June 16th, 2020

We have enjoyed introducing you to OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) team members over the last several months.

The work our staff does on a daily basis is what moves research forward and ultimately improves patient care.

We are grateful for their hard work and we are excited for you to get to know the people that run this research institute. Find more OCRI Team Spotlight profiles, here. Now, this week we’d like to introduce you to OCRI’s Foot and Ankle Registry Assistant…

Meet Coralis Vega!

Q: So, Coralis, what do you do at OCRI?

A: As a registry assistant, I specifically work with OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute physicians and their research registry database. My job is to make sure all of the necessary data gets where it needs to go to move our research projects forward.

I was hired to be a coordinator for a Sponsor-Initiated Study for Wright Medical. In partnership with Wright Medical, OCRI is collecting information and facilitating research retrospectively and prospectively. That means we are looking at previous operations as well as looking at the progress of new surgeries as they are happening in OrthoCarolina clinics to study surgical outcomes. By collecting data for these studies,  we can help improve the quality of life for patients after surgery.

Q: How long have you been at OCRI? 

A: I’ve been at OCRI for about 10 months. I started with OrthoCarolina as a Patient Services Specialist at the Hip & Knee center to get my foot in the door. Eventually, moved over to OCRI while I’m getting my Master’s Degree.

Q: Tell us about your hobbies! What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

A: Reading, DIY projects, exploring Charlotte, staying involved in my church, and attending sporting events and concerts with my fiancee

Q: What’s something you’re currently working on that particularly excites or interests you?

A: While I love the prospective study I’m currently working on, the retrospective study has been really interesting to be a part of.  Through chart reviews and conversations with the physicians, I have the opportunity to learn about all of the different procedures that are done on within the foot and ankle subspecialty.