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Clinical studies and research

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study involving human volunteers in an effort to answer specific health questions. All trials are carefully conducted and are the safest and fastest way to find effective treatments and new ways to improve health.

Clinical studies are performed to establish evidence-based medicine, and many of the standard treatments and therapies used today are possible due to this research.

Clinical research at our hospital

The Mercy Research Institute is a vital component of HCA Florida Mercy Hospital's strategic vision for the future. The Mercy Research Institute provides the infrastructure for physicians and the community to participate in ground-breaking clinical trials, research and medical innovations. Working with our hospital's medical staff, nationally recognized physicians, and pharmaceutical companies, the Mercy Research Institute provides a variety of clinical trial opportunities to the community. To receive the most up-to-date information and access to screening for appropriate trials, please contact our clinical research department.

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Clinical studies and research

Providing investigational drugs and new treatment modalities to patients is an important part of improving the health and quality of life for people who entrust their health to the providers at HCA Florida Mercy Hospital. Thus, Mercy Research Institute participates in a variety of clinical research in cardiology, diabetes, infectious disease, oncology, rheumatology, oncology and many other therapeutic areas. Mercy Research Institute is proud to provide this service to its patients and the community.

Patients have become increasingly proactive in the decision-making process of their healthcare by seeking balanced and reliable sources of information regarding treatment options available in clinical trials. Through the Mercy Research Institute, HCA Florida Mercy Hospital is committed to providing the patient community with the knowledge necessary to make an educated and informed decision on participating in clinical research.

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital is also affiliated with the Western Institutional Review Board, Inc. (WESTERN IRB), which is registered with the federal government and provides review and approval of clinical studies performed at our hospital.

Current cancer clinical trials

WIRB# 20150312

Study title: A Prospective, Multi-Center Study of the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System for the Treatment of Impending and Actual Pathological Fractures in the Humerus from Metastatic Bone Disease

The purpose of this research study is to test the use of the experimental IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System in patients who require surgical stabilization of their upper arm fracture due to cancer that has spread to the bone.

PI: Dr. H. Thomas Temple

Clinical Research Specialist: Jose A. Quesada, CCRP


HCA Florida Mercy Hospital
Mercy Research Institute

(305) 854-4400, ext. 2495

Cancer clinical trial

The purpose of this research study is to gather information to determine if patients with cancer who are offered nutritional support by a registered dietician maintain their body weight better than patients provided standard of care nutritional support by their physician and nursing staff.

PI: Dr. Hansra, Damian

Clinical Research Specialist: Caterine Diaz, RN


HCA Florida Mercy Hospital
Mercy Research Institute

(305) 285-2795