About Chesapeake Urology Research Associates

About Us

Chesapeake Urology Research Associates (CURA) is a subsidiary of Chesapeake Urology Associates. Our investigators bring extensive experience and knowledge to our clinical trials and to your treatment. Patient safety is our primary concern. All clinical trials are conducted according to the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCPs) as mandated by the FDA. We pledge to closely monitor your health throughout the study and provide prompt, personal care.

Our Medical Director, Ronald Tutrone, M.D., F.A.C.S., has conducted more than 100 phase I, II and III clinical trials covering a broad range of urological conditions. 

Our staff consists of experienced Principal Investigators and Certified Clinical Research Coordinators who are dedicated to patient care. Through our clinical trials, patients can access advanced technology and therapies before they are readily available to the general public.

We currently have several clinical trials open for women's urologic health conditions. Click here to learn more about our open women's health trials.

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Meet Our Staff

Medical Director

Ron Tutrone MDRonald F. Tutrone, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., CPI

Dr. Tutrone is the Medical Director of Chesapeake Urology Research Associates (CURA) and Chief of Urology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He has been voted a "Top Doc" by Baltimore magazine three times and has authored numerous articles in the urology literature.  He has been principal investigator in more than 100 clinical trials and is chairman of the William E. Kalhert Endowment for Urological Research. Dr. Tutrone's clinical interests include treatment of urologic malignancies including kidney, bladder and prostate; laparoscopic treatment of renal and adrenal tumors; kidney stone treatment; urinary incontinence in men and women; and prostate disorders. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Prinicipal Investigators 

Kaiser RobertsonKaiser J. Robertson, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Robertson serves as Chief of Urology at Harbor Hospital Center and is involved with the education of urology residents at Harbor Hospital Center and Baltimore Washington Medical Center. His special interests include urinary incontinence and pelvic reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive management of prostate enlargement, renal and prostate cryotherapy for cancer, and laparoscopic renal surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Robertson oversees all clinical trials at the Glen Burnie office:

806 Landmark Dr., Suite 118
Glen Burnie, MD 21061


Andrew Shapiro

Andrew M. Shapiro, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Shapiro is the Director of the Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction of Chesapeake Urology. He specializes in the diagnosis and management of urinary incontinence in men and women, pelvic prolapse, voiding dysfunction and neurourology. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Shapiro oversees clinical trials at the Continence Center located at:

21 Crossroads Dr., Suite 220
Owings Mills, MD 21117


CURA Clinical Research Staff  

Heather Thomas - CURAHeather Thomas, CCRC

Director of Clinical Research - GBMC Office

Heather's career in the field of Urology spans 15+ years. In 1995, Heather assisted Ronald Tutrone, MD in establishing this research division. Her research experience ranges from clinical to administrative. Heather is a certified research professional through the ACRP. Passion for patient care and quality research remain her primary focus for the research division of Chesapeake Urology. Email:hthomas@cua.md


Virginia Michaels- CURAVirginia Michaels, CCRC

Research Administrator

Virginia has been conducting clinical research since 2005 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and joined the CURA team in 2008. In 2010, she received her certification from the ACRP as a research professional. Virginia is committed to conducting high quality research and assisting the physicians in their care of patients. Email: vmichaels@cua.md


Rebecca Arca- CURARebecca Acra, B.S., CRA

GBMC office - QA/Regulatory

Rebecca has been involved in various therapeutic areas of clinical research since 2005 and joined the CURA team in 2012. Rebecca provides public assurance that the rights, safety and well-being of trial subjects are protected and assists in ensuring the high standard of care that CURA provides. Email:racra@cua.md


Barbara Banchero- CURABarbara Banchero, CCRC

Owings Mills, Continence Center and Prostate Center

Bobbi has been conducting clinical research since 2005 at the University of Maryland and Anne Arundel Medical Center. She joined the CURA team in 2012. Bobbi is dedicated to working in research and is passionate about the significant improvements to the quality of life that research can bring. Email: bbanchero@cua.md