Research Center Profile:
Spartanburg Medical Research

Center Overview

Spartanburg Medical Research (SMR), a dedicated Phase I-III research site, has conducted clinical trials since 1990. Located on a peaceful 2.6 acre wooded campus fronting Business I-85 opposite Spartanburg Technical College, SMR is only 20 minutes from Spartanburg/Greenville’s airport and 70 minutes from Charlotte’s airport and convenient to area hotels, and hospitals. SMR’s credentialed and experienced staff is dedicated to meeting GCP and FDA requirements as evidenced by the absence of any findings on 4 previous FDA audits.

SMR services include:

  • ACLS Certified Principal Investigators
  • ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Physician on premises during all studies
  • Large Patient database
  • Central and local IRB’s

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 400+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 400+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 250
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 3 Business Day(s)
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 99%
EDC Capabilities: Yes

Staff Certifications
Number of Certified CRCs: 14
Number of Certified PIs: 1

Clinical Research Experience

Since 1992, Spartanburg Medical Research has conducted over 300 Adult and Pediatric Phase I-IV trials in the following areas:

  • Aerosol Delivery / Therapy
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Asthma - Pediatric and Adult
  • Atopic Dermatology
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Flu
  • Gout
  • Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypogonadism
  • Migraine
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Rheumatiod Arthritis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Viral Respiratory Infections
  • Streptococcal Pharyngitis
  • Vaccine Efficacy

Previous & Current Sponsors Include:

  • Aerovance
  • Abbott
  • Abgenix
  • Adams Respiratory
  • Alcon
  • Altana
  • Array
  • Array Bio Pharma, Inc.
  • Astellas
  • Amgen
  • Asubio
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer
  • BioMark
  • Bio-Pharma
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • CE3
  • Centocor
  • Cephalon
  • Chiesi Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Clay Parks Laboratory
  • Conjuchem
  • Cubist
  • Daiichi Asubio
  • Dey Labs
  • Dynport
  • Eli Lilly
  • Epix
  • Foest Labs
  • Genentech
  • Genetics Institute
  • ID Biomedical
  • GSK
  • Inspire
  • IVAX
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Knoll Pharmaceuticals
  • KOS
  • Kyphon
  • Macroflux
  • Map Pharmaceuticals
  • Mayo
  • MedImmune
  • Medpace
  • Memory
  • Merck
  • MGI Pharma
  • Millenium
  • Minster
  • Novo Nordisk
  • ONO
  • Organon
  • Ortho-Biotec
  • Oscient
  • Osiris
  • Otsuka
  • Neurocine Biosciences
  • Parke Davis
  • Pfizer
  • Predix
  • Purdue Pharma
  • Replidyne
  • Roche
  • Roxanne Laboratories
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Schering-Plough
  • Sepracor
  • Solvay
  • Takeda
  • Tapp Holdings
  • UCB Inc.
  • Viro-Pharma
  • Wyeth-Ayerst Research
Previous & Current CROs Include:
  • CTMS
  • PRA
  • PPD
  • Quintiles
  • Parexel
  • Paragon Biomedical
  • ICON Clinical Research
  • Kendle
  • Omnicare
  • Chiltern
  • MDS Pharma Services
  • i3 Research
  • Pharmanet
  • Advanced Biologics
  • Inveresk
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Pharma Research
  • SciRex
  • Covance
  • Symbio
  • Clinsys
  • INC Research Inc

Facility Description

10,500 sq.ft. Dedicated Phase I-III research facility (located at 485 Simuel Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303).

  • 12 private rooms for extended stay: 6 dedicated Phase I unit rooms and 6 flexible rooms
  • Multiple lounge areas with large screen TV’s, patient library, game areas, and protected outdoor deck
  • Large meeting room for site initiations and conferences
  • Dining room with seating for 20; separate patient and staff kitchens
  • Holtain stadiometers and Bariatric scales
  • 3 patient exam rooms
  • Pulmonary Function Lab with DLCO, Methacholine challenge, Body Plethysmography, 6 minute walk track
  • Exercise lab with metabolic cart, treadmill, bicycle ergometer
  • Hologic QDR 4500 SL DXA
  • Clinical lab with 4 ambient centrifuges, 2 refrigerated centrifuges and 1 CytoCentrifuge and incubator for prompt handling of PK specimens on multiple subjects, Mettler Toledo PL83-S balance scales
  • Locked drug storage room with continuous computer monitoring of ambient and refrigerated temperatures
  • 3 private rooms for monitors/auditors with T-1 lines for internet access, dedicated fax copier, and shredder
  • -180° Cryovac freezer, -85, -70 and -20 degree freezers
  • Video monitoring and overhead sprinkler system for patient safety
  • 6 restrooms, 2 with wheelchair accessible showers
  • Infusion center with comfortable recliners
  • On site record storage
  • Class A Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Continuous Vital Sign Monitoring System
  • Microscope with Video Monitor

11,000 sq. ft. Pulmonary Practice office, two blocks from Spartanburg Regional Medical Center 2030 North Church Place, Spartanburg, SC.

