Research Center Profile:
Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates, Inc.
Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates is a private practice of physicians and nurse practitioners providing all aspects of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine to the central Virginia region. The service area is populated by 190,000 people in a five-county region served by two hospitals united under a single health care system. Our practice spans the range of care from critical care and acute care services to sleep disorders, interventional bronchoscopy and to a busy outpatient practice. Incorporating clinical research gives our patients access to therapeutic alternatives that might not otherwise be available to them and enhances the quality of care we provide.
Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates has conducted Phase II-IV pharmaceutical and device trials since 1998. Several of our physicians were involved in clinical research in academic centers prior to that time. We have clinical trial experience in the areas of sepsis, pneumonia (nosocomial and community-acquired), asthma therapy, chronic obstructive lung diseases, DVT prophylaxis and restless leg syndrome. We have been involved in clinical trials with Bristol Myers Squibb, Lilly, Aventis, GSK, Altana, Bayer, Forest, Gilead and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Located in the heart of central Virginia, Lynchburg is easily accessible by car or by air. Our office is located near Lynchburg General Hospital and is equipped for pulmonary function testing and diagnostic chest radiography. The facilities of our hospital system offer complete laboratory radiology and cardiorespiratory diagnostic services. Clinical research is conducted in our office or in the facilities of Centra Health, our community’s hospital system comprised of about 587 beds (66 ICU beds) in Lynchburg General and Virginia Baptist Hospitals.
Albert Baker, MD FCCP - board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care; extensive experience in the field of pneumonia, also experienced in clinical research of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and other aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Michael Milam, MD - board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. Clinical Research experience in asthma, pneumonia, COPD, and Restless leg syndrome.
Catherine Williams, RN MSN NP - experienced study coordinator with particular interest in chronic obstructive lung disease, asthma and smoking cessation. She has been part of the LPA team since 2010.
Our office staff includes nurses and respiratory therapists skilled in diagnostic pulmonary function testing, diagnostic chest radiography, patient education and delivery of aerosol medications.
Our service area is a five-county region in the heart of central Virginia populated by 190,000 people, with a diverse economy focused on manufacturing and service industries. The prevalence of cigarette smoking is about 30% among adults in central Virginia, and the prevalence of lung diseases is high.
Our site uses the Centra Health IRB for studies that recruit inpatients or that use Centra facilities, but we can also work with a central IRB for outpatient-only clinical trials.
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