Clinical Trial Resource Center


Clinical Trial Resource Center

Research Center Profile:
Bronson Methodist Hospital

Center Information

Tom Blok, MD
Director, Research Services
Bronson Methodist Hospital
601 John St. Box 92
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
USA
269-341-8131
269-341-8675 (fax)
blokt@bronsonhg.org
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Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Immunology
Musculoskeletal
Neurology
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Oncology
Pediatrics/Neonatology
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview

Bronson Research Services (BRS) is an integral part of Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the largest healthcare providers in the area. The Bronson system includes three hospitals, two outpatient centers, a nursing and rehabilitation center and a full range of services.

BRS was developed as a strategic initiative to support a host of clinical investigators in their research endeavors and to create a center of clinical research excellence in southwest Michigan. Our experienced investigators paired with highly skilled certified clinical research coordinators enable us to conduct quality clinical research in phases I, II, III and IV.

Clinical Research Experience

For the past decade, BRS has performed both pharmaceutical and medical device sponsored clinical trials, NIH funded trials, investigator-initiated trials and basic science research in a wide range of therapeutic areas, including but not limited to:

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anticoagulation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hemorrhagic Shock /Fluid Resuscitation
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Influenza
  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurointervention SAH
  • Nosocomial Infections
  • Resource Utilization in Mass Casualty Events
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sepsis
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Facility Description

BRS is located on the Bronson Methodist Hospital (BMH) campus and, as such, is capable of conducting both inpatient and outpatient studies. BMH is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 404 licensed beds and all private rooms, BMH provides care in a variety of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, neurobehavioral, and oncology with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center, in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only six children’s hospitals in the state of Michigan. BRS provides secure drug and device storage areas, secure record storage area, refrigerated centrifuge, both -20 and -80 freezers, 12 lead ECG, and blood drawing services. Additional services include private exam rooms, state of the art surgical suites, a certified laboratory and pharmacy, sleep lab and EMG services, as well as radiology services including CT and MRI.

BRS provides:

  • Experienced Physician Investigators and Sub-Investigators On-site
  • Experienced, Full Time, Certified Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Contract and Budget Facilitator
  • Central or local IRB Review
  • Onsite CLIA and CAP Certified Labs
  • Customized Source Documents
  • Prompt, Accurate Data Entry (both paper and EDC)
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Joint Commission Compliance
  • Conference Rooms
  • Dedicated Monitor Areas

Kalamazoo, Michigan is located midway between Detroit and Chicago. Bronson Methodist Hospital is conveniently located near the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

Investigator Experience

Our team of dedicated clinical investigators bring a wealth of experience to BRS.

Tom Blok, MD – Director of Bronson Research Services

Cardiology/Vascular Disease

Christopher Rogers, DO
Specialty: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Subspecialty Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology
Fellowship: Wayne State University
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies
Research: Investigator and co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

Brett J. Eliuk, DO
Specialty: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Fellowship: MSU- Garden City Hospital
Clinical Interest: Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease Subspecialty Certificate in Nuclear Medicine
Medical School: MSU - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: MSU - Garden City Hospital
Research: Co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

Thomas A. Keller, MD
Specialty: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics
Fellowship: Wayne State University
Clinical Interest: Interventional Cardiology as well as Peripheral and Carotid intervention
Medical School: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Residency: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Research: Co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

Michael A. Pack, DO
Specialty: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Clinical Interest: Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiology
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine
Residency: University of Arizona
Research: Co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

Michael Pawlik, DO
Specialty: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital Medical Center - Cardiovascular Disease
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital Medical Center
Research: Co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

John F. Schonder, MD
Specialty: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Subspecialty Certification: Cardiovascular Disease
Fellowship: Pennsylvania State College of Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Medical School: Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Research: Co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

Robert A. Williams, DO
Specialty: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Subspecialty Certification: Cardiovascular Disease
Fellowship: Harper Medical Center - Cardiovascular Disease
Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency: Grace Hospital, Wayne State University
Research: Co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

Douglas J. Wunderly, MD
Specialty: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Subspecialty Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency: Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies
Research: Co-investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials including acute coronary syndrome.

