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Ballad Health Research

A leader in clinical research and innovative technology

At Ballad Health, we're working to honor those we serve by engaging in clinical research that advances medical science and pushes the boundaries of what is possible through technology.

Ballad Health participates in several large-scale, industry-sponsored, multi-center trials that benefit our community.

We're dedicated to:

  • Providing consistent oversight and management of system-wide clinical research
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance and fiscal responsibility
  • Keeping access to clinical trials available for our community

Ballad Health also supports principal investigators in a variety of therapeutic areas including:

  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedics

Our vision

Ballad Health has developed an exceptional research organization that's striving to foster and support a culture of curiosity and inquisitiveness throughout our region.

We're working to study and improve individual, community and regional health by increasing our knowledge and understanding of relevant ideas through data. Ballad Health Research is proud to work in a highly regulated industry – using knowledge, ethics and science as our guide.

We're focused on our goal of enriching our community through clinical research, ensuring that all Ballad Health patients are receiving the most effective care possible.

Clinical trials at Ballad Health

We've brought together a team of innovative physicians and clinicians who are at the forefront of groundbreaking research and clinical trials.

Our team is driven to ensure our communities across the region have access to advanced treatment options. In the past, many people in the Highlands community had to travel to large teaching hospitals for the latest in drugs and tech. By extending studies in our community, patients now have a choice of staying closer to home when choosing to join a clinical trial.

Ballad Health is a consistent leader in clinical research, and we're leveraging that track record to better improve healthcare across the region.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials can be defined in a number of different ways, but they typically involve studies to evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments.

The data from these trials helps us understand what approach will work best for all Ballad Health patients moving forward.

Benefits of clinical trial participation

Research and trials often lead to new approaches in diagnosing, preventing and treating conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. This is especially important in fields such as cardiology, oncology and hematology.

Participants in local clinical trials can typically play a more active role in their own healthcare, gaining access to new research and treatments before they're available – leaving a legacy that benefits all future patients.

Consider your trial options early

You should work with your doctor to decide – as early in your evaluation as possible – whether participating in a clinical trial is an appropriate treatment option for you. Once other treatments begin, you may become ineligible to participate in some clinical trials.

You can always exit a trial

You can leave any clinical trial at any time. Our experts will work with you to determine the best course of treatment once you've left the trial.

Your safety and privacy

To ensure safety for all of our patients, every study is reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board, the director of research and a clinical research committee.

Our patients are monitored carefully throughout every clinical trial. Special care is also always taken to help you understand any study that you participate in so that you can be an active participant in your own treatment.

All patient information regarding clinical trials is kept confidential.

How you can participate in a clinical trial

If you're approached about participating in a trial, listen carefully and always discuss it with your family and your doctor.

Volunteering for any study is a choice that only you can make.

If you're interested in possible trials or research studies, your physician can offer more details and information.

Contact us

In pursuing our research goals, Ballad Health is always looking for new partners. Are you interested in working with us? Do you have questions about our research team, facilities or clinical trials?

Reach out to us at and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Ballad Health library staff also assists all patrons – including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and community members – with their medical information needs. This can include any literature searches or full-text article retrieval. Contact our library staff at to learn more.


  • Research FAQ – Answers to common questions about Ballad Health research
  • Ballad Health Institutional Review Board (IRB) – The IRB-of-record for all Ballad Health affiliated research
  • – Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • – A resource with a catalog of courses for colleges and universities, healthcare institutions, technology and research organizations, and governmental agencies
  • Research timeline – Comprehensive timeline for various research requests, including required applications, essential documentation and needed approvals