  • Large Reception Area/meeting Room accommodating 50 or more subjects for group lectures
  • Dining room
  • 16 Patient exam rooms
  • Complete PFT Lab with DLCO Body Plethysmography and Methacholine Challenge
  • Exercise Stress Testing
  • Procedure Room, Fiber Optic Rhino Laryngoscopy
  • Full X-Ray suite
  • Clinical Lab
  • 5 Physicians, 2 Physician Assistants & 1 Nurse Practioner
  • Database of over 15,000 active patients

5,000 sq. ft Additional Facility.

  • Record Storage

Investigator Experience

Charles M. Fogarty, MD, CPI

Medical Director:

Charles M. Fogarty, MD, CPI, has been in private practice in Spartanburg, South Carolina since 1978 and began conducting clinical trials in 1990. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease and he is a certified Principal Investigator.

He has also been Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy at Spartanburg Technical College from 1985 to present. At Spartanburg Regional Medical Center he has been Director of Pulmonary Function Lab at 1978-2000; Director of Respiratory therapy 1980-2000; Chairman of the Department of Medicine1994-2000; and IRB member 1996-1999. He was President of the Spartanburg Medical Society 1991-1992. He is listed in Best Doctors in America, and Marquis Who’s Who in Healthcare. He has been Principal Investigator in over 300 Phase I-III trials and has undergone four FDA audits with no findings.

Affiliate Investigators:

Wilson Smith, MD
Board Certification: Pulmonary / Sleep / Internal Medicine / Critical Care
Private Practice: Lung and Chest Medical Associates
Chief of Staff Spartanburg Regional Medical Center 2002; Medical Director, Sleep Lab, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Special Interest: Pulmonary Embolism, Sleep Studies

Douglas Clark, MD
Board Certification: Pulmonary / Sleep / Internal Medicine / Critical Care
Private Practice: Lung and Chest Medical Associates
Special Interest: Respiratory Infection, Lung Cancer and Sleep Studies

Raul Manuel B. Cruz, MD
Board Certification: Pulmonary/Internal Medicine/Critical Care
Private Practice: Lung and Chest Medical Associates
Special Interest: Pulmonary

Rico Mendoza, MD
Board Certification: Pulmonary / Sleep / Internal Medicine / Critical Care
Private Practice: Lung and Chest Medical Associates
Special Interest: Sleep Studies

Ikenna Onyebueke, MD
Board Certification: Pulmonary/Internal Medicine/Critical Care
Private Practice: Lung and Chest Medical Associates
Special Interest: Pulmonary

Nicole Crockford, PA-C, CCRC
Member of: AAPA and SCAPA
Special Interest: COPD

Rebecca “Becky” Pursley Brown, PNP
Previous experience includes Pediatrics for 36 years
Member of: NAPNAP and National Committee for Child Health Special Interest Group
Special Interest: Pediatrics

William Travis Weathers, MD
Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Special Interest: Pediatrics and ADD

Staff Expertise

Spartanburg Medical Research staff on average have been with SMR over 10 years. Our coordinators are ACLS certified and are recognized for their experience at area hospitals and for their community volunteer work.


