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Research Center Profile:
CarePoint Health Research Institute

Center Information

Jakey Patwari, MD, CCRC, CCTI
Executive Vice President and Head of Research Operations
CarePoint Health Research Institute
Christ Hospital
176 Palisade Avenue, 3 East
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-795-8553; 201-795-8554
201-683-2718 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Center Overview

The CarePoint Health Research Institute is a vibrant, full-service clinical research organization comprised of three research centers, each of which is located at its three partner hospitals: Christ Hospital, Bayonne Medical Center, and Hoboken University Medical Center in Hudson County, NJ. The three hospitals serve more than 1.1 million people in Hudson County, Staten Island, New York City and surrounding communities. In 2011, the three hospitals provided healthcare services to more than 315,000 people.

The CarePoint Health Research Institute is headed by Executive Vice President, Dr. Jakey Patwari, a senior clinical research scientist with more than 24 years of research and management experience. Dr. Patwari is housed at the organization’s corporate office, a state-of-the-art, 6,000 square feet research facility located at Christ Hospital. In addition to the Christ Hospital research center, there are two additional state-of-the-art research centers, approximately 5,000 square feet each, located at Bayonne Medical Center and Hoboken University Medical Center. Each of the research centers has their own “Core Team” consisting of a Medical Director, Research Director, Investigators, Sub-Investigators, Clinical Research Coordinators (both RN and non-RN), Administrator(s) and Clinical Assistants. Additionally, housed at the corporate office is the organization’s “Support Team” consisting of managers and associates in Grants Management, Quality Assurance, Business Development and Marketing, Data Management and IT, Regulatory Affairs and a Recruitment department. The organization’s support team provides support in these areas to all three of its research centers. All members of the research team are proficient in FDA regulations, ICH/GCP guidelines, local regulations and clinical trial processes and systems. Both inpatient and outpatient phase II-IV studies, in multiple therapeutic areas are conducted at all three of the research centers. CarePoint Health Research Institute’s research teams are dedicated to meet sponsors’ expectations and to fulfill their research needs.

All three research centers are equipped with:

  • Regular centrifuge
  • Refrigerated centrifuge
  • Ultra-low (- 70°) degree specimen freezer
  • Regular specimen refrigerator
  • EKG machine, BP monitors and other required medical equipment
  • Secured drug and record storage area
  • Multiple patient exam rooms
  • Sponsor monitors' office with access to high speed internet, fax machine and copier
  • Access to hospital pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and other diagnostic departments
  • 24/7 security; connected to hospital back-up generators

The medical staff at Hoboken University Medical Center, Bayonne Medical Center and Christ Hospital has conducted numerous research studies in the past. CarePoint HRI is a new research entity that has conducted few research studies. However, the research staff of CarePoint Health Research Institute has worked with the following sponsors and companies on conducting clinical trials in multiple therapeutic areas.

Clinical Research Experience

The CarePoint Health Research Institute is currently conducting both inpatient and outpatient phase II-IV studies in multiple therapeutic areas as well as outcome and epidemiological research. The medical staff at Hoboken University Medical Center, Bayonne Medical Center and Christ Hospital has conducted many research studies in the past.

CarePoint HRI is a new research entity that has conducted few research studies. However, the research staff of CarePoint Health Research Institute has worked with the following sponsors and companies on conducting clinical trials in multiple therapeutic areas:

  • Abbvie
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Biomet
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Res.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Boston Scientific
  • Celgene
  • Cv3
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Derma Sciences
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • EMD Serono
  • Forest Research
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Healthpoint
  • Hutchinson Medipharma
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lantheus
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • Orexo
  • Merck and Co. Inc.
  • Natrogen Therapeutics International, Inc.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • NovoNordisk
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Pfizer
  • Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Salix Pharmaceuticals
  • Sanofi
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Vectura
  • Wyeth Ayerst Research

Facility Description

Christ Hospital

Christ Hospital is a 381-bed acute care facility located in Jersey City, New Jersey. A modern, state-of-the-art facility, Christ Hospital offers a broad range of services from primary angioplasty for cardiac patients to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for those battling cancer. The medical staff at Christ Hospital includes over 500 physicians in specialties ranging from treating allergies to performing vascular surgery. The hospital is a growing institution with a commitment to providing the highest quality care to patients and their families.

It is no coincidence that Christ Hospital is located less than two miles from Ellis Island; the institution was founded in 1872 as a health care haven for the immigrant population of Hudson County. The hospital serves more than 800,000 people from Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, West New York, New York City and adjoining communities. Last year the hospital provided routine and urgent care services to more than 120,000 people. Today's immigrant population comes mostly from Asia, Central America and the Middle East; the hospital concentrates on treatment for new epidemics such as AIDS, cancer and heart disease. Christ Hospital's physicians, employees and patients are natives of six continents and over 40 languages are spoken in the facility. In all of its endeavors, the hospital recognizes and respects the pluralism and diversity of the cultures and faith traditions of the people and communities it serves.

