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Research Center Profile:
Sutter Institute for Medical Research (SIMR)

Center Information

Dorothy Wullenwaber
Sutter Institute for Medical Research (SIMR)
2801 Capitol Avenue, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95816
USA
877-494-3444; 916-733-8930
916-733-8968 (fax)
SIMR@Sutterhealth.org
www.checksutterfirst.org/research
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Endocrinology
Genetic Disease
Immunology
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Nephrology
Neurology
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Oncology
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatrics/Neonatology
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology
Sleep
Urology
Vaccines

Center Overview

The Sutter Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) Clinical Trials Program is uniquely positioned at the forefront of clinical trial research in one the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, Northern California’s Sacramento Valley. SIMR’s Clinical Trials Program offers a community-based research model using multiple investigative sites throughout an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population base of over 2 million people. SIMR, an affiliate of Sutter Health, the leading integrated health care network in Northern California, established the Clinical Trials Program in 1991. It has now grown to include multiple Sutter Health sites throughout Northern California’s Central Valley and Foothill regions. With access to over 1,000 multi-specialty physicians, six tertiary care hospitals, and a wide variety of ancillary service centers, SIMR’s Clinical Trials Program manages clinical trials research efficiently through the use of Sutter Health’s comprehensive health care network.

Clinical Research Experience

With access to over 1,000 physician specialists and a 250,000-patient database, SIMR performs clinical trials in a wide range of therapeutic areas, including:

  • Cardiology
    • Electrophysiology (Pacing)
    • Medical (HTN, MI)
    • Surgical (Stent, Cath, TMR, PTMR)
  • Endocrinology
    • Diabetes Types I & II
    • Pediatric Growth
    • Osteoporosis
    • Calcium Metabolism
    • Foot Ulcer
    • Blood Glucose Devices
  • Gastroenterology
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Opioid Induced Constipation
  • Infectious Disease
    • Bacteremia
    • Complicated Skin Infections
    • Hepatitis B & C
    • HIV / AIDS
    • Pediatrics
    • Sepsis
  • Neurology
    • Autism
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Epilepsy / Peds & Adult
    • Pain Management
    • Dementia
    • Stroke
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Pediatric
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Migraine and Cluster Headaches
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Oncology
    • Peds & Adult
    • All Disease Sites
    • Infectious Diseases
  • Orthopaedics
    • Joint Arthroplasty
  • Pediatrics
    • Vaccine Trials
    • Psychiatry
    • Endocrinology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Gastroenterology
  • Psychiatry
    • Bipolar Syndrome
    • Depression
    • Panic Disorder
    • Sleep disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Pediatric
  • Pulmonary Medicine
    • Bronchitis
    • Asthma
    • Allergy
    • Pneumonia
  • Rheumatology
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • Genital Warts
    • Genital Herpes
  • Urology
    • Erectile Dysfunction
    • Prostate Disorders
    • Male Fertility
  • Women’s Health
    • Hormone Replacement Therapy
    • Birth Control
    • Pre-term Labor

Clients/ Customers
SIMR serves clients who are leaders in the pharmaceutical, CRO and biotechnology industries. Our clients include:

  • 3M
  • Abbot Laboratories
  • Advance Tissue Sciences
  • Algos
  • Amgen
  • Amylin
  • Angeion
  • Astra-Merck
  • Athena Neurosciences
  • Aventis
  • Bayer
  • Berlex
  • Boehringer Manheim / Ingelheim
  • Boston Healthcare
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Caremark
  • CCH Associates
  • Centecor
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Clinical Research Consulting
  • Clinical Research Lab
  • Cordis
  • Covance
  • Curative Technologies
  • Cyberonics
  • Eisai
  • Eli Lilly
  • Eclipse Surgical Technologies
  • Endosonics
  • Facilitators of Applied Clinical Trials
  • Forest Laboratories Inc.
  • Fijisawa
  • Genentech
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Hoechst Marion Roussel
  • Innovex
  • Integrated Surgical Systems
  • Janssen
  • KCI
  • Kendle International
  • Kern McNeil International
  • Knoll
  • Lifescan
  • Marion Merill Dow
  • Matrix
  • Mayo Laboratories
  • Medtronics
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Ortho Biotech
  • Pacific Coast Research Associates
  • Paragon Biomedical
  • Parexel
  • Parke-Davis
  • Pfizer
  • Pharmacia and Upjohn
  • Pharmaco LSR
  • Phoenix International
  • Pharmaceutical Research Associates
  • Quintiles
  • Research Services Inc.
  • Roche
  • R.W. Johnson
  • Sandoz
  • SciCor
  • Scirex
  • Searle
  • Shaffer Pharmaceutical Consulting
  • SmithKline Beecham
  • Solvay
  • Syntex
  • Triangle Pharmaceuticals
  • University of Cal Davis
  • University of Cal San Diego
  • University of Cal San Francisco
  • Upjohn
  • Vivus
  • Ventritex
  • Wallace
  • Winthrop
  • Wyeth-Ayerst and Zeneca

