About Clinical Research Associates

Clinical Research Associates is a Nashville-based multi-specialty research firm that has conducted many clinical trials during its 30-year history, including those for vaccines for influenza, shingles, Ebola, and pneumonia. In total, the firm has conducted more than 650 clinical trials and contributed to FDA approval of more than 150 medicines. Sign up for one of our research studies here

CRA was founded by Linda Moore Schipani, RN, MSN, in 1990. Prior to founding Clinical Research, Schipani had a 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. Schipani also serves as a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations. In 2013, Schipani was nominated for the Nashville Business Journal’s 2013 Women of Influence. Forbes Magazine profiled Schipani and Clinical Research Associates and its 20+ year history of “bringing medical breakthroughs to market.

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.

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.