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Stephanie deRijke

Stephanie deRijke, RN, MSN, CIP
CTAC Director or (404) 712-5159

Ms. deRijke joined CTAC in August 2010, at the inception of the department. Prior to joining CTAC, Ms. deRijke began the Emory Institutional Review Board Education and Quality Assurance program in 2007. In 2010, Ms. deRijke became a site visitor for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) and obtained a Certified IRB Professional certificate.

Ms. deRijke's clinical research experience includes serving as an investigator of gastroenterology trials at the NIH Clinical Center in Betheda, MD and a coordinator for hypertension and diabetes trials in private practice in Decatur, GA. She obtained both a BSN and MSN from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and began her nursing career in Labor and Delivery at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Kirsten Gerner-Smidt

Kirsten Gerner-Smidt, BS
CTAC Auditor or (404) 712-6593

Ms. Gerner-Smidt joined CTAC in September 2010, just after the establishment of the department. Prior to joining CTAC, Ms. Gerner-Smidt worked as a Clinical Trial Coordinator III at Winship Cancer Institute in the field of Neuro-oncology.

Ms. Gerner-Smidt has 30 years of clinical research experience, mainly in the field of oncology, gastroenterology and medical devices. She has worked in various pharmaceutical and bio tech companies; the most notable roles being Roche Diagnostics in Denmark's implementation of Research Quality System and QA program and Contura International overseeing the medical device vigilance/adverse event surveillance and implementation of the ISO certification. Ms. Gerner-Smidt obtained her certification as lead auditor in 1991, before moving to the USA in 2005. Ms. Gerner-Smidt joined the Emory Community in 2005 in Research Pathology.

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Joanna Duncan, RN, BSN

CTAC Auditor or (404) 712-5147

Ms. Duncan joined CTAC September 2014. Prior to joining CTAC, she worked as a research nurse for the Interventional Cardiology research team at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Ms. Duncan's nursing experience includes cardiac catheterization, critical care, and emergency medicine. She obtained her nurse training and began her nursing career in the United Kingdom. Ms. Duncan came to the US in 1993 and worked in the Grady Emergency Department.  Later, she obtained a BS degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.

Toni Webb

Toni Marie Webb, BA
CTAC Auditor or (404) 778-8682

Ms. Webb joined CTAC as a Clinical Trial Auditor January 2011. Prior to joining CTAC, she worked as a Senior Clinical Research Associate with Pharmaceutical Product Development monitoring clinical trials. She has worked as a clinical trials monitor or auditor within various therapeutic areas for over 10 years.

Ms. Webb is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Anne AdamsAnne Adams, MHA, JD
Associate Vice President for CTAC and Emory Healthcare Chief Compliance Officer or (404) 778-2186

Ms. Adams works with research staff and clinical trials investigators in the area of clinical trials protocol and reimbursement compliance. Ms. Adams’s goal for her departments is to ensure education and understanding of regulations within the organization in order to support effective processes within healthcare and clinical trials compliance.

Ms. Adams served as Vice President of Regulatory Compliance for Georgia Baptist Health Care System, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that, she was consulting and in private practice. She is a 2007 graduate of the Woodruff Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop tomorrow's leaders to create, articulate, and achieve organizational vision for the benefit of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

She is a member of the American Heath Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association. She presents at various compliance conferences, including the Georgia Bar Association’s Health Care Fraud Institute, the Health Care Compliance Association Regional Conference, the Association of American Medical Colleges and at Emory University. She was invited to serve as a member of the Peer Review Committee for the AAMC.

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