April 15th, 2020

Every few weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from an OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) team member. 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 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 another invaluable research coordinator…

Meet Justin Norwood, the Foot and Ankle Clinical Research Coordinator.

Justin NorwoodQ: So Justin, what do you do at OCRI?

A: I work primarily with foot and ankle investigator initiated research studies. This kind of research helps explain how we can better treat our patients resulting in better outcomes, ultimately, making lives better!

Q: How long have you been with OCRI?

A: I’ve been at OCRI for a little over 8 months. I started with OrthoCarolina in their call center a few months earlier to get my foot in the door, waiting for a coordinator position to open at OCRI.

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

A: An early weight bearing study for patients with traumatic ankle fractures is an exciting study for me personally. I actually experienced one of the eligible traumatic ankle fractures and surgery in college while playing ultimate frisbee. My injury allow me to be more empathetic with the patients and their circumstance because I know what they are going through. Crutches are the worst!

Q: What do you do for fun outside of work? 

A: Disc golf! I play tournaments on the weekends.