Research Data Specialist - GI Oncology

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Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Clinical Research

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Remote: occasional time on campus


The Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Clinical Research Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is seeking a Research Data Specialist to join our program. The GI Oncology Clinical Research Program supports PI initiated, industry sponsored, and cooperative group phase I - IV clinical trials across multiple GI cancers, including esophageal, stomach, liver, pancreas, colon, and neuroendocrine tumors. The Research Data Specialists will support the clinical research program in the areas of data collection, computing, and database organization. Duties include the examination, synthesis, and evaluation of medical records; the abstraction and recording of pertinent medical information; and the monitoring of patient status. The Clinical Data Specialist will be responsible for the collection, management, and quality assurance review of patient clinical data.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


  • Maintaining on-going communications with physicians and staff for data collection needs.
  • Reviewing and abstracting the medical records for patients. Entering the clinical data into the electronic data system.
  • Accessing patient demographic and clinical information from the clinical systems. Entering information into the database.
  • Reviewing data for quality and completeness and making updates as needed.
  • Assist principal investigators and staff in the creation of data reports for quality assurance measures.
  • Coordinates the collection, processing, organization, and storage of biological specimens.
  • May be responsible for IRB and regulatory submissions and maintenance of regulatory files.
  • Support the clinical programs with outcomes data collection, reporting, analysis and audits.
  • Ensures timely reporting to internal and external outcomes data repositories, including national repositories when required by regulatory requirements and U.S. law
  • Ensure case management documentation in patient medical records and other information management systems as assigned to support clinical program clinical care.
  • Perform QA and QC procedures to ensure optimal data reporting as assigned
  • Develop knowledge of specialized data sources specific to outcomes data reporting, including routine reaching out to offsite providers to obtain information from medical records at outside sites of care


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience working in a medical or scientific research setting or comparable technology orientated business environment preferred.


  • Excellent organizational and communication skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts.
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to follow-through.
  • Ability to effectively manage time and prioritize workload.
  • Must practice discretion and adhere to institutional confidentiality guidelines at all times.
  • Must have computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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