Research Center Profile:
SCORE Physician Alliance

Center Information

Jeffrey A. Hirschfield, MD CPI
President- SPA
SCORE Physician Alliance
6499 38th. Avenue N. Suite A-2
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
727-344-7509 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Dental and Oral Health
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview

SCORE Physician Alliance is comprised of a network of private-practice physicians from various medical offices who perform clinical research trials.

SCORE's Medical Director, Jeffrey A. Hirschfield, MD CPI, has a wealth of experience providing complete oversight in the ethical conduct of research involving human participants, patient privacy and confidentiality, informed consent practices, data and safety monitoring, and continuous regulatory reviews.

SCORE has delegated standard operating procedures for our sites and research personnel to ensure the highest standards of quality in the conduct of our clinical trials.

Clinical Research Experience

  • Allergy - allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis
  • Dental - Consumer based healthcare testing
  • Dermatology - acne, atopic derm, rosacea, tinea corporis/pedis pedis, psoriasis, consumer healthcare product testing
  • Gastroenterology - GERD, gastritis, IBS, colitis
  • Gynecology - multi-specialty
  • Hematology - anemia, hypercholesterolemia
  • Infectious Diseases- multi-specialty
  • Neurology - Migraine
  • Gynecology - HRT, Osteoporosis, Hot Flashes, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Dysmenorrhea, Oral Contraceptives
  • Ophthalmology - corneal diseases, dry eye, conjunctivitis, glaucoma
  • Pediatrics - multi-specialty, consumer healthcare product testing
  • Podiatry - tinea pedis, onychomycosis, wound healing
  • Psychiatry - attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive, panic disorder
  • Respiratory - COPD, bronchial asthma, otitis media
  • Vaccines - infants, children, and adults


Sponsors include:
Abbott, Alcon, Allergan, Arbor, Astra-Zeneca, Bausch & Lomb, Bristol Myers Squibb, Galderma, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen-McNeil, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Medimmune, Merck, Novartis, Oxford BioMedica, Pfizer, Pharmacia, Procter & Gamble, Schering-Plough, Stiefel, Wyeth

Clinical Research Organizations include:
ClinAssure, Covance, ICON, Ingenix, Kendle, Medsource, PPD, PRA, Pharmanet, Paragon, Parexel, Quintiles, Rho, West, Quintiles, INC

Facility Description

Each physician office provides outpatient medical services in a private practice setting. Each office provides examination rooms, comfortable monitoring rooms with internet and email access, CLIA or COLA-accredited laboratories. Emergency preparedness equipment and standard operating procedures in the event of an emergency situation. All offices have nearby hospitals and emergency room services within a 2-mile radius. Affiliate offices are located in Pinellas County, FL and within a 20-30 minute drive from Tampa International Airport.

Investigator Experience

Romeo Acosta, Jr., M.D.
Certified- American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jeffrey K. Carlson M.D. - Obstetrics/Gynecology
Certified- American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Timothy M. Dunlevy M.D. - Otolaryngology
Certified- American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Lawrence R. Goldberg M.D. - Ophthalmology
Certified- American Board of Ophthalmology

Maria Gregory M.D. - Gynecology
Certified- American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Derek B. Hess, M.D. - Pediatric Ophthalmology
Certified- American Board of Ophthalmology
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

William N. Handelman, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Certified- American Board of Internal Medicine

Jeffrey A. Hirschfield, MD CPI - Pediatrics
Certified- American Board of Pediatrics

Shelley S. Jaquish M.D. - Otolaryngology
Certified- American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Robin M. Katz, D.P.M. - Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
Certified- American Board of Podiatric Surgery

Don B. Knapp, M.D. - Ophthalmology
Certified- American Board of Ophthalmology

David J. Mendelblatt, M.D. - Ophthalmology
Certified- American Board of Ophthalmology

Stephen L. Moss, D.P.M. - Podiatric Medicine
Certified- American Board of Podiatric Surgery