Investigator Experience

Davis/Woodland

  • Allergy
    Ron Brown, M.D.
  • Family Practice
    John Thomson, M.D.

Elk Grove

  • Allergy
    Mark Grijnsztein, M.D.
  • Family Practice
    Andrew Hudnut, M.D.
    I-Mei Hsiu, M.D.
    Francisco Prieto, M.D.
    Dan Fields, M.D.
    Craig Ruggles, M.D.
  • Podiatry
    Dai Tunguyen, DPM. Jessi Tunguyen-Conner, DPM.
  • OB/GYN
    Elizabeth Gonzalez, M.D.

Fairfield/Vacaville

  • Rheumatology
    George Stock, M.D.
  • Urology
    Edward Levin, M.D.
    Mark Susskind, M.D.

Roseville/Auburn

  • Family Practice
    Martin Neft, M.D.
    Hatami, Shaian, PA-C
  • Neurology
    Kristin Ashley, M.D.
  • Surgery
    Michael Beneke, M.D.

Yuba City

  • Orthopedics
    Garry Vallier, MD
  • Ophthalmology
    Pranav Amin, MD
  • Pediatrics
    Harry Wander, MD

Sacramento
  • Cardiology
    Richard Axelrod, M.D.
    John Chin, M.D.
    Shah, Sailesh, M.D.
    Zi Jian Xu, M.D.
    David K. Roberts, M.D.
  • Endocrinology
    Sallie Adams, M.D.
    Ginger McMullen, M.D.
  • Family Practice
    James B. Beckett, M.D.
    Nate Hitzeman, M.D.
  • Gastroenterology
    Abdul Khaleq, M.D.
  • Internal Medicine
    David Norene, M.D.
    Bary Siegel, M.D.
    Jody Gordon, M.D.
  • Neurology
    Richard Atkinson, M.D.
    William J. Au, M.D.
    Robert S. Burgerman, M.D.
    Andrew Fox, M.D.
    Shawn Kile, M.D.
    Stephen Knox, M.D.
    Pasquale Montesano, M.D.
    George Picetti, M.D.
    Adeep Sehkon, M.D.
    Nicole Lopez-Seminario, M.D.
    Gary Schneiderman, M.D.
    Edie Zusman, M.D.
  • Oncology
    Stacey D’Andre, M.D.
    Lisa Guirguis, M.D.
    Gregory Graves, M.D.
  • Orthopedics
    William Bargar, M.D.
    Thomas Blumenfeld, M.D.
  • Pediatric Cardiology
    Richard Mainwaring, M.D.
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
    Gnananagurudasan Prakasam, M.D.
    Ulhas Nadgir, M.D.
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
    Rachel Weinreb, M.D.
  • Pediatric Neurology
    Michael Chez, M.D.
    Amer H. Khan, M.D.
  • Pediatric Oncology
    Yung S. Yim, M.D.
    Yisheng Lee, M.D.
  • Psychiatry
    Robert Blanco, M.D.
    Theodore Goodman, M.D.
  • Rheumatology
    Carolyn Dennehey, M.D.
    JaNahn Scalapino, M.D.
  • Surgery
    Michael Beneke, M.D.