Critical Care

Eric C. Feucht, MD
Specialty: Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellowship: University Hospitals of Cleveland
Clinical Interest: Immune alterations during sepsis and critical illness, infection control issues in the ICU, and hypoxic responses to altitude in individuals with cardiopulmonary diseases
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland
Research: As a Critical Care Intensivist and Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy at Bronson, Dr. Feucht has directed outcomes based and translational research in critical care and infectious diseases and has served as a co-investigator on pharmaceutical clinical trials in disseminated intravascular coagulation and influenza.

Gabriel Pedraza, MD
Specialty: Critical Care, Internal Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center
Clinical Interest: Medical ethics and blood conservation
Medical School: Faclutad De Medicina, Colegio Mayor/nuestra Senora
Residency: Flushing Hospital Medical Center
Research: As Medical Director of Adult Critical Care Services at Bronson, Dr. Pedraza has served as an investigator in several pharmaceutical clinical trials including disseminated intravascular coagulation in sepsis and Influenza.

Erasmo Ruggiero, DO
Specialty: Critical Care
Board Eligible: Critical Care and Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Critical Care, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL
Internship: Family Practice, WW Knight Family Practice Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio
Residency: Internal Medicine, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio

Neurology

Dean D. Kindler, MD
Specialty: Neurology
Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Fellowship: Cerebrovascular disease and stroke - University of Virginia Medical Center
Clinical Interest: Stroke, Neurovascular Disease, Neurovascular Ultrasound. Training in neurovascular ultrasound.
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Internship: Internal Medicine/Psychiatry - University of Virginia Medical Center
Residency: Neurology - University of Virginia Medical Center

Kelly D. Ybema, MD
Dr. Ybema is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She received her medical degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine and completed her residency in neurology at Vanderbilt University. She completed a fellowship in EMG/Neuromuscular Disease at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and has a special interest in disorders of the peripheral nervous system, including peripheral neuropathies and neuromuscular junction disorders; and electromyography. She currently serves as a principal investigator for Bronson Research Services.

Toya V. Malone, MD
Specialty: Neurology
Fellowship: Clinical neurophysiology/EEG - Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Clinical Interest: seizure disorders and pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy treatment
Medical School: Wayne State University
Internship: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Residency: Adult Neurology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

Neurosurgery

Alain Y. Fabi, MD
Dr. Fabi earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is board certified in Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the National Association of Spine Surgeons. He is the Administrative Director for Bronson Neurological Services and serves as both principal investigator and sub-investigator for a number of clinical trials. His clinical research experiences spans the past three decades and involves pharmaceutical, biological and medical device trials, including several pivotal IDEs in both brain and spine.

Gregory C. Wiggins, MD
Dr. Wiggins is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and completed fellowships in peripheral nerve surgery at Louisiana State University and in spine at the University of Washington. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. He has conducted clinical research for the past ten years and currently serves as a sub-investigator on numerous clinical trials in both brain and spine.

Chris A. Sloffer, MD
Specialty: Neurosurgery
Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery
Fellowship: Spine Fellowship, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Clinical Interest: Specializing in brain tumors and neuro-oncology, neuro trauma, neurosurgical critical care, disorders of the peripheral nerve, others disorders of the brain and spine, history of neurosurgery and medicine, and a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain.
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
Internship: General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Residency: Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

Neurointerventional Radiology

Jeffrey W. Miller, MD
Specialty: Neurointerventional Surgery, Neuroradiology
Board Certification: American Board of Radiology
Fellowship: Neurointerventional Surgery and Neurodiagnostics, Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Interest: neurointerventional surgery, brain aneurysms and acute stroke interventions
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, British West Indies and Bay Shore, New York
Residency: Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York (Surgery), and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (Radiology)

Psychiatry/Psychology

Nadeem M. Mirza, MD
Dr. Mirza is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General and Geriatric Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan and completed his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. He completed a general psychiatry fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health and Johns Hopkins University and served as staff at the National Institute of Mental Health, Geriatric Psychiatry Branch in Bethesda, MD. He serves as the medical director for the Geropsychiatry Unit and the Memory Clinic for Bronson Lakeview Community Hospital. He has been involved with clinical research since 1988 and has served as a sub-investigator on numerous studies. His research interests are neurodegenerative diseases, biomarkers and novel treatments in Alzheimer’s dementia.

