Surgery Clinical Trials Office

The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) is available to collaborate with and provide support for investigators and their research teams in all phases of clinical research, including the organization, implementation, and completion of clinical research studies.

Learn more about our Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of The Portable Organ Care System (OCS™) Heart For Resuscitation, Preservation, and Assessment of Hearts from Donors after Circulatory Death (DCD Heart Trial).


 Our Mission

  • To provide quality staff and services for research that is responsive and appropriate to both the investigator and the needs of the community;
  • To promote public and professional education and awareness regarding clinical research;
  • To contribute to medical and intellectual advancements;
  • To contribute and uphold the missions of the University of Minnesota and the Department of Surgery.


Contact + Our Team Members


Dinnaken Office Building, Suite 150
925 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 

Phone: 612-624-7463
Fax: 612-624-0902

The staff is available Monday through Friday, during regular business hours. Extended and weekend hours can be available upon request.

Faculty & Staff

Arthur Matas, M.D. 
Clinical Research Director

Mary Farnsworth, B.A., CCRC 
Operations Manager

Nicholas Lemke, M.S.
Faculty Research Development Advisor

Kristin Mathson, B.A., CCRP
Clinical Research Program Manager

Marina Pillai, B.S.
Clinical Research Program Manager

Rabia Ahmed, B.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Marcia Brott, B.A., CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator

Shannon Jannatpour, MS, RDN, LDN, CLT, CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator 

Henry Madden, B.S. 
Clinical Research Coordinator

Monica Myers, M.S., CCRP
Data Coordinator

Alyssa Nelson, B.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Alison Oase
Clinical Trials Assistant

Mattie Wagner, M.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator



We offer services in areas including financial, study start-up, study coordination, study closeout, and more.

Financial Management

  • Preparation of and assistance in negotiating contracts with industry sponsors
  • Budget development
  • Coordinate account set up with SPA
  • Coordinate purchasing and invoicing
  • Manage reimbursements for study subjects
  • Financial close-out

Study Start-Up

  • Coordinate feasibility surveys
  • Preparation and submission of Institutional Review Board materials such as:
    • Initial application and corresponding appendices
    • Informed Consent and HIPAA forms
    • Development of subject recruitment materials (flyers, letters, phone scripts)
  • Preparation and submission of materials for scientific review
  • Coordination of site initiation visits
  • Regulatory binder creation and organization
  • Development of data collection forms/source documents
  • Contract for goods and services to be provided by vendors

Study Coordination

  • Research participant recruitment and screening
  • Assistance with determining study eligibility
  • Garner informed consent
  • Schedule research procedures and visits
  • Facilitate research visits and assistance with data collection at study visits
  • Manage reimbursement for study subjects
  • Process samples and coordinate shipment or storage of research specimens
  • Preparation and submission of amendments, renewals, and other study documents
  • Facilitate study monitoring visits
  • Completion of Case Report Forms (CRFs)/eCRFs

Study Closeout

  • Coordination of study closeout visits
  • Verifying that studies meet IRB standards for study closure
  • Preparing and submitting IRB and other committee closure notification
  • Performing data resolution for data analysis
  • Facilitating research file and data storage



The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) is a not-for-profit, Internal Sales Organization (ISO). Our fees are rate-based and regulated by University of Minnesota Controller’s office.

Investigators or departments using SurgCTO services are charged hourly for work completed. The amount of time required for each task listed in the Services section varies from project to project. Please contact our office to discuss.

Limited pro bono support is available for junior investigators conducting investigator-initiated studies and for investigators who have received a department of surgery pilot grants.

Research Projects

The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) supports the research activities for the Surgery Division clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota. SurgCTO is currently conducting approximately 45 clinical trials in various phases of enrollment and follow-up with a mix of investigator-initiated, industry-sponsored, and government-sponsored trails.

There are active clinical research trials in the following divisions:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery 
  • Gastrointestinal/Bariatric Surgery
  • MN Consortium for Autonomic Neuromodulation
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Surgical Oncology



  • BAL Pilot Study - Pilot study for Tracking Graft Antigen-Specific CD4+ T-cells in Lung Transplant Recipients
  • Human Valve Tissue - Pilot Study for Collecting Human Cardiac Valve Specimens in Autoimmune Cardiac Valve Inflammation
  • TOP Registry - The Organ Care System (OCS) Lung Thoracic Organ Perfusion (TOP) Post Approval Study (PAS) Registry
  • ProAct-XAA prospective, randomized, active (warfarin) controlled, parallel-arm clinical trial to determine if patients with an On-X aortic valve can be maintained safely and effectively on the factor Xa inhibitor apixaban
  • HM3 SWIFTImplantation of the HeartMate 3 in Subjects with Heart Failure using Surgical Techniques Other Than Full Median Sternotomy
  • CentriMag FTW PASThe primary objective of this PAS is to report the proportion of patients surviving to 30 days post-CentriMag support or to hospital discharge, whichever is longer. For subjects who do not recover and are bridged to a heart transplant or a long-term assist device, the primary endpoint is survival to induction of anesthesia for the surgery.
  • OCS DCD Heart CAPThe Portable Organ Care System (OCS™) Heart For Resuscitation, Preservation, and Assessment of Hearts from Donors after Circulatory Death Continued Access Protocol (OCS DCD Heart CAP)

Colon & Rectal Surgery

  • Colospan - Efficacy, and Safety of the CG-100 Intraluminal Bypass Device in Colorectal and Coloanal Anastomoses


  • ADA - Bariatric Surgery and Adipose Inflammation Dysfunction and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hepatic Energy Fluxes - Hepatic Energy Fluxes in NASH and NAS Patients
  • VSG & NASH - Verticle Sleeve Gastrectomy and Lifestyle Modification for the Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
  • PrevisEA - A Minimal-Rick, Multi-Center, Prospective, Clinical Trial to Evaluate the PrevisEA Device for Predicting Gastrointestinal Impairment

MN Consortium for Autonomic Neuromodulation

  • TARGET BP I - Randomized, blinded, multi-center, international, sham-procedure controlled trial, comparing renal denervation performed with the Peregrine System Kit in the treatment group to the sham control group.

Solid Organ Transplant

  • Decision Aid: Preparing Liver Transplant Candidates for an Organ Offer Acceptance Decision
  • Donor Long-Term Follow Up
  • Patient Center Report Card
  • The Mission Study - Microbiome PK: Microbiome and Immunosuppression
  • HOPE Act - Observational Study of Solid Organ Transplantation Utilizing HIV-Positive Donors in HIV-Positive Recipients
  • HOPE in Action - Trial of HIV+ Deceased Donor Liver Transplants for HIV+ Recipients
  • KOAR - Evaluation of Patient Outcomes From the Kidney Allograft Outcomes AlloSure Registry
  • FREEDOM-1A randomized, controlled, multi-center, safety and efficacy study of FCR001 cell-based therapy relative to tacrolimus and mycophenolate-based regimen in de novo living donor renal transplant recipients, and safety in FCR001 donors.
  • MOTR - Use of dd-cfDNA in Multi-Organ Transplant Rejection Detection 

Surgical Oncology

  • NOLA (NeuWave Observational Liver Ablation) Registry

Humanitarian Use Device (HUD)

  • Enterra - HDE (Human Device Exemption) Enterra Therapy Gastric StimulationVascular