Eric Smith named director of OHSU Clinical Research Support Office

Eric SmithEric Smith, M.S., M.B.A., has been named the director of the OHSU Clinical Research Support Office. The CRSO was launched on July 3, 2017, in order to bring clinical research support functions under one umbrella and focus on partnering with the research community to support OHSU’s clinical research leadership.

Smith comes to this position from the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, where he has served since 2011 as associate director of translational research and dermatopathology, and as administrator of the Knight Cancer Institute melanoma program. Before coming to OHSU, he held leadership roles at the University of Utah. Smith holds a master’s of business administration and a master’s in science and technology in biotechnology, both from the University of Utah. He brings knowledge and experience in clinical and translational research, program development, process improvement, and operational excellence to this new role.

As director of the Clinical Research Support Office, he will focus on service, transparency, and improving response times, in balance with risk assessment and regulatory requirements.

Smith will report to the vice president for research operations with joint reporting to the associate vice president for clinical and translational research and will work closely with key programs and units within the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute. He will transition to his new role beginning October 2, 2017.