Clinical Trials Staff

Ashley Byrne, ACRP-CP

Ashley ByrnePosition

Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact

email: aeb6q@virginia.edu

Divisions

Pediatrics, Trauma

Bio

Ashley started her career as a Research Assistant (RA) in the Drabick Lab at Temple University while studying for her Bachelor’s degree. She worked on various studies within Developmental Psychopathology under Dr. Deborah Drabick, and eventually she was promoted to coordinate a study on an Intermittent Explosive Disorder study partnered with the Mechanisms of Affect Dysregulation Clinical Research Laboratory (MADLAB). Ashley soon graduated with a B.A. in Psychology minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience, and continued her research career as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Pediatric Hepatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Next, she held a position as a Regulatory Coordinator at Temple Fox Chase Cancer Center. After missing the patient interaction she decided to join our team. Currently she is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Division of Pediatrics & the Division of Trauma within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UVA. She holds interest in the field due to her personal experience receiving an orthopaedic surgery after a skiing accident. Ashley’s coordination & regulatory management areas of expertise include retrospective & prospective database studies, biorepository studies, & clinical trials.

Lizzie Leitch, MEd, ATC

Photo of Lizzie Leitch, Clinical Research Coordinator, UVA Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Position

Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact

email: EBL7NU@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

Divisions

Sports Medicine

Bio

Lizzie serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Division. Lizzie completed her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with double minors in Creative Writing and Composition, Rhetoric and Digital Literacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 prior to receiving her Master’s from the University of Virginia in 2015. Also a licensed Athletic Trainer, Lizzie has worked clinically with athletes in high school, collegiate and professional sports and will continue her clinical work at UVA in the Sports Medicine clinic in addition to her role in research.

Eric McVey, MEd

UVA Department of Orthopaedics photo of Eric McVey, MEd, Clinical Trials Manager & Clinical Research CoordinatorPosition

Clinical Trials Manager / Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact

email: edm9u@Virginia.EDU

Divisions

Adult Reconstruction

Bio

Eric graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in Athletic Training before completing his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia.  He worked as the Clinical Manager at Partnership Fabrication Systems before joining the University of Virginia’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a clinical research coordinator in February 2016.  Currently, he works primarily with the Adult Reconstruction Division and helps oversee the day to day activities of the Clinical Trials Division.

Kaitlyn Shank, MEd, ATC, CCRP

ShankKaitlyn-emailPosition

Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact

email: kcg4hf@Virginia.EDU

Divisions

Sports Medicine

Bio

Kaitlyn graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2014. She pursued her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia, obtaining her degree in 2015. She previously worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the collegiate level before coming back to work at UVA in 2016. She obtained her SOCRA Clinical Research Professional Certification in 2018. She has extensive experience working as a clinical research coordinator on a variety of levels of clinical trials including Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV FDA regulated clinical trials, NIH and DOD funded clinical trials, as well as investigator initiated trials.

In August 2020, Kaitlyn expanded her role and joined the UVA Sports Medicine Clinic as a Certified Athletic Trainer. In this role, she works clinically under the direction of orthopaedic surgeons to evaluate and treat orthopaedic conditions of the knee, hip, and shoulder. She also assists with clinical operations in conjunction with nurses and other clinic support staff.

Kaitlyn’s combination of working both as an Athletic Trainer and a Clinical Research Coordinator allows the Sports Medicine Division to provide patient centered care both clinically and in clinical research.

Grace Rovenolt, BA

Position

Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact

email: GER3AY@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

Divisions

Spine, Hand

Bio

Grace is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Spine and Hand Divisions. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with BA in Biology and Art History. She began working in research as an undergraduate in the UVA Cognitive Aging Lab. After graduation, Grace worked in Department of Neurology at Yale University as a research associate coordinating traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke, and hemorrhagic stroke clinical trials. She joined the UVA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to coordinate clinical trials concerning spine surgery, minimally invasive spine interventions, and hand surgery. Grace is also an active volunteer Emergency Medical Technician which informs her interests in emergency medicine, orthopaedic injuries, and research.