  • Care delivery models
  • Health economics and policy
  • Health equity
  • Human factors and patient safety
  • Palliative care
  • Quality and safety

MedStar Georgetown Cancer Research Network

MedStar Health is home to state-of-the-art facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Treatment teams include world-renowned physicians supported by registered nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, and other specialists, as well as a research component that brings new treatments to the patient. We are committed to clinical research as an essential tool to further cancer care.

Clinical trials

Our research institute physicians conduct a variety of trials ranging from treatment of the actual cancer to supportive care for symptom management. Additionally, biosocial and observational trials that study patterns of care may be offered.

Cancer clinical trials offered intend to treat both early (before and/or after surgery) and advanced (if the tumor has recurred or spread) disease. Research trials use, and sometimes combine, a variety of different treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and/or radiation therapy.

MedStar Medical and Surgical Research Network

The investigators of MedStar Health are dedicated to improving the medical care provided to patients and to advancing healthcare practices through clinical and basic research. Our researchers participate in both investigator-initiated research and commercially sponsored clinical trials, bringing advancements to patients in many areas of care.

Research focus

Clinical trials and investigator-initiated research studies are conducted throughout the MedStar Health system for a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • Burn critical care
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonary
  • Rheumatology
  • Violence intervention
  • Women’s health and infant services

MedStar Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Research Network

The orthopedic and sports medicine research program at MedStar Health is closely aligned with its world-class clinical programs, where there is close collaboration between orthopedic surgeons, research fellows, and engineers.

Surgical training and teaching laboratories are provided in a one-on-one setting. Multidisciplinary research efforts focus on areas of degenerative, deformity, traumatic, and congenital pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.

Clinical research

Investigations focus on clinical research in the areas of injury prevention and control, injury epidemiology, biomechanics, rehabilitation and kinesiology for the purpose of improving physical performance, reducing the risk of injury in sports and exercise, clinical drug trials, and sports equipment evaluation.

MedStar Neuroscience and Rehab Research Network

The field of neurological rehabilitation is experiencing a surge of knowledge, as physicians and researchers discover new wonders about the brain.

At the forefront of these discoveries are the researchers at MedStar Health, who conduct clinical trials and develop new interventions for patients with neurologically based impairments, evaluate the effectiveness of new and existing interventions, enhance understanding of the bases of impairment and disability, and develop new methods to assess human function and performance.

Research topics

At the heart of MedStar's neuro-rehabilitation program is the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. The investigators probe new rehabilitative interventions, address the health and rehabilitative needs of persons with disabilities, and develop better ways to deliver and pay for these services.

Our research is further enhanced by several collaborative projects that bring together leading experts nationwide, and focuses on several topic areas:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Upper extremity amputation
  • Neuromuscular system
  • Neurophysiology
  • Tele-rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Locomotion and balance

Bladder Rehabilitation Training Center

A national leader in the field of bladder dysfunction and urinary symptoms that follow nervous system injury or disease, the Bladder Rehabilitation Training Center team investigates ways to produce positive patient outcomes.