Clinical Research Manager - Marie-Claire Fickenscher, A.S., C.C.R.P.
Marie-Claire began working for Hoag Orthopedics in early 2017 as a Clinical
Research Coordinator. Prior to joining Hoag Orthopedics, Marie-Claire
worked at an Independent Review Board (IRB) for six years where she helped
protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in clinical
research. Throughout her time working at an IRB, Marie-Claire worked with
major sponsors, ranging from large pharmaceutical corporations and device
manufactures to small and growing biotechnology companies, as well as
many industry leading contract research organizations (CROs). During this
time, Marie-Claire gained a deep knowledge of all stages of clinical trials
and mastered FDA regulations pertaining to clinical research.
Since joining Hoag Orthopedics, Marie-Claire has helped grow the research
program by sharing her extensive IRB and regulatory knowledge to strengthen
the research integrity. Marie-Claire has been integral in drafting orthopedic
protocols and consent forms. She has begun managing multiple projects
and administers informed consent and study questionnaires to these patients
at numerous clinics. Marie-Claire enjoys working in clinical research
as it plays a vital part in advancing healthcare and finding ways to help
people live longer and more robust lives.
Marie-Claire received an Associate of Science degree in 2004 from Perimeter
College at Georgia State University. Before finding her love of research,
Marie-Claire had eight years’ experience in customer service and
office management. Outside of Hoag Orthopedics, Marie-Claire enjoys beating
her husband at board games, bicycling local greenways, reading, and playing
with her goldendoodle, Lucy.
Clinical Research Coordinator - Edward (Teddy) James Quilligan, B.S.
Teddy began working for Hoag Orthopedics in late 2016 as a research coordinator.
Teddy has always had enthusiasm for the study of orthopedics and medical
devices in general. He received his degree in Biomedical Research from
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has participated
in several medical device engineering projects and has always had a passion
for research. His experience includes collaborating on start up products
for endocrinology, orthopedic surgeons, and vascular surgeons.
Since joining Hoag Orthopedics, Teddy has helped to facilitate the ongoing
of several projects. His focus is on spine surgery studies. He has helped
in various studies that will progress orthopedic patient outcomes such
as preserving spine alignment goals for post spine surgery patients.
Outside of Hoag Orthopedics, Teddy enjoys going to live concerts, surfing,
camping and recording music.
Clinical Research Assistant - Kasie Conners-Prietto, B.A.
Kasie joined the Hoag Orthopedics team as a Clinical Research Assistant
in July of 2018, where she participates in several projects focusing on
data collection and aggregation. Kasie discovered her passion for research
while studying at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kasie participated in several research studies while attending UC Berkeley
- most notably as part of a research team tasked with interpreting the
implications of early California colonialism on Native American communities
through archaeological analysis. Another project Kasie took part in involved
excavating 2,000 year old human remains from historical locations in Menorca, Spain.
Kasie received her B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Osteology and
Skeletal Morphology, and now plans to continue to build her knowledge
of research and anatomy at Hoag Orthopedics.
Outside of Hoag Orthopedics, Kasie enjoys sunsets, spending time with friends
and family, and going to the beach with her dog, Magic.
Clinical Data Coordinator - Noemi Urquiza, B.A.
Noemi began working at Hoag Orthopedics at the start of 2018. As a Clinical
Data Coordinator, she is responsible gathering data from source documents,
entering data, and supporting research activities across the three research
Noemi graduated in 2017 from Harvard College with a B.A. in Neurobiology;
Mind, Brain, and Behavior Track. While completing her degree, Noemi worked
as a student researcher on visual event-related potential data analysis
in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratories at Boston Children’s
Hospital. Noemi was the recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Harvard College
Research Program grant.
She is deciding on a career in academia or medicine before applying to
graduate or medical school. She is eager to learn more about clinical
research and orthopedics. Noemi has been practicing martial arts since
she was five and in her spare time likes to compete in tournaments. She
also enjoys running, searching for the best cheap eats in Orange County,
playing violin covers of video game music, and volunteering in the local