The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) Shared Resource fosters a supportive environment to help members of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center conduct clinical trials by providing a centralized resource of comprehensive management services to allow OSUCCC investigators to conduct successful clinical trials in a methodologically sound, expedient and cost-effective manner.
The CTO’s centralized clinical protocol administration includes departments specializing in protocol implementation and coordination, data and regulatory management, proficiency in negotiating clinical trial agreements and development of clinical trial budgets, internal auditing, and clinical trial education.
The CTO maintains six specialized disease teams of study personnel:
  • Breast Cancer 
  • Hematologic Malignancy/BMT
  • Phase I / CLL
  • Gynecological Oncology
  • GI/GU, Thyroid, Neuroendocrine
  • Melanoma / Thoracic, Head and Neck, Neurological Oncology and Radiation Oncology
Medical Directors:

CTOSR Program Director: Poonam Neki, MD

Administrative Assistant: Dave (Davin) Riley

Clinical Research Team Managers: Buffy Jansak, RN, BSN; Cheryl Kefauver, RN; Susan Ottman, RN; Barbara Kleiber, RN; Laura Mayer, MS

Clinical Research Training Manager: Aubrey Hastings, RN

Clinical Trials Auditor: Jill Dusina, RN

Database Management Specialist: Sarah Cantrell

Protocol Implementation Coordinator: Christy Sykes



Poonam Neki, MD, joined the CTO two years ago in the newly created Program Manager position. In this position, Dr. Neki is responsible for facilitating and executing the strategic planning initiatives of the OSUCCC Associate Director for Clinical Research. These initiatives include facilitating communication by and between the CTO and the Principle Investigators who utilize this shared resource. Tracking and reporting on the current study portfolio by disease to help insure that the CTO is meeting the needs of our patient population and the mission of the CCC.  
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Dave (Davin) Riley, administrative assistant, provides secretarial and clerical support to the CTO Administrative Director, management team and staff.  Mr. Riley is responsible for ordering supplies, scheduling all meetings for the CTO Administrative Director, Clinical Research Team Managers, and CTO working committees. He is responsible for the recording of staff meeting minutes, coordinating travel and reimbursement for all CTO staff, assisting the Clinical Research Team managers with all CTO staff recruitment efforts, serving as the primary point of contact for the CTO, provides word processing, scanning of files, filing of documents, and copying requests provide by the CTO management team. He coordinates the orientation of new CTO staff, coordinates phone moves and requests for personal computer moves.

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Buffy Jansak, RN, BSN, is the Clinical Research Manager for the hematology malignancies and BMT program. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Ohio State University and Oncology Certification in Nursing from ONS. Her nursing experience includes staff/charge nurse for the BMT program, Quality Improvement Manager, Patient Care Resource Manager at the James Cancer Hospital. She joined the CCC as a Research Nurse in 2004 and became a Clinical Research Manager in 2006 for the hematology malignancies and BMT diseases.   

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Cheryl Kefauver, RN, is the Clinical Research Manager for the Phase I and CLL Program. She received her nursing education from Mount Carmel School of Nursing and has 33 years nursing experience and joined the CTO in 1997 as a clinical research nurse. Ms. Kefauver was promoted to a Clinical Research Manager in 2006. 

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Susan Ottman, RN, is a Clinical Research Manager for the Breast Cancer Research program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Ohio State University and has 13 years of nursing experience.  Ms. Ottman joined the CTO in 1999 and has experience coordinating phase II trials for the solid tumor program. She has her certification from the ACRP as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has previous experience as a chemotherapy instructor for the James Cancer Hospital.

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Barbara Kleiber, RN, is the Clinical Research Manager for the GI, GU, Neuroendocrine/Thyroid Research Program. She is a Registered Nurse and received her nursing education from Riverside Methodist School of Nursing. She has 36 years of nursing experience as a staff nurse, assistant Nurse Manager and oncology nursing. She has her oncology nursing certification from ONS and joined the CTO in 1999 as a clinical research coordinator and then promoted to the role of clinical research manager in 2003. She is a core member of the CALGB nursing education committee.

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