Karen Kharasch

Karen Kharasch

Director, Research Strategy and Operations, Duke Cancer Institute at Duke University

Karen Kharasch is a Senior Executive with over 34 years in Executive Director and Business Operations roles leading several departments and centers of matrix academic organizations. Her career has spanned the transformation General Clinical Research Centers (GCRC) to the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) and Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCSG). Her experience is in strategic planning, sophisticated and complex research enterprises, business development, and operational management.  Karen has substantial experience in transforming businesses while driving operational excellence through the development and implementation of performance driven, strategic and systematic processes.

Over the years, she has had the opportunity to partner with multitudes of clinicians, scientists and administrators at several academic institutions across the country.  She most recently served as the Executive Director at Siteman Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis, where she led the cancer center support grant, research education and review committees (protocol, QA/Monitoring and philanthropy allocations), clinical research units in surgery and radiation oncology, shared resources operations, accounts receivable and payable.

Ms. Kharasch was the Business Director Research Development & Operations at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, and Business Director for the Clinical and Translational Science Award, Department of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Ms. Kharasch has held Board positions for National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the Wild Bird Sanctuary. She has worked actively for the United Way St. Louis, holding a position on the Funding Allotment committee.

She was chosen for a nine-month Leadership St. Louis program. This program educates leaders in the community. Graduates of the program include CEOs and senior level executives, entrepreneurs, elected officials, educators, attorneys, nonprofit directors and public servants. The common ground under this wide array of participants is a deep and active commitment to community improvement.

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