Office of Research Services

The Office of Research Services provides a centralized, comprehensive, service-driven infrastructure that is the foundation for research growth at Saint Luke’s. We offer a wide array of resources and services to help investigators identify and access the information necessary to support their research and team members.

Research at Saint Luke's

Saint Luke’s is committed to conducting research activities in a responsible and ethical manner with a primary focus on transparency, accuracy, objectivity, and the protection of human participants. All research will be conducted in a manner that is compliant with applicable laws and regulations. The Office of Research Services is here to assist Saint Luke’s researchers to ensure compliance. Learn more about research at Saint Luke's.

Prior to engaging in any research-related activities, Saint Luke’s requires all proposed research be submitted to the Office of Research Services. Use the Research/QI form below to get started.


Research resources

The Office of Research Services supports Saint Luke’s affiliated researchers with the following services:

  • IRB submission and regulatory support: Assist with the preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions, protocol amendments, essential documents, continuing reviews, study completion, safety reports, and more.
  • Contract management: Help with budget development, contract routing, and negotiating.
  • Study finance management: Provide fiscal administration support including invoicing and fiscal reconciliation through study closure.
  • Staff and facilities: Facilitate clinical research coordinators and facilities.

Additional resources are available as needed, including:

  • Biostatistics services: Consult on study design, objectives, methods, and sample size. Provide statistical assistance, data collection planning, and data management.
  • REDCap: Provide secure web-based data collection tool for studies, surveys, and questionnaires. Facilitate full project development or provide consult on building your own project.
  • Follow-up call center: Offer phone services to build rapport with patients and study participants and collect their health information.
  • Graphic support: Consult on graphic design for projects, publications, and presentations.

Request research services

To request assistance from the Office of Research Services, complete the Research/QI form.

Questions? Email



Mikhail Kosiborod, MD, FACC, FAHA – Vice President of Research

Dr. Mikhail Kosiborod is a cardiologist, the Vice President of Research at Saint Luke’s Health System, Executive Director of the Cardiometabolic Center Alliance, Director of Cardiometabolic Research and Co-Director of the Haverty Cardiometabolic Center of Excellence at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the inaugural recipient of the Ben McCallister, MD Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research at Saint Luke’s Health System.

Dr. Kosiborod received training in clinical research, epidemiology and health policy through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, as well as clinical training in cardiovascular medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kosiborod is an internationally recognized expert in cardiometabolic medicine.

Dr. Kosiborod has authored and co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, including scientific statements and position documents. Dr. Kosiborod is involved in the leadership of multiple clinical trials and multi-center registries.

Donna Buchanan, PhD – Director of Research

Dr. Donna Buchanan is the Director of Research for Saint Luke’s Health System and is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She works in close partnership with the Vice President of Research in promoting Saint Luke’s research mission and expanding research opportunities. She plans, coordinates, and implements initiatives aimed to meet objectives of the SLHS research strategic plan.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Buchanan worked as a Researcher/Manager (2005-2017) and Director (2017-2018) with the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group at Saint Luke’s Hospital. She has made important contributions to the development and analysis of national data registries in the areas of behavioral health and cardiology. As a psychologist, she has conducted research examining the association of psychosocial and behavioral characteristics with heart disease and outcomes.