The Corporate Office of Research Operations (CORO) is responsible for supporting investigators and administrators in research by managing investigator initiated research, academic, cooperative, and externally sponsored research projects.


CORO processes approximately 150-200 applications per year for Orlando Health. The Office provides training to investigators and administrative staff and is available to provide customized consultative services to investigators and administrators.



Our Vision

The Corporate Office of Research Operations (CORO) will create an outstanding climate of support for Orlando Health researchers, enabling exceptional research advances.


Our Mission

To enable the achievement of excellence by the research community, the CORO:

  • Partners with the research community to create a culture of high achievement
  • Promotes shared responsibility, the ethical conduct of research, and compliance
  • Enhances researchers’ abilities to obtain and manage grants
  • Advocates for the needs of the Orlando Health research community
  • Broadens awareness of the value of Orlando Health research
  • Enhances the ability to perform research in a global community
  • Supports strong infrastructure for interdisciplinary research

Staff Members

Corporate Office of Research Operations

Philip Giordano, MD


Kurt Weber, MD

Assistant Director

Tara Roberts

Corporate Director, Research Regulation & Compliance

Jill Dykstra RN, MSN, CCRC

Corporate Director, Clinical Research

Stephanie Abrante

Administrative Assistant

Dana Schult

Administrative Assistant

Orlando Health Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest of Investigators and Staff

In accordance with 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, “Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought”, please find the Orlando Health Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interests of Investigators and Research Staff. Should you wish to know more about Financial Conflicts of Interest, please send your written request to the Corporate Director, Research Regulation & Compliance, Corporate Office of Research Operations at 1414 Kuhl Ave., MP 131 Orlando, FL 32806. We will respond within five business days.

http://www.orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/pdf_icon_large.jpgView the Orlando Health Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interests of Investigators and Research Staff

Helpful Resources

Orlando Health Institutional Review Board (IRB)

UF Health Cancer Center Clinical Trials

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)