Clinical Trials Team
Sharon Weiser RN, BSN
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Sharon earned her Associate’s Degree of Nursing from LSU School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Loyola University, New Orleans. She has 29 years nursing experience involving direct patient care and management in various areas including: Endoscopy, ENT, Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Outpatient Infusion Services. For the past 12 years, she has managed the nursing care, overseeing 33 team members, in the Endoscopy Unit, Infusion/Chemotherapy Services and the Dental Clinic, at University Hospital in New Orleans.
David Whaley, JD
Background: Since 2002, David Whaley has worked as the Coordinator for Clinical Trials and Contracts at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. He performs contract negotiations, develops budgets, and completes a Medicare Coverage Analysis for all pharmaceutical and Cooperative group trials. David works with the clinical staff to ensure thorough completion of materials for the submission of federal and industry subcontracts. David provides his expertise to the HIV Cancer Care Program working to ensure all parties, including patients, benefit from clinical trials. He spearheaded an informational campaign to ensure adherence to federal guidelines for clinical trial development and contracts. David is also responsible for negotiating a mutually beneficial contract between Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and Greenphire Inc. to adopt the use of Clin Cards, a debit card system, for patient reimbursements and stipends. As a result of improved efficiency and increased enrollments other departments within LSUHSC have begun using Greenphire Clin Cards. Prior to his work with the Cancer Center, he worked for Physician Management Group, a healthcare management and consulting company, where he was involved in managed care negotiation, physician practice start-up, practice management and worked to implement compliance plans for hospitals and physician practices. A 1990 graduate of the L.Q.C. Lamar School of Law at the University of Mississippi and alumni of Louisiana State University, Mr. Whaley draws on a broad base of knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and academic medical operations to ensure smooth operation of the clinical research enterprise at the cancer center.
Karlie Plaisance-Bonstaff, PhD
Background: Karlie obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from LSU Baton Rouge in Biological Sciences. She then joined the IDP Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Florida where she obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. Her research focused on Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), which is the etiologic agent for several human cancers associated with HIV including Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). In 2013, Karlie joined Dr. Parsons’ lab as a post-doctoral researcher continuing her research focus on KSHV and its associated cancers and in 2015, she established the HIV Cancer Biorepository.
Olivia Edwards, BA
Background: Olivia received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Swarthmore College in 2014. For the next couple of years, they lived in the Northeast and worked as a general practice veterinary technician in small animal medicine. In 2016, they moved to New Orleans for a change of pace. They joined Dr. Hagensee’s team in February 2017 as a Clinical Trials Coordinator and are enjoying the opportunity to work at the forefront of HIV-HPV research. They are passionate about increasing patient health literacy and patient empowerment, as well as working with LGBTQIA patient populations. Please bear in mind that they use gender neutral pronouns (they/them).