Scope of Things

Colleen Purcell Tenan on Providing Patients With Clinical Research Care Options

December 5, 2023


Can clinical trials be a helpful treatment option for patients? In this episode of The Scope of Things, host Deborah Borfitz speaks with Colleen Purcell Tenan, MD, Medical Director at Javara, about providing clinical research as a care option for patients. Tenan talks about the benefits of receiving clinical research care from one’s own physician, Javara’s process of matching patients with the right healthcare system for clinical trials, and how Javara supports providers who haven’t done sponsor research before. She also shares her thoughts on where decentralized trial components best fit in clinical studies in a post-pandemic world and using remote technologies for convenient medical care and research.

Colleen Purcell Tenan, MD, Medical Director, Javara
Colleen Purcell Tenan, MD is a board-certified internal and obesity medicine physician with a deep passion and extensive background in healthcare operations and economics. Colleen holds 6 years of diverse experience working in internal medicine and has previously served as a provider in the Medicare program. Prior to joining Javara, she served as an internal medicine physician at Westmed Medical Group in New York, followed most recently by her role as a physician advisor with SUMMUS, the leading virtual specialty care platform.

Colleen’s career began in 2008 as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where she analyzed the financial transactions of a wide variety of healthcare organizations. Following Morgan Stanley, she served as a clinical research coordinator for two years with the lung cancer research program at UCLA Health. Equipped with a unique combination of healthcare knowledge and clinical research experience, Colleen went on to obtain a medical degree from NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Colleen is board-certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Prior to earning her medical degree, she received her BA in Economics from Yale University.