Rima Sanka D.O. - Allergy & Immunology
Certified- American Board of Pediatrics
Certified- American Board of Allergy and Immunology

Nilamben D. Shah, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Certified- American College of Physicians

Mandel R. Sher, M.D. - Allergy & Immunology
Certified- American Board of Pediatrics
Certified- American Board of Pediatrics- Sub-Board of Pediatric Rheumatology
Certified- American Board of Allergy and Immunology

J. Cedric Thornton M.D. - Dermatology
Certified- American Board of Dermatology

Michael A. Zimmer, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Certified- American Board of Internal Medicine

Staff Expertise

Each office has its own highly qualified research staff. SCORE’s research affiliates are highly educated in good clinical practices (GCP) and patient confidentiality. All study coordinators are highly trained in patient education, laboratory draws, specimen processing and shipping including up to date IATA certifications.

JEFFREY A. HIRSCHFIELD, MD CPI - President & Medical Director, SPA

Dr. Hirschfield is a board-certified specialist pediatrician. He received his BS degree in neurobiological sciences with high honors from the University of Florida and earned his MD degree from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, then he completed his pediatric residency at All children’s Hospital in Saint Petersburg. Subsequently, he established his private practice and clinical research facility in Saint Petersburg since 1998 where he continues to serve as medical director and principal investigator of clinical trials. He is the founder and president of SCORE Physician Alliance (SPA) which comprises of clinical research experts conducting clinical trials with broad array of specialties. SCORE’s doctrine is based on total integration of clinical medicine and clinical investigation as well as providing consulting services to the clinical trials industry. Dr. Hirschfield is considered the leading authority in his field of expertise and was awarded the America’s Top Pediatricians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America on an annual basis for his lifelong distinguished contribution to the medical field. Dr. Hirschfield provided valuable input in the scientific community by drafting, reviewing, editing, authoring and publishing in medical journals. As a pediatrician he is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine / All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center, and Saint Petersburg General Hospital. He continues to serve his community by providing his leadership as member on the advisory board of the United Healthcare Children Foundation, Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators, Novartis Research and Development Advisory Committee on Vaccines, American Academy of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine / All Children’s Hospital Education Committee, and the Pinellas County Medical Association. In addition he currently holds a special role as a Consulting Pediatrician and Disability evaluator for the State of Florida. Dr. Hirschfield currently holds multiple appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor at University of South Florida College of Nursing, Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Tampa Nurse Practitioner Program and as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at University of South Florida Department of Pediatrics and Nursing.

KATHARINE TZADIK, M.Sc - Clinical Research Coordinator

Katharine supports, facilitates and coordinates the daily clinical trial activities and plays a critical role in the efficient conduct of the studies. Katharine works closely with Dr. Hirschfield and the sponsors to support and provide guidance on multiple aspects of the clinical study operations. Originally from the UK, Katharine has come from a background of clinical trial monitoring and is excited to be an essential part of the SCORE team.

JULIE A. HIRSCHFIELD, B.A. - Vice-President, Corporate Development, Clinical Research Coordinator

Julie has been a tremendous patient advocate and research educator for SCORE trials. She received her B.A. degree in elementary education at the University of South Florida. Her fine interpersonal skills is evident in her daily work. She is focused on the opeations of SCORE’s large private physician-focused network. In addition, she is team leader for our infant nutrition programs.

KRISTINE COLLINS - Clinical Research Coordinator

Kristine is a fine complement to the SCORE study staff and our patients. She supports both Dr. Hirschfield’s pediatric practice and is involved in the start up and regulatory activities for our clinical trials. In addition, she keeps our patients’ schedules organized and communicates between personnel and patient requests.

CHRISTINA FRANKLIN, RN CCRC - Clinical Research Coordinator

Patient Demographics

Recruitment for our various clinical trials is derived primarily from private practices within the SCORE physician network. Electronic databases at each site are able to stratify prospective patients by demographics, diagnosis type, etc. utilizing standard medical billing software.

Other Information

All research sites are able to utilize Central IRB's.

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