Research Center Profile:
Columbus Center for Women's Health Research

Center Information

Miriam Portman, MD
Clinical Research Site Manager
Columbus Center for Women's Health Research
99 N. Brice Rd. Suite 120
Columbus, OH 43213
614-861-6707 or 888-790-5534 (toll-free)
614-861-6335 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)

Center Overview

The Columbus Center for Women's Health Research is an independent research center associated with Portman Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, Inc. We are dedicated to bringing the latest opportunities in medical advances to women of central Ohio. Our experienced site integrates an established, well-respected private practice with a state of the art research center, focused on the diagnosis and treatment of health issues unique and common to women.

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Clinical Research Experience

Our research center has been conducting phase II-IV trials since 1997. We have worked on nearly 70 clinical trials with numerous pharmaceutical companies including:

  • Pfizer
  • Merck
  • Organon
  • Wyeth-Ayerst
  • Neurocrine
  • Meditrina
  • Warner-Chilcott
  • Parke-Davis
  • Shering Plough
  • Berlex/Bayer
  • Duramed/Barr
  • Prasco
  • Wyeth

Our areas of research have included the following:

  • hormone replacement therapy
  • osteoporosis prevention
  • cholesterol lowering
  • perimenopause
  • dysmenorrhea
  • acne treatment with OCP's
  • family planning
  • fibroids
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • vaginitis
  • obesity
  • hypoactive sexual desire disorder
  • endometriosis
  • menopause

Facility Description

The Columbus Center for Women's Health Research is located on the east side of Columbus, Ohio near the campus of Mount Carmel East Hospital. Our research center is a private freestanding institution, but we have access to all of the hospital facilities including: mammography, bone densitometry, and spinal radiography.

Our center is located on the first floor of a beautiful, new office building which includes a waiting room, reception area, 5 exam rooms, private interviewing areas, a procedure room with a vaginal ultrasound and endometrial biopsy suite, and a lab draw room with centrifuges and freezers, a locked storage room, coordinator work areas, a reserved monitor's desk, as well as ample storage space.

Our location is very well-situated, right off of I-270 and Broad Street, only minutes from the Columbus Airport, with plenty of available free parking. The site is also on main bus lines.

Investigator Experience

David J. Portman, MD

Dr. Portman is in the private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology with Portman OB/GYN and is the Principal Investigator at the Columbus Center for Women's Health Research. In addition he is the Director of the Menopause Center of Columbus and is a Clinical Instructor at Ohio State University. Dr. Portman received a BA from Northwestern University and an MD from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ohio State University Hospitals. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Board certified by the American board of OB/GYN, a member of the North American Menopause Society and a member of the International Menopause Society.

Dr. Portman founded the Columbus Center for Women's Health Research in 1997 and since then has been conducting many clinical studies in hormone therapy, osteoporosis, contraception, endocrine and heart disease and other issues pertaining to OB/GYN. In addition, he is recognized as one of the country's leading experts in menopause and the treatment options available to women today. He has lectured extensively around the country on this and related talks, and consults widely on issues related to Women's Health.

Staff Expertise

Our Research Center is staffed with Clinical Research Coordinators who are either registered nurses or have strong medical background experience. All Clinical Coordinators are well trained in GCP’s. We a have a phlebotomist on staff and a Budgets and Regulatory Specialist.

Miriam Portman, MD
Clinical Research Site Manager/ Sub-Investigator

M. Randy Bressler, DO

Catherine Goddard, BS, MA, CRC

Lindsay Newton, CRC

Cheryl Max, BS, CRC

Mary Hanke, BA
Primary Recruiter/Data Specialist

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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.