Ennis Berker, DO

Trauma/Emergency Medicine

Paul A. Blostein, MD
Dr. Blostein completed his General Surgery residency at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York and his Trauma Fellowship at Maryland Shock Trauma. Dr. Blostein has been a Trauma Surgeon at Bronson for over twenty years and has served as an investigator in pharmaceutical clinical trials including antibiotics in sepsis, ventilation in respiratory and airway compromise, and severe traumatic brain injury. Among his current research interests are traumatic shock and resuscitation, pelvic fractures, fat embolism syndrome in trauma, Methamphetamine burns and injuries, and small bowel injuries.

Scott B. Davidson, MD
Dr. Davidson completed his General Surgery residency at Wayne State University, is board certified in General Surgery, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Davidson is the Medical Director of Trauma Surgery Services at Bronson, and also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve having served in active duty in Iraq in 2008. During that time Dr. Davidson was a co-investigator in several military studies involving resource utilization and trauma resuscitation in multiple casualty incidents, one of which was published in Annals of Surgery. Dr. Davidson has experience as a co-investigator in a pharmaceutical clinical trial in severe traumatic brain injury. He has co-authored several other trauma related studies, and his current research interests include hemorrhagic shock, resuscitation in early shock and burns, military and civilian mass casualty events, and Methamphetamine burns and related injuries.

Sheldon B. Maltz, MD
Dr. Maltz completed his General Surgery residency at Finch University/Chicago Medical School North, and his Critical Care and Trauma Fellowships at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Maltz is board certified in General Surgery and Critical Care, and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Maltz is the Medical Director of Surgical Critical Care at Bronson. He has participated in numerous pharmaceutical clinical trials in critical care including traumatic brain injury, anti-fungal infections, hemorrhagic shock, and sepsis. In addition, he has co-authored numerous articles on trauma related issues.

Jon C. Walsh, MD
Dr. Walsh completed General Surgery residency training at San Joaquin General Hospital, Stockton California and the University of California, San Diego. He was a National Institute of Health Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis and UC-San Diego. Dr. Walsh earned his Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University. He also served as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve Medical Corps. Dr. Walsh is board certified in General Surgery, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is a Trauma Surgeon at Bronson, and has 20 years of experience with pharmaceutical clinical trials including spinal cord injury, ischemic reperfusion, hypertonic resuscitation, and severe traumatic brain injury, to name a few.

James Kraatz, MD
Specialty: Traumatic Surgery
Board Certification: American Board of Surgery
Subspecialty Certification: Critical Care Medicine, General Surgery
Fellowship: University of Texas Medical Branch/Galveston Shriners - Burn
Fellowship: Hennepin County Medical Center - Surgical Critical Care
Fellowship: and Midwest Medical Research Foundation - Surgical Infection Society Research Fellowship
Clinical Interest: Burn and wound management, trauma and surgical critical care, and severe surgical infections
Medical School: Rush University
Residency: Hennepin County Medical Center - General Surgery

Staff Expertise

Bronson Research Services offers dedicated and experienced certified clinical research coordinators. In addition, Bronson has relationships with Jasper Clinic Research & Development Inc. and Center for Clinical Research Solutions, Inc.

Patient Demographics

Bronson Healthcare serves more than one million residents in southwest and south central Michigan and northern Indiana.

Bronson System Stats (2013)

657 licensed beds
60 ambulatory care sites
2,000,000 visits annually
6,600 staff (largest employer in the region)
1000+ Medical Staff

Other Information

Bronson has an experienced Institutional Review Board (IRB) that meets monthly to oversee research studies at Bronson. The institution also uses Central IRBs, and central or local labs depending on the requirements of the study.

Sponsors

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Biogen IDEC
  • BHR Pharma, LLC
  • Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • NIH
  • Lundbeck
  • Novartis
  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.
  • Pioneer Surgical
  • Hoffman La-Roche
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Smith & Nephew
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.

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