MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Data Coordinator - Surgical Oncology in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Research Data Coordinator position is to provide administrative and patient care services for the coordination of research studies.


Protocol Management

Performs overall coordination and organization of research projects that utilize biospecimens and/or clinical data. Reviews and interprets basic clinical data related to pathological diagnosis of patients suspected with Cancer. Completes data forms, treatment records, surgery, and pathology information. Applies research knowledge of protocol conduct in effective management of research protocols. Screens potential patients for eligibility, obtains informed consent, and registers patients.

Institutional Compliance

Conducts minimal risk studies according to FDA and ICH guidelines of Good Clinical Practice. Reviews patient eligibility of potential subject cases with the physicians and supervisor clinical studies and oversee recruitment of patients in minimal risk trials. Obtains, maintains, monitors, and ensures safety compliance for IRB required training and safety compliance for laboratory. Participates in fiscal activities related to clinical research. Ensures protocol and coverage analysis are compared and all expenses have been captured. Ensures Clinic Requisition Request is completed with appropriate Research Modifiers. Ensures appropriate charge tickets are completed, submitted and Patient Business Services is notified.


Collaborates with primary investigators in evaluation efficacy of accrual methods and implementation of alternative approaches. Facilitates and coordinates communication by acting as a liaison between several key players including physicians, investigators, supervisor clinical studies, nurses, technicians, and other personnel. Requires close collaboration with other departments to facilitate and achieve efficient and effective patient recruitment process.

Protocol Coordination

Effectively conducts assigned operations of research protocols by coordinating, evaluating, and following patient participation in minimal risk trials. Schedules patient tests and follow-up appointments. Organizes patient calendar of tests and follow-up visits and schedules appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests. Coordinates, collects, and tracks blood drawing and tissue collection, processing, and shipment/delivery of research specimens. Maintains tissue harvests and preserves fresh biological specimen collected from surgical procedures. Walks constantly from different buildings within institution for biological sample collection including tissue and blood and delivery of all samples to laboratory for processing.

Data Management

Demonstrates competence in key aspects of data collection and data entry incorporating institutional guidelines. Maintains comprehensive/accurate patient records. Retrieves study data by reading patient record and outside documentation and/or by verbally interviewing patients in face-to-face encounters or by telephone. Reconciles and organizes data for timely reports on human specimens procured. Develops and maintains automated processing/tracking system for protocol-related paperwork. Develops system for recruiting patients, obtaining patient data, and ensuring the transfer of information to contracting agencies confidentially. Assists supervisor clinical studies as needed.


Minimum: $33,200 – Midpoint: $41,500 – Maximum: $49,800


Required: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred: Bachelor's degree.


Required: Two years of related experience. May substitute required experience with completed years of college on a one to one basis.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 33,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 41,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 49,800