Staff Expertise

Tammy Donnel
Clinical Research Coordinator
6 years experience in clinical research

Janet Vulk
ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
14 years experience in clinical research

Catherine Mann
Regulatory Specialist
10 years experience in clinical research

Natalie Marlen
ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
13 years experience in clinical research

Cammy Rieger
SOCRA Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
10 years experience in clinical research

Debbie Jacobs
R.N., Clinical Research Coordinator
10 years experience in clinical research

Dorothy Wullenwaber
Research Operations Specialist, Patient Recruitment Services for SIMR
6 years experience in clinical research

Lori Ried
R.N., SOCRA Certified Clinical Research Professional
19 years experience in clinical research

Patient Demographics

SIMR's Clinical Trials Program is uniquely positioned at the forefront of clinical trials research in one the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, Northern California’s Sacramento Valley. It offers a community-based research model using multiple investigative sites throughout an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population base of over 2 million people.

Population (2005):

  • El Dorado County
    176,841
  • Nevada County
    93,394
  • Placer County
    317,028
  • Sacramento County
    1,363,482
  • Sutter County
    88,876
  • Yolo County
    184,932
  • Yuba County
    67,153

Total Sacramento MSA
2.09 million in 2006

Median Household Income (2003):
$46,296

Ethnicity

  • White (non-Hispanic)
    48.3%
  • Hispanic
    21.6%
  • Black
    15.5%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander
    17.9%
  • American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut
    1.03%

Source: US Census Bureau, 2003, Sacramento California

Other Information

SUTTER HEALTH THROUGH THE YEARS
What began as a hospital for the community of Sacramento in 1923, Sutter Health over the last decade has affiliated with numerous hospitals and medical groups throughout Northern California, making it the seventh-largest not-for-profit health care network in the nation. Sutter Health now serves a population of more than three million people throughout Northern California including the Sacramento and San Francisco metropolitan areas. Sutter Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) was established in 1991 to provide support to clinical trials being conducted at the Sutter Medical Center. The Clinical Trials Program has now expanded to include multiple Sutter Health sites. SIMR now efficiently manages clinical trial’s research through the use of Sutter Health’s comprehensive health care network. With access to over 1,000 multi-specialty physicians and a database of more than 250,000 patients, SIMR has successfully managed over 300 clinical trials in a wide variety of medical disciplines.

AUTOMATION-DRIVEN PATIENT ACCURAL
Sutter Health has grown up with the computer age. SIMR’s Clinical Trials Program has access to Sutter Health’s wide-area computer network and connectivity system, one of the most advanced information technology operations in health care.. In addition, to the patient database, SIMR staff carefully tailor recruitment efforts to meet both protocol and patient needs utilizing media outreach, print and broadcast advertising, chart review and physician referrals. We have a call center/recruitment service, which has been effective in screening prospective participants for various research studies.

SIMR SERVICES FOR RESEARCH SPONSORS:
The idea is quality. At SIMR this philosophy is practiced at every level from management of regulatory documents to patient care. Our dedicated investigators and staff constantly strive to make the clinical trials program successful for both the patient and the sponsor. Our experienced staff carefully screens patients to ensure they are a good fit for the study. Strict adherence to protocol and careful record keeping minimize queries. Years of clinical experience ensures the highest quality of patient care. At SIMR we want to forge lasting relationships with sponsors. The number of sponsors who conduct multiple studies with the SIMR Clinical Trails Program demonstrates our success. SIMR’S Clinical Trials program dissolves the myth that quality takes longer.

SIMR Clinical Trials capabilities include:

  • Centralized study placement and management services.
  • On-site training and strict adherence to GCP.
  • 1,000 physicians, multi-specialty managed care database.
  • Dedicated Patient Recruitment Services department including various effective recruitment efforts available for patient screening and enrollment.
  • Dedicated outpatient research and laboratory facilities.
  • Experienced investigators in a broad range of specialties.
  • ACRP and SOCRA certified coordinators.
  • Dedicated IRB with rapid regulatory document turn around.
  • Established internal marketing network for investigator and patient recruitment.
  • Clinical studies in Phases II, III, and IV.

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