Carla R. Heywood

Senior Director, Clinical Operations, Real-World Evidence

Carla R. Heywood, Senior Director of Real-World Evidence (RWE) at Worldwide Clinical Trials, has more than 15 years in the industry and has worked in clinical research project management and oversight with international pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, and academic research organizations. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, she provides oversight to Worldwide’s RWE project teams engaged in non-interventional research and is a subject matter expert on real-world data.


Carla R. Heywood has been a part of the team at Worldwide Clinical Trials since March 2018. As Senior Director of Real-World Evidence (RWE), she is responsible for portfolio and project oversight. She provides effective project leadership, ensuring project teams are performing at peak levels, and executing protocols in accordance with clients’ budgets and timelines. Her oversight includes risk identification and mitigation plans associated with our RWE initiatives. In her previous work with Parexel International, Outcome Sciences, and ICON, she has provided project management and oversight in both sponsor and CRO contexts. Her accomplishments include serving as the operational lead for more than 20 non-interventional studies across multiple regions and therapeutic areas. She has overseen functional teams of 50+ members and has managed scientific advisory committees consisting of key opinion leaders in the fields of Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular medicine, reproductive endocrinology, and hematology.

She began her career in academia, where she led several research initiatives in alcoholism, HIV, and Alzheimer’s disease. Her subsequent work with a global health economics and outcomes research group included management of technical and operational functions for multiple simultaneous, complex, non-interventional studies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego.



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