Christ Hospital has been recognized with numerous awards and accreditations, including: a five-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity care from HealthGrades, a Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, a Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, an award from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for ranking in the top quartile for efficiency and quality in newborn care, recognition as the regional leader in providing five-star healthcare services for women and children, including intensive care, from the Leapfrog Group and recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

The hospital has its own School of Nursing, which is one of the oldest diploma schools in the state of New Jersey. In addition, Christ Hospital has a radiological technical school where students learn X-ray technology and a family practice residency program that is affiliated with the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Christ Hospital is renowned for its outstanding quality patient care and has departments and services including:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Department
  • Harwood Heart Center
  • Obstetrics and Maternity
  • Level II Nursery
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology Services
  • Sleep Center
  • Surgical Services
  • Vascular Laboratory

Bayonne Medical Center

Established in 1888, Bayonne Medical Center is a 278-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital serving more than 200,000 people in Bayonne, Staten Island and surrounding cities. Since opening its doors more than a century ago, it has been committed to providing quality, comprehensive, community-based healthcare services to more than 70,000 people annually. Bayonne Medical Center continually develops new and expanded services to meet the changing needs of the people it serves. It is a growing, thriving institution with cutting edge technology, comprehensive patient resources and outstanding facilities.

Bayonne Medical Center offers a complete spectrum of health care specialties. Hundreds of affiliated physicians are part of its award winning medical staff, representing a wide variety of disciplines. The doctors, nurses and professionals of Bayonne Medical Center are recognized leaders in health care. They are backed by state of the art technologies and have access to cutting edge procedures. Innovation is a hallmark of this medical center and it has built its reputation on the experience and insight of its remarkable staff. Its team strives to improve and enhance the overall health and wellness of the communities it serves.

Bayonne Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the American College of Surgeons for Cancer Care, the American Diabetes Association, the College of American Pathologists, the American Association of Blood Banks, the American College of Radiology and the Medical Society of New Jersey. Its memberships include the American Hospital Association and the New Jersey Hospital Association. In 2010, Bayonne Medical Center was designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

Skilled, compassionate nurses are the lifeblood of any great hospital or healthcare facility. Bayonne Medical Center School of Nursing has been educating individuals to do this critical work since 1891. A leader in hospital-based nursing education, its School of Nursing has a history of excellence and an outstanding faculty that provides students with continuous academic support and advisement.

Bayonne Medical Center has departments and services including:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Behavioral Health
  • Cardiac Care
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Diabetes Education/Support
  • Emergency Department
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Lab Services
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgical Unit
  • Vascular Institute
  • Women's Center
  • Wound Care

Hoboken University Medical Center

Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) is a 355-bed, acute care hospital that is renowned for its outstanding patient care. The medical center was founded when the physicians in what was then called St. Mary Hospital established the first organized medical staff in New Jersey in the late1800s. This modern facility in the heart of Hudson County houses a broad range of specialties and continues to grow and expand. It serves more than 800,000 people from Hoboken, Union City, West New York, Jersey City, New York City and adjoining communities. Last year the medical center provided routine and urgent care services to more than 120,000 people. The centerpiece of this organization’s $52 million investment plan is a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department staffed by the area’s finest emergency specialists to better serve the community. Hoboken University Medical Center is a leader in health care for the region and beyond.

A recipient of many distinguished Hospital Awards for Clinical Excellence, Hoboken University Medical Center receives consistently high ratings from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and has received number one rankings in Emergency Department patient satisfaction for two years in a row by the Jackson Organization, a national benchmarking group.

The medical center has an outstanding family medicine residency program which has academic affiliation with New York Medical College Family Medicine Residency. The program provides solid core of patient care today and is expected to become even more vital in the future.

Located just four miles from New York City and 20 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport, HUMC is easily accessible by study monitors. Public transportation and free parking facilities are available for potential study subjects and monitors.

The medical center is recognized for its comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and health education services including:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Cardio Pulmonary Care
  • Center for Family Health
  • Children’s Crisis Intervention Services
  • Diabetes Education
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Emergency Services
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Perinatology
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Surgical Services
  • Women’s Health
  • Wound Healing Center

Investigator Experience

The following physicians are on the active staff of the CarePoint Health Research Institute and are currently participating in clinical trials:

Oncology Trial Physicians
Mark Druck, MD, Oncology
Hitendra Upadhyaya, MD, Oncology
Mark Chaitowitz, MD, Oncology
Devarajan P. Iyengar, MD, Oncology
Vasanti J. Damle, MD, Hematology/Oncology
Simon M. Badin, MD, Hematology/Oncology
Nalini Shah, MD, Hematology/Oncology
Carrie Wasserman, MD, Hematology/Oncology
Hector Florentino, MD, Hematology/Oncology

Internal Medicine Physicians
Ahsan M. Kazmi, MD, Internal Medicine
Angel A. Lazo, MD, Internal Medicine
Syed Iftikhar Kazmi, MD, Internal Medicine
Naresh J. Patel, DO, Internal Medicine
Hetal R. Patel, DO, Internal Medicine
Virginia M. Witt, MD, Internal Medicine
Antonio J. Tsompanidis, DO, Internal Medicine
Deepak Keswani, MD, Internal Medicine
AmitMalhotra, MD, Internal Medicine
Carmelo Milazzo, Internal Medicine

