Sarah Cannon Research Institute

The future of cancer treatment is here in Kansas City

Through the launch of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute program at HCA Midwest Health, those facing cancer now have greater access to the latest therapies through clinical trial options in the Kansas City region.

Clinical Trials

200+ unique agents in trial each year through affiliations with 275+ physicians across its network, Sarah Cannon enrolls more than 3,000 cancer patients to studies annually. Over the last decade, Sarah Cannon has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies. Together, Sarah Cannon and HCA Midwest Health are ensuring patients in our communities have convenient access to cutting-edge treatments.

With a wide-range of investigators that include community-based medical oncologists, hematologist, gynecologic oncologists, and neuro oncologist, the Sarah Cannon research program at HCA Midwest Health has the capabilities and experience to conduct a variety of clinical trials. The research program is supported and complemented by our entire HCA Midwest Health system.

With a shared focus on clinical excellence and cutting-edge research, Sarah Cannon and HCA Midwest Health are transforming the standard of cancer care for patients throughout the region.

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HCA Midwest Health Clinical Research Program

Clinical Research Program

The HCA Midwest Health Clinical Research Program was initially established in 2008 for the purpose of patient care support through availability of clinical trials in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Clinical trials are conducted by well-trained institutional affiliated researchers. The program provides exceptional service at Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

The clinical research studies conducted by the principal investigator are reviewed by a Central Institutional Review Board (IRB) through an agreement with HCA Midwest Health system. The accredited IRB provides independent oversight with the objective of protecting subjects involved in research as required by:

  • The Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research,
  • Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, and
  • The Common Rules 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 56

According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) a clinical trial may provide the best treatment option for a particular type of cancer. The Clinical Research Program supports excellence in patient care by offering the most advanced therapeutic options through clinical trials. These are available through the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, and various pharmaceutical and CRO partners.

For a complete list of open Studies:

Clinical Trials

  • NCI affiliated hospital with capacity of in/out patient protocol setting
  • Trained pharmacist for drug accountability
  • Board certified medical oncologists
  • Board certified radiation oncologists
  • Accredited Comprehensive Cancer Center through ACoS
  • Accredited Breast Cancer Center through NAPBC
  • Level I Trauma and Stroke Designation through TJC
  • Accredited Cardiology Center
  • Archiving/storage capacity for source documentation
  • eMAR system for medical record and easy audit review.
  • Local IRB for initial submission, continuing review, and protocol amendments.
  • Capacity to incorporate study specific needs (i.e. special inspection/equipment/resources)

Please refer to for detail understanding and FAQ regarding taking part in the Clinical Research.

Institutional Review Board
The Clinical Research Program has access to the local Institutional Review Board (IRB). For initial and continuing review, the IRB meets and reviews protocols every third Wednesday of the month. Deadlines for submissions are within 2 weeks of IRB meeting. The IRB review is able to run concurrently with budget/contract negotiations on new protocols. There is a one-time, non-refundable fee and paid as a pass-through within the study budget.

Our office has a dedicated full time Regulatory Specialist with access to electronic IRB submission. The turn-around time for most regulatory documents in the study start up is 4-6 weeks.

The budget and contract negotiation occurs concurrently with regulatory documents and IRB submission. There is a dedicated Financial Specialist for point of contact from study initiation through to contract execution. The turn-around time for budget/contracts is approximately 6 weeks or less.

The Clinical Research Staff consists of the following disciplines:

  • Hematology/Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Neurologist
  • Pharmacists

Susan Johnson
Div. Director, Clinical Research
Email: Susan Johnson
Phone: (816)-276-4626