Dr. Karshenas is the Associate Vice President of Clinical Research Operations and Institutional Advancements, Associate VP of Global Engagements (GEO), and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Systems and Compliance in the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University (WVU.) Dr. Karshenas came to WVU from Abbott Laboratories where he functioned as the Senior Global Director of Clinical and Patient Support Services and the Privacy Officer.
Dr. Karshenas received his doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Laboratory Medicine with emphasis in infectious diseases and his internship in Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine and Post-doctorate in clinical virology.
Dr. Karshenas has over 25 years of diverse clinical, pharmaceutical, and medical devices expertise in regulated industries with highly specialized leadership skills in technology and innovation development. In his 25 years of industry careers, he has led large and complex global organizations such as STARS (Start-ups, Turn-around, Realignments, and Sustaining Success). Dr. Karshenas has functioned in senior executive roles at Roche, Becton Dickenson, Quest Labs, Thermo Fisher, Siemens, Kindle International, Amerinet, and Abbott Laboratories. He is a Six-Sigma Black Belt professional with certifications in Lean-Sigma operations.
In his last 10 years of tenure at West Virginia University Health Sciences, he has led the development and expansion of clinical and commercial research and has been responsible for the creation of inside-out and Outside-in Innovation portals. Since his tenure at WVU, he has led dozens of clinical research studies and launched numerous innovation projects. Dr. Karshenas is a faculty in the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.