Ophthalmology Physicians
Keith Gurland, MD, Ophthalmology
Edmund Topilow, MD, Ophthalmology
Steven Braunstein, MD, Ophthalmology
Ganesh U. Rau, MD, Ophthalmology

Pulmonology Physicians
Joseph M. Kozel, MD, Pulmonary Diseases
Sherif M. Latef, MD, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care
Alexander Wojno-Oranski, DO, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Critical Care
Sekar Natarajan, MD, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Critical Care

Neurology, Cardiology and Urology Physicians
Gregory D. Anselmi, MD, Neurology
VinodKapoor, MD, Neurology
Larisa G. Ploshchanskaya, MD, Neurology
Nagesh B. Krish, MD, Neurology
Erica Frangione, DNP, RN-BC, Neurology
Jagadish V. Damle, MD, Cardiology
Michael Benz, MD, Cardiology
Haroon A. Faraz, MD, Cardiology
Yale Shulman, MD, Urology
Joel Abramowitz, MD, Urology
John J. Hosay, Jr., MD, Urology
Santusht A. Perera, MD, ThoracicSurgery, Vascular Surgery

Nephrology Physicians
Danny B. Haddad, MD, Nephrology
Jayeshkumar S. Patel, MD, Nephrology
James Pritsiolas, MD, Internal Medicine, Nephrology

Podiatry and Psychiatrist Physicians
Francis Rossi, DPM, Podiatry
Diane K. Dworkin, DPM, Podiatry
John B. Del Monte, DPM, Podiatry
Ghulam Bajwa, MD, Psychiatrist
Waqar A. Siddiqui, MD, Psychiatrist

Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Dermatology Physicians
Jeffrey M. Raskin, MD, Gastroenterology
Harold G. Tepler, MD, Gastroenterology
AnakaPrakash, MD, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics
Jenny G. Cam, MD, Endocrinology
MalgorzataCiechanowka, MD, Endocrinology
Vinod R. Lala, MD, Endocrinology
StanislavGoykhman, MD, Endocrinology
Adolfo Fernandez-Obregon, MD, Dermatology

Obstetrics/Gynecology Physicians
Obsert Fernandez, MD, OBGYN
Kwaku O. Boamah, MD, OBGYN
Lalitha Masson, MD, OBGYN
Michael A. Schiavone, MD, OBGYN

Staff Expertise

The research staff has extensive experience in initiating and conducting clinical research projects of all phases and magnitudes. Their expertise includes, but is not limited to, study coordination, data and project management, human rights protection, patient safety and Good Clinical Practices, regulatory compliance, contracts and budgets, and coordinator support for new investigators. The staff is well versed in acting as a central contact for sponsors and CROs.

Jakey Patwari, MD, CCRC, CCTI
Executive Vice President and Head of Research Operations
24 years experience in the Research Field

Mehnaz Ahsan
Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
6 years experience in the Research Field

Dennis K. Jones
Business Development Manager
20 years experience in the Business Field

Divya Gupta, MS, BS, CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator
8 years experience in the Research Field

Kathleen Rodriguez
Executive Assistant

Patient Demographics

Our patient population is diverse since most of Hudson County’s immigrant population comes from Asia, Central America and the Middle East; patients are natives of six continents.

People Quick Facts Hudson County New Jersey
Population, 2013 estimate 660,282 8,899,339
Population 2010 (April 1) estimates base 634,266 8,791,894
Population percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1 2013 4.1% 1.2%
Persons under 5 years old, percent 2012 6.7% 6.0%
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2012 20.4% 22.9%
Persons 65 years and over, percent 2012 10.5% 14.1%
Female persons, percent, 2012 50.3% 51.2%
White persons, percent 2012 66.4% 73.8%
Black persons, percent, 2012 15.0% 14.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent 2012 1.2% 0.6%
Asian persons, percent 2012 14.2% 8.7%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, percent, 2012 0.2% 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2012 2.4% 1.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2012 42.6% 18.5%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2012 30.2% 58.2%

U. S. Census Bureau

Other Information

The CarePoint Health Research Institute provides a single point of contact for budgets, contracts, regulatory and patient recruitment matters. The organization ensures efficiency with each study through the centralized processing of all aspects of clinical trials, including identifying diligent, well-trained investigators, planning protocol strategies, preparing and submitting regulatory documents, obtaining IRB approval, recruiting, enrolling and retaining study subjects. In each of its research centers, a database is maintained of active and potential investigators so that the research team can match sponsoring agencies’ needs with appropriate physicians, utilizing a swift investigator selection and training process. Additionally, by combining all three hospitals and the private physicians’ practices, the team has a large electronic patient database from which they can enroll an adequate number of study subjects to meet sponsors’ needs. CarePoint Health Research Institute accomplishes sponsor enrollment goals by leveraging their own database searches and mounting local and central advertisement campaigns.

The CarePoint Health Research Institute invites you to learn how they can help your organization succeed in its current or future clinical research. Please call to schedule a tour of the CarePoint Health Research Institute’s three research facilities at Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center.

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