Los Alamitos Cardiovascular

Center Information

Ria Y. Ronquillo, MS
Clinical Research Project Manager
Los Alamitos Cardiovascular
5300 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
USA
562-430-7533, EXT. 223
562-431-3479 (fax)
riar@losalcardio.com
www.losalcardio.com
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Devices

Center Overview

Los Alamitos Cardiovascular is located in the City of Los Alamitos, California, and is a private practice that has been serving patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties for over 38 years. We have six ABIM board-certified cardiologists on staff representing every major subspecialty of cardiology—including interventional cardiology and electrophysiology. Our physicians have privileges at most area hospitals including Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

On site, our medical practice provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art cardiovascular testing and medical services. Since 2011, we have maintained a gold seal of accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). In addition to out-patient procedures, our physicians are relied upon throughout the region to perform the latest coronary, peripheral and electrophysiological interventions including electronic device implantations. We are a group of cardiovascular specialists committed to positive outcomes and providing our patients with the kind of care each one of us wants for our own families.

Clinical Research Experience

Our group has extensive experience in both clinical trials and observational studies, as well as the management of related medical data and trial protocols and reporting procedures.

Active subjects in database: 20,000+

Regulatory submission: 3 business days

We have been involved in Phase II, III, and IV clinical research services for the pharmaceutical, nutritional, and medical device industries. Our site can use either our local IRB or a Central IRB, and we employ a research project manager full-time.

Our studies have been in the following therapeutic areas:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Angina
  • Antiplatelet Therapy
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Ischemia
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis
  • Electrophysiology and Medical Devices
  • Heart Failure
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease

Our clinical trial sponsors and affiliates include, but are not limited to the following Sponsors and CRO’s:

  • Amgen
  • ICON Clinical Research
  • AstraZeneca
  • Janssen Scientific Affairs
  • Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, LLC
  • Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Lilly/DCRI
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Medtronic
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Merck
  • Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co.
  • National Institute of Health
  • CVRx, Inc
  • National Lung, Blood and Heart Institute
  • Daiichi-Sankyo Pharmaceuticals
  • Novartis
  • Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Evidera
  • Sanofi
  • Gilead
  • St. Jude Medical Center
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Takeda
  • Hoffmann- LaRoche Genentech
  • TIMI Study Group
  • Yale Medical School
  • Facility Description

    Los Alamitos Cardiovascular is situated about a mile east of the Los Alamitos Medical Center campus and in close proximity to a number of important area hospitals including Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Our location is easily accessible from the 405 and 605 freeways and our patients enjoy the convenience of having most tests performed right in our offices. Free parking is available on premises Along with a full-service, on-site lab, our practice encompasses a complete spectrum of out-patient cardiovascular diagnostic testing, services and clinics including:

    • 24-Hour and Event Monitoring
    • Echocardiogram, Resting
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Exercise Stress Tests- Treadmill: Nuclear and Echocardiogram
    • Pacemaker Clinic
    • Lipid Management
    • Peripheral Studies: ABI Monitoring, Carotid Ultrasound, Noninvasive Arterial Studies
    • Peripheral Venous Therapies including VNUS-RF®, Ablation, Sclerotherapy Microphlebectomy and VenaSeal Closure
    • Pharmacologic/Nuclear Stress Tests

    Hospital-Based Procedures

    In addition to the comprehensive list of out-patient procedures done in our offices, our cardiologists perform the newest and most sophisticated diagnostic invasive, interventional, and electrophysiological procedures in Long Beach/Orange County area hospitals such as:

    • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
    • Coronary Angiography/Angioplasty/Stent
    • Dobutamine Tests: Echocardiogram and Nuclear
    • Echocardiograms: Bubble Study Contrast, Transesophageal (TEE)
    • Electrophysiology Studies and Ablations
    • Implantations: Permanent Pacemaker, BIV ICD, ICD, Loop Recorders
    • MUGA Scan (Nuclear)
    • Peripheral Arterial Angiography and Angioplasty Pulmonary Function
    • Pulmonary Function
    • Tilt Table

    Investigator Experience


    Steven T. Forman, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RVT

    Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology
    Diplomate American College of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine: Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Steven T. Forman has been conducting clinical research trials for over 20 years. He joined Los Alamitos Cardiovascular in 1999, and became its managing partner in 2005. He is also the Director of the Performance Vein Institute of Los Alamitos.

    After completing his undergraduate studies at John Hopkins University, Dr. Forman attended Albany Medical College, then completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Forman continued his specialty training at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center by pursuing fellowships in General Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology.

    Between 1994 to 1999, Dr. Forman practiced at several hospitals in the Northeast including the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. During his association with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Dr. Forman has held the positions of Chief of Staff, Chief of Medicine and Vice Chief of Staff and has both chaired and served on multiple hospital committees. Since March 2014, Dr. Forman has been the director of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.

    In addition to seeing his work published in the American Journal Of Cardiology, Dr. Forman has been involved in a number of research projects sponsored by educational and medical institutions as well as pharmaceutical companies.

    In June of 2010, Los Alamitos Medical Center was chosen by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as one of only six hospitals in the state to participate in a three-year study (later extended), to perform elective PCIs (cardiac interventions), in affiliation with neighboring hospitals offering open heart surgery. Dr. Forman accepted the hospital’s nomination to act as its representative to the CDPH Advisory Oversight Committee. Dr. Forman’s articles on health and patient awareness issues can be regularly found in various Southern California publications.

    View Dr. Forman’s CV:
    http://www.losalcardio.com/ups/bio_forman.html



    Stuart Fischer, MD, FACP, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, CCDS

    Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

    Dr. Fischer co-founded Los