  • Nicole Crockford, PA-C, CCRC has been working with SMR as a sub-investigator since 2004. Nicole has experience in working with in-patient pulmonary care/critical care as well as seeing patients at our affiliate Lung & Chest Medical Associates. Her research interests include Phase I through Phase IV studies in COPD.
  • Dale Cook, CPT, CCRC has been working with SMR since 1998. Her previous experience includes working in a histology laboratory. Her current research interests include working with adult and pediatric allergy, asthma, and eczema.
  • Jami Jones, ATC, CCRC has been with SMR since 2002. Her previous experience includes working as a certified athletic trainer and teaching German to high school students in the local area school district. Her research interests include COPD.
  • Anita Morris, BSN, RN, CCRC has been with SMR since 1997. Her previous experience includes working as a cardiac care nurse at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and Upstate Carolina Medical Center. Her current research interests include Phase 1 studies, COPD, and Osteoporosis
  • Sherry Yeisley, MS, CCRC has been with SMR since 1999. She is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University where she completed her thesis on proteins involved in insulin sensitivity at Louisiana State University. Her research interest is in Ph. 1-III COPD trials.
  • Ellen Nichols, CRC has been with SMR since 2003. Her previous research experience has been with vaccine and allergy trials. Her current research interests include vaccine, allergy, and asthma trials.
  • Deanna Guest, BSN, RN, CCRC has been with SMR since 2006. She has 2 previous years experience in research. Her previous experience is working at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center as a nurse in the emergency room and critical care departments. Her research experience includes Asthma, Device Studies, Hypertension, and Diabetes trials.
  • Diane Roberts, MLT, CCRC has been with SMR part time since 2001 and full time since 2005. She has 30 years experience as a medical laboratory technician. Her research interests include Diabetes & Vaccine trials.
  • Connie McCauley, LPN, CCRC has been with SMR since 2005. She has 28 years of nursing experience. Her research interests include Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hyperlipidemia.
  • Alison T. Fogarty, BSN, RN, CCRC has been with SMR since 2006. Her research interest includes Phase I Rheumatoid Arthritis, GOUT, and Osteoporosis.
  • Charlie D. Fogarty, BA, CCRChas been with SMR since 2006. His previous experience includes designing/developing reporting software with Spartanburg Bone Density and Financial analysis in Management. His current research experience includes COPD, Osteoporosis, and Arthritis.
  • Angela J. Rudasill, CPT, CRC has been with SMR since 2010. Her previous experience includes Medical Office work, transcription, and teaching. She obtained her phlebotomy technician certification prior to joining our team. Her research interests include COPD, Asthma, and Allergy. She currently coordinates on both pediatric and adult studies.
  • Frances R. Jones, LPN has been with SMR since 2013. Her previous experience includes being a nurse in a variety of fields since 1973 and teaching prenatal classes.


  • Jodi Sanders, RTR, CDT, PBT (ASCP)CM, CCRC has been with SMR since 2000. Her previous experience includes working as a radiology technologist since 1984 and performing bone density scans since 2000. Her current research interests include working with adult and pediatric allergy, asthma, and eczema.

Respiratory Therapy:

  • Darla Brown, RRT, RCP has helped out on studies since 2008. Her experience includes Respiratory Therapy since 1986. She has an active status with the SC state Licensure for Respiratory Care Practitioners and she currently serves as office manager at a pulmonary private practice. She is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
  • Jamie Marie Gaffney, RRT (NRBC) Her experience includes Respiratory Therapy since 2007. She currently performs Methacholine testing, Lung Volumes, Stress testing, ABG’s, serial PFT’s, and lab QA.

Lab Technicians:

  • Christy Sharp, PBT (ASCP) CM, CCRC has worked with SMR since 2004. Christy has years of experience working at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center laboratory. She currently oversees the laboratory department.
  • Christopher Armstrong, CMLA, CPT, CET, CCMA has worked with SMR since 2007. Christopher previously has 22 years with EMT and Fire Fighter with Fire services experience along with certification in Homeland Security.

Their Lab duties include: serial PK collection and processing, sputum processing, PPD administration and review, IV placement, certified IATA specimen shipping, OSHA coordinator(s), and proficient in using I-STAT monitor.

Regulatory Affairs

  • Angie Williams, BS, CCRP has been with SMR since 1997. Prior to joining SMR Ms. Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
  • Tessa M. Wilson, PBT (ASCP)CM, CCRP has been with SMR since 2005. Her previous work experience includes includes Pediatrics for 9 years.

Their duties include: receiving and submitting interest questionnaires, regulatory document preparation, IRB submissions(initial documents, SAE’s, protocol deviations, etc.), maintenance of regulatory binders, Budget and Contract negotiations, Audit preparations, monitor scheduling, study closure responsibilities, corresponding with Sponsor(s), CRO(s), IRB(s), DEA, & FDA, Site & Study specific advertising, SOP maintenance, document sorage preparations, social Committee, and assist with subject visits/lab when needed.

Administrative Staff

  • Martha Rost, AA has been with SMR since 1992. Her duties include payroll, tax and accounting. Martha has more than 40 years experience in public and private accounting and has served as a consultant with physician groups since 1990
  • Melissa Seiler, BA has been with SMR since 2004. Her duties include CRF completion and maintenance for ongoing studies. She also assists with source source review and source creation.
  • Lynne Sarkisian, PBT (ASCP)CM has been with SMR since 2006. Her duties include recruiting, scheduling, and subject visits.
  • Jan B. Turner, BS, PBT (ASCP)CM has been with SMR since 2005. Her duties include medical transcription, EDC, and accounting.

Patient Demographics

Spartanburg County Population by Gender 2000

Male = 140,041 (48.5%)

Female = 148,704 (51.5%)

Population by Race 2000

White 74.9%
Black 20.9%
American Indian & Alaskan Native .4%
Asian 2.2%
Hispanic/Latino 6.1%
Two or More Races 1.5%
Total 288,745

Other Information

Spartanburg Medical Research currently has the following listed trials actively enrolling at this time.

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Osteoporosis

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