Gretchen Upton is QA/RA/Clinical Research professional with over fifteen years’ experience in clinical research trials and medical device development while employed at Menninger Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, BioMedical Enterprises (DePuy Synthes) and Dascena. Gretchen’s responsibilities included creating and maintaining quality systems, managing clinical trials and gaining clearance for novel device applications in various divisions (orthopedic, software decision support).
Gretchen contributed (inter-rater reliability) to The Target Symptom Rating Scale a novel scoring system for child and adolescent psychiatric patients while at the Menninger Clinic.
Gretchen’s research projects at the Cleveland Clinic supported the creation of patient warming Standard of Care, which is now embraced by American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Gretchen also served on U.S. Chamber of Commerce Americas Business Dialogue Regulatory Affairs Working Group 4 team, which supported medical device business development opportunities within Latin American markets.
She is most proud of her contributions as a QA/RA team member which supported the advancement of medicine through research and development. She has also done volunteer work for several charities including The Red Cross and San Antonio Food Bank. Gretchen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and certifications through Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) and Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). She lives in Helotes with her husband, their two children and three dogs. In her free time, Gretchen likes to play sand volleyball and is captain of her local team.