Thompson Cancer Survival Center – Clinical Trials

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies designed to discover new ways to treat different cancers and directly impact the number of new therapies and treatments available to fight cancer. Today’s trials are tomorrow’s standard of cancer care.

Thompson was the first to bring cancer clinical trials to East Tennessee over 25 years ago. Today, Thompson’s clinical trials department is under the leadership of David Chism, MD, and Susan Owenby, RN, CCRP, System Director of Clinical Research. Our oncologists are certified to participate in clinical trials and work with multiple cancer research groups to bring innovative treatments to East Tennessee. In addition, we partner with pharmaceutical companies to give our patients access to new treatments not otherwise available. We offer clinical trials because they often lead to better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer, allowing people to live healthier and longer lives. Ask your doctor if a clinical trial might be right for you.

Thompson Cancer Survival Center offers clinical trials at the following Thompson Oncology Group locations:

  • Blount 
  • Downtown Knoxville
  • Lenoir City 
  • Oak Ridge 
  • West Knoxville

Our Team

NameTitleContact Info
David Chism, MDMedical Director of Clinical Research[email protected] | 865-331-1812
Kristi Simcox, BS, CCRPSystems Director of Clinical Research[email protected] | 865-331-4985
Jessica Severt, RN, BSNStudy Coordinator[email protected] | 865-331-4966
Ashley Lyons, RNStudy Coordinator[email protected] | 865-331-2586
Sarah France, RNStudy Coordinator[email protected] | 865-331-2587
Casey Mastio-PartridgeStudy Coordinator [email protected] | 865-331-1812
Christina HallerRegulatory Specialist[email protected] | 865-331-1902
Catherine Duke-TaylorRegulatory Specialist[email protected] | 865-331-1291

Active Clinical Trials

Head and Neck
Lung: Non-Small Cell
Covenant Health