NIRA (Northern Indiana Research Alliance), an
affiliate of Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C. is
an independent clinical research center that conducts clinical
research trials for the pharmaceutical and medical device
Our Research Department has participated in several clinical
pharmaceutical and device studies and is dedicated to conducting
quality research. We have been involved in trials of new agents for
the treatment of diabetes, atrial fibrillation, ventricular
arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, angina, hypertension,
unstable coronary syndromes and acute myocardial infarction. Device
studies have included implantation of coronary artery stents for
the treatment of coronary artery disease.
NIRA is located within the same complex as
Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C.. All study
related procedures are performed here, or at Lutheran Hospital,
adjacent to our facility.
Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C. is a leader
in regional medical advances. For example, we performed the first
balloon angioplasty and the first atherectomy in northeast Indiana.
We were also part of the team that performed the first heart
transplant in this region at Lutheran Hospital.
In addition to providing comprehensive, cutting edge treatments
for our patients, we are committed to preventive care and have
established a complete line of preventive services. These programs
are offered in a variety of settings, ranging from individual
consultation to employee wellness programs for large
Robert E. Swint, M.D., F.A.C.C., serves as the
Medical Director of NIRA. He is also the President and founding
member of Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C. Dr.
Swint was the first board-certified cardiologist in Ft. Wayne and
the surrounding region when he arrived in 1977, and performed the
first heart catheterization in Northeast Indiana. Dr. Swint is
board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and
Peter C. Hanley M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.C.P.,
joined Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C. in May
1990, and created the Research Department 1993. He remains active
as advisor. Dr. Hanley is board certified in Internal Medicine,
Cardiovascular Diseases, and Critical Care Medicine.
Steven W. Orlow, M.D., F.A.C.C., joined
Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C. in July 1990. He
heads our interventional cardiology program. Dr. Orlow has
participated as principal investigator in several medical device
studies during his tenure at our facility. Dr. Orlow is board
certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases.
Kent Farnsworth, M.D., joined Medical
Group of Fort Wayne, P.C.in December 1996. He currently
serves as chairman of the Lutheran Health Network Institutional
Review Board. Dr. Farnsworth is a graduate of Harvard Law School
and practiced law for five years before attending medical school.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the
American College of Legal Medicine.
NIRA holds regular bi-monthly research
committee meetings. Serving on the Research Committee in addition
to Dr.’s Swint, Hanley, Orlow, and Farnsworth, are Cardiologist,
Scott E. Mattson, D.O.; Gastroenterologist, Andrew E. Katz, M.D.;
Pulmonologist, Fred L. Rasp, M.D., F.C.C.P.; Rheumatologist, Steven
C. Behrendsen, D.O.; Chief Executive Officer, Joel Sauer; Nurse
Practitioners, Lucia Kroh and Diane Lewton; Clinical Research
Coordinator, Julie Diehl; and Regulatory Administrator Carla
Scherer. These meetings provide a forum for the review of conduct
and progress of current trials, evaluation of potential new trials,
and the discussion of regulatory issues as they arise.
Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C. continues to
add staff to meet the needs of the community. Our in-house medical
staff consists of physicians specializing in Internal Medicine,
Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, and all areas of
Cardiology, including Electrophysiology. We currently provide
services for over 150,000 patients. A complete listing of our
multi-specialty physicians and their profiles can be found on our
web site at www.heartcentermedicalgroup.com. In addition to
physicians, our staff includes two research nurses, several nurse
practitioners, a host of nurses, each specially trained in their
field, cardiac sonographers, exercise physiologists, pacemaker
nurses, nuclear medicine technicians, holter monitor specialists,
respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, laboratory technicians,
x-ray technicians, and a variety of other health care
Medical Group of Fort Wayne, P.C. is a team of
multi-specialty health care professionals focused on individual
patients. The philosophy of the practice is to provide the most
courteous treatment with the highest quality of medical care
available at a cost that is appropriate and reasonable.
NIRA (Northern Indiana Research Alliance) is
dedicated to bringing the latest medical advances to patients
through clinical research trials, including medical devices and new
procedures. It is our belief that through dedication to research,
we will remain on the cutting edge of health care science and
technology, providing new avenues of treatment for the benefit of
both current and future patients.
Our shared goal is to emphasize personalization
of patient care, prevention of disease and promotion of wellness,
and improvement of quality of life.
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.