About Us

What sets us apart?

There are many local physicians who collaborate with Clinical Research Associates in Nashville, Tennessee. These doctors have all been in private practice with multiple hospital affiliations. Each physician is board-certified in his/her area of therapeutic expertise.

At Clinical Research Associates, our clinical study coordinators are registered nurses and/or dietitians. These highly experienced professionals care about patients and education. They continually received updated training in:

    • their specific therapeutic area,
    • general care,
    • information related to a specific study, and
    • regulatory guidelines.

Our Leadership Team

Stephan C. Sharp, Medical Director
Dr. Sharp, board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and hypertension, has been affiliated with Clinical Research Associates since 1996. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed an endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharp serves as a consultant to multiple pharmaceutical sponsors and professional societies where he is a frequently requested guest lecturer.

Linda Moore Schipani, RN, MSN - President and CEO
Clinical Research Associates was founded under Ms. Schipani's direction in 1990 following her lengthy career in family and research medicine in the Metropolitan Nashville area. She has successfully supervised and conducted numerous research programs across a wide variety of therapeutic indications. Ms. Schipani also serves as a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations.