Meet Our Team of CTRI Experts


Clinical & Translational Research Team Members

Patricia Ames, PhD, CCRC

(602) 674-1436

Dr. Patricia Ames oversees the operational and logistical tasks of research efforts for all Abrazo Community Health Network facilities. As Director, Dr. Ames:

  • Determines what services researchers across the health system need beyond what Abrazo Community Health Network CTRI currently offers
  • Finds opportunities to increase the research marketing efforts
  • Raises awareness and provides greater access to research for all Abrazo Community Health Network patients in the region

Dr. Ames has more than 20 years of experience in the field of clinical research. She most recently served as the director of clinical research for Aptium Oncology, Inc. in Culver City, CA. Prior to that role, Dr. Ames served as the operations manager of the clinical trials office at the Los Angeles Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases.


  • Dr. Ames served as the director of clinical research education at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Tennessee
  • Her work has included research at several of the top hospitals and cancer institutes in the United States
  • She has knowledge and expertise in numerous field-related abstracts, publications and speaking events
  • Dr. Ames holds a master’s degree in Public Administration – Health Care and is a certified clinical research coordinator through ACRP
  • Dr. Ames holds a PhD in Public Health – Epidemiology from Walden University

Ann Becker

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
(602) 674-6758

Ann Becker works with the study sponsor throughout its duration. She has been in the research field for 18 years and is responsible for:

  • Completion of the feasibility questionnaire
  • Conducting the pre-study qualification visit
  • Site submission to the IRB
  • Contract coordination
  • Study maintenance
  • Final close out of the study

Thomas Osgood, Jr, CCRP

Clinical Research Coordinator
(602) 604-5021

Thomas specializes in carotid studies and wound healing. He has experience in drug and device trials, and he has devoted himself to the research field for over 13 years.

Marelene Muller, MHA, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator
(602) 604-5211

Mare specializes in cardiovascular and wound care. She has experience in drug and device trials, and has been in the research field for ​more than 20 years. 

Penny Carrel, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator
(602) 573-4049

Penny specializes in interventional cardiology at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. She has more than 13 years’ experience in the research field.

Jeannette Hollander

Contract and Budget Analyst
(602) 674-1453

Jeannette works with the study sponsors through its duration specifically focused on contracts and budgets.  She has been in the healthcare field for 20 years focused on compliance, contract administration and project management. 

Virginia Ramirez, MPH

CC-Cord Blood Consenter
(602) 246-5698
(602) 246-5507 (fax)

Virginia Ramirez leads umbilical cord blood collection at Abrazo Central Campus.

​Elizabeth Russo, RN, BSN, CCRP

Clinical Research Nurse
(602) 889-4172

Liz Russo has been in clinical research for 17 years specializing in Phase II-IV drug and device trials for Endocrinology, Neuroscience and Cardiovascular studies with focus on TAVR, vascular stents and EP trials.