“We employ the best research professionals, who are dedicated to providing excellent service with the ultimate goal of improving volunteer care and while remaining on the cutting edge of the medical arena. Our leadership, investigators and staff are experts in their respective fields of conducting the clinical trial process, recruitment and advertisement, scientific thought leadership and professional development. We make confidentiality, accuracy and quality data the central focuses in every clinical trial or study.”

Ella Grach, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer

The Wake Research Staff

Learn more about the specialty areas at each of our sites:

Wake Research Associates — Raleigh, NC

Primary Investigators

Adnan Nasir, MD Dermatology
Angela Hodge, MD Psychiatry
Charles Barish, MD Gastroenterology
Douglas Holmes, MD Otolaryngology (ENT)
Jonathan Flescher, MD Internal Medicine, Pulmonology
Lisa Cohen, DO Family Medicine
Matthew Kaanan, DO Sports medicine, non-invasive orthopedics
Padmaja Gayam, MD Allergy and Immunology
Pouru Bhiwandi, MD Women’s Health, Gynecology
Singar Jagadeesan, MD Neurology
Wayne Harper, MD Internal Medicine, Immunology, Vaccines

Sub-Investigators

Angela Hira, DO Gastroenterology
Beth Friedland, MD Opthalmalogy
Bulent Ender, MD Gastroenterology
Douglas Wadeson, MD Family Medicine
Marc Aaron Herschelman, DO Gastroenterology
Miroslav Gavazov, MD Family Medicine
Seth Kaplan, MD Gastroenterology
Wanda Radford, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology

Breco Research — Houston, TX

Primary Investigators

Ronald Pucillo, MD Family Medicine

Sub-Investigators

Tracey Miller, PA-C Physician Assistant

Carolina’s GI Research — Raleigh, NC

Primary Investigators

Michael Battaglino, MD Gastroenterology
Ronald Schwarz, MD Gastroenterology
Subhash Gumber, MD Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist

Sub-Investigators

Angela Hutzenbuhler, MD Gastroenterology
Christopher Schwarz, MD Gastroenterologist, Internist
Indira Reddy, MD Gastroenterology
Kerry Whitt, MD Gastroenterology
Melissa Scott, PA-C Physician Assistant
Neeraj Kumar Sachdeva, MD Gastroenterology
Pilar Berg, PA-C Physician Assistant
Sanjay Banad Jagannath, MD Gastroenterology

ClinSearch — Chattanooga, TN

Primary Investigators

Mark McKenzie, MD Internist

Sub-Investigators

Richard Sadowitz, MD Gastroenterologist
Brandy Biederman, MSN Advanced Practical Nurse
Ira Kraus, MD Podiatrist
Rena Azar, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Maren Shaw, MD Dermatologist
Deborah DiStefano, MD Opthalmologist

Global Medical Research — DeSoto, TX

Primary Investigators

Valentine Ebuh, MD Internal Medicine

Sub-Investigators

Sathish Karmegan Nephrology

Medical Center for Clinical Research — San Diego, CA

Primary Investigators

Daniel Marnell, MD Dermatologist
Dane Shipp, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
William Moseley, MD Urology

Sub-Investigators

Michael Wong, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Medical Research Center of Memphis — Memphis, TN

Primary Investigators

Todd Chappell, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Sub-Investigators

Regina Healy, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Sharon Butcher, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
T. Franklin King, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Mary Keegan, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Leah Tonkin, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Elizabeth Heitman, NP Nurse Practitioner
Judith Williams, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Jessica Ruffin, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Leslie Hayden, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Gregory Burana, MD Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Mount Vernon Clinical Research — Atlanta, GA

Primary Investigators

Stephen Blank, MD Gynecologist
Susmitha Puppala, MD Internist
Max Shapiro, MD Gastroenterologist
Fiona Zwald, MD Dermatology

Tucson Neuroscience Research — Tucson, AZ

Primary Investigators

Rodney Anderson, MD Neurologist
Diana Benenati, MD Neurologist
Matthew Wilson, MD Neurosurgeon

Sub-Investigators

Eric Sipos, MD Neurosurgeon
Ryan Kretzer, MD Neurosurgeon
Joseph Christiano, MD Neurosurgeon
Hillel Baldwin, MD Neurosurgeon

Our Clinical Research & Health Professionals

Dr. Grach, President & CEO, has more than 30 years of experience in clinical research and has been influential in guiding the company’s growth and development. The management team at Wake Research is made up of experienced managers responsible for site operationsbusiness developmentsite developmentquality assurancetraining and finance. Additionally, our regional management team provides oversight and guidance to our entire family of locations.

Our coordinators include a variety of health professionals such as RNs, LPNs, CMAs, paramedics, registered dieticians and professionals with formal degrees in clinical research; all of whom assist investigators in conducting all phases of clinical research. Our clinical staff members are certified by SOCRA and ACRP. In addition, all clinical staff are certified in CPR, advanced cardiac life support, ECG, phlebotomy and IATA.

Full-time coordinators, including RNs and LPNs:

  • CMAs and MAs
  • Research Assistants
  • Dedicated Volunteer Recruiters
  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Quality Assurance
  • Finance Associates
  • Controller
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Business Development and Marketing
  • Dedicated Advertising & Social Media Coordinator
  • Data Entry Coordinator

Our Raleigh-based physician partners include: