Research Center Profile:
St. Alexius Medical Center
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)
"Advancing the Future of Medicine"
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Clinical Research Services is a department within St. Alexius Medical Center fully dedicated to providing research support services to physicians within our region and the valued patients they serve. St. Alexius Medical Center is a tertiary care facility affiliated with PrimeCare, a network that includes over 150 physicians both in private and institutional practice. We have been conducting clinical trials for over 25 years. This collaboration between our experienced investigators and highly motivated clinical research team allows us to offer the latest research medicines and treatments to our patients along with the highest quality service to our patients and sponsors.
Our office consists of 5 full-time employees and provides comprehensive research services and personalized care to research patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week (in addition, 9 clinical pharmacists with residency training have extensive experience as study coordinators). Responsibilities of our dedicated staff include placement of studies with appropriate investigators, regulatory and IRB document submission, study tracking, finalizing contracts and budgets, patient recruitment, providing study coordination and completing case report forms.
Careful precautions are taken to ensure the protection of our
study participant’s rights and welfare. Participants are kept
informed throughout the course of their participation in a clinical
The mission of Clinical Research Services is to advance the future of medicine by providing research opportunities for participants, physicians, and our community and sponsor organizations. Our comprehensive clinical expertise, innovative approach and high quality are demonstrated by fostering relationships through integrity, teamwork, and excellent customer service.
The vision of Clinical Research Services is to be a leading
investigative site contributing to the research of groundbreaking
medication and future technologies by ensuring accuracy,
timeliness, and dependability. This vision supports continuing
research endeavors with numerous sponsors, physician investigators,
and clinical research organizations.
Clinical Research Services has been involved in clinical research since 1987. Our professional staff has over 200 years of combined experience in clinical trials.
Our involvement in inpatient and outpatient phase II-IV clinical and device research studies have contributed substantially to the development of new drugs and treatments for the following conditions:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Cancer: bladder, breast, colon, lung, melanoma,
Chemo-induced nausea, neutropenia, pancreatic, prostate,
brain, pain, multiple myeloma, cachexia Cardiology Device Stents
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Community acquired pneumonia
Coronary artery disease
Diabetes - Adult/Pediatric
Early stage severe sepsis
End-stage renal disease
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Irritable bowel syndrome
Migraine-- adult and pediatric
Spinal cord injury
Neurological Device Studies
Peptic ulcer disease
Prevention post-op ileus
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Our clinical research team is committed to providing:
Rapid study start-up
Pro-active patient enrollment
Clean data submission
Highly experienced principal investigators
Initial training and continuing education for all support personnel
Our reputation for accuracy, timeliness, and dependability stands above the rest as evident by our repeated research endeavors with SPONSORS and CRO’S such as:
Advanced Biologics™, LLC
Aerial BioPharma, LLC
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. (Johnson & Johnson Company)
Crosstrees Medical, Inc.
Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.
DePuy Spine, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson Company)
Euthymics Bioscience, Inc.
F. Hoffman-LA Roche LTD
Forest Laboratories, Inc.
Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (subsidiary of Hospira Inc.)
Johnson & Johnson
Lorex Synthelabo Limited
Merck & Co., Inc.
Millennium The Takeda Oncology Company
Onconova Therapeutics®, Inc.,
Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC (subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)
Possis Medical, Inc. (subsidiary of MEDRAD, Inc.)
Procter & Gamble
Purdue Pharma L.P.
Schering -Plough Research Institute (subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.)
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Tioga® Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
UCB Biosciences, Inc.
University of Minnesota/National
University of Toledo Health Science Campus Institute of Health Vical
Xanodyne® Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CLINICAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS:
AAI Pharma Services
Averion International Corporation
Cardiovascular Clinical Studies, Inc.
Clinical Assistance Programs (CAP)
Clinical Research Associates, Inc.
Clinical Research Group, Inc.
Clinical Trials Management Services
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Harvard Clinical Research Institute
Jefferson Clinical Trials Group
Novella Clinical, Inc.
Pierrel Research USA
United BioSource Corporation
Clinical Research Services offers a professional atmosphere for
our research patients and monitors. We are also equipped with a
patient waiting room, complete exam rooms, a phlebotomy station
with processing capabilities, and a secured area for
investigational drug storage. We provide a dedicated room for our
monitors complete with phone and computer accessibility. This room
has its own separate access so that our monitors can work even when
our main office is closed. We also provide wireless internet
As a department within St. Alexius Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center with 308 beds, Clinical Research Services is centered among St. Alexius multi-specialty clinics which include; Neonatology, Nephrology, Pediatric Neurology, Neuro-surgery, Physical Medicine, Rheumatology, Urology, and Heart & Lung clinic.
The medical complex is equipped with CT, PET scan, MRI, Hologic DEXA scanners, a state-of-the-art radiotherapy Cancer Care Center, an accredited sleep laboratory, an outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis center, and regional laboratory services. It also offers full electrophysiologic and interventional cardiology labs.
Clinical Research Services is also easily accessible by public transportation. We are only 10 minutes from Bismarck International Airport, which is serviced by several major airlines.
Bilal Ahmed, MD
Area of Expertise: Endocrinology Jeffrey Orchard, MD
Area of Expertise: Family Medicine Shelly Seifert, MD
Area of Expertise: Family Medicine Patricia Bramati, MD
Area of Expertise: Family Medicine Jason Moe, MD
Area of Expertise: Family Medicine Shelley Killen, MD
Area of Expertise: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Steven Scherr, MD
Area of Expertise: Family Medicine Robert Tanous, DO
Area of Expertise: Internal Medicine Earl Dunnigan, MD
Area of Expertise: Nephrology Ralph T. Dunnigan, MD
Area of Expertise: Neurology Syed Hyder, MD
Area of Expertise: Neurology Chatree Wongjirad, MD
Area of Expertise: Neurology John Witt, MD
Area of Expertise: Obstetrics/Gynecology Jerry Obritsch, MD
Area of Expertise: Obstetrics/Gynecology Shannon Bradley, MD
Area of Expertise: Obstetrics/Gynecology Jan Bury, MD
Area of Expertise: Obstetrics/Gynecology Thomas Hutchens, MD
Area of Expertise: Obstetrics/Gynecology Rhonda Rae Schafer-McLean, MD
Area of Expertise: Obstetrics/Gynecology Marissa Ann Wisdom, MD
Area of Expertise: Obstetrics/Gynecology Carla Zacher, MD
Area of Expertise: Pediatrics Siriwan Kriengkrairut, MD
Area of Expertise: Pediatric Neurology Somsak Kriengkrairut, MD
Area of Expertise: Pulmonology Monica Paulo, MD
Area of Expertise: Pulmonology Nowarat Songsiridej, MD
Area of Expertise: Rheumatology Stan T. Diede, MD
Area of Expertise: Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine Keith R. Happel, MD
Area of Expertise: Internal Medicine Paul E. Jondahl, MD
Area of Expertise; Family Practice Mustafa Kathawala, MD
Area of Expertise: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine Julie M. Schwartz, MD
Area of Expertise: Internal Medicine Craig Degree, PhD
Area of Expertise: Psychology Brian J. Hebert, MD
Area of Expertise: Internal Medicine Robert G. Oatfield, MD
Area of Expertise: Cardiology Carmen Ilie, MD
Area of Expertise: Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Matthew Nelson, MD
Area of Expertise: Cardiology Nicholas Mahr, MD
Area of Expertise: Cardiology Richard Arazi, MD
Area of Expertise: Neurology Vijay Phooshkooru Rao, MD
Area of Expertise: Oncology Jayaram Subbarao Bharadwaj, MD
Area of Expertise: Oncology Nicholas Henry Neumann, MD, MMM, FACP,FCP, CHE
Area of Expertise: Pulmonology Jeffrey Eugene Hostetter, MD
Area of Expertise: Internal Medicine Michael Ray Brown, MD, PhD, FACS
Area of Expertise: Cardiothoracic Surgery Michael Booth, MD, PhD
Area of Expertise: Cardiothoracic Surgery Kevin Robert Dahmen, MD
Area of Expertise: Pediatric Psychiatry Troy Darin Pierce, MD, MS
Area of Expertise: Orthopedics Duncan Blaine Ackerman, MD
Area of Expertise: Orthopedics Eric Belanger, MD
Area of Expertise: Neurosurgery Donald Howard Grenz, MD
Area of Expertise: Internal Medicine John David Botsford, MD
Area of Expertise: Internal Medicine FEK Addo, MD
Area of Expertise: Oncology Supha Kijpttayarit Arthurs, MD
Area of Expertise: Infectious Disease David Harold Larsen, DO
Area of Expertise: Orthopedics Timothy John Bopp, MD
Area of Expertise: Orthopedics John Morgan Watkins, MD
Area of Expertise: Radiation Oncology Tarek Dufan, MD
Area of Expertise: Radiation Oncology Kurt Gerard Datz, DO
Internal Medicine Farhan Tariq, MD
Area of Expertise: Neurology Jessica Ruhland, MD
Area of Expertise: Radiologist, specially trained breast radiologist Andrew Hetland, MD
Area of Expertise: Otolaryngology Christopher Fukuda, MD
Area of Expertise: Urology Michelle Mjelstad Maier, APRN, BC
Tanya Patzer Guthmiller, FNP
Heather Jacobsen Bauer, RN, FNP
Cammy Schafer Olson, MSN, FNP-C
Carol Koenig Miller, RN, FNP
Jennifer Bryan, FNP/BS
Rick Hofferber, FNP-C
Brian Torske, NP-C
Dan McPherson, PharmD, BCNSP
Area of Expertise: Cardiology/Critical Care/Nutrition
27 years experience in clinical research
Deb McPherson, PharmD, BCNSP
Area of Expertise: Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care/Nutrition
27 years experience in clinical research
Dawn Mayer, PharmD
Area of Expertise: Anticoagulation Services
15 years experience in clinical research
Joan Johnson, RPh
Area of Expertise: Oncology/Hospice
32 years experience in clinical research
Kenton Omvig, PharmD
Area of Expertise: Geriatrics/General Practice
21 years experience in clinical research
Carrie Sorenson, PharmD
Area of Expertise: Surgery/Infectious Disease
14 years experience in clinical research
Dorothy Sander, RPh
Area of Expertise: Infusions
24 years of experience in clinical research
Julie Wetzstein, CCRC
16 years experience in clinical research
Dustin L. Carufel, BS, CCRC
12 years experience in clinical research
Mindy Sturn, Business Development & Regulatory Specialist
7 years experience in clinical research
Joan Galbraith, BS, RPh, Pharmacy Quality and Clinical Research Manager
3 years experience in clinical research
Characteristics of our patients include prominent northern European and Native American populations. We also have the largest per capita diabetes population in the nation. Our service area encompasses central, eastern, and western North Dakota, northern South Dakota, eastern Montana, and western Minnesota. This area is made up of a population of approximately 400,000 individuals.
Clinical Research Services has the option of using our own local Institutional Review Board or a Central IRB for clinical trials.
Our department personnel have experience in using Remote Data
If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss placing a clinical
trial there, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from
the research center will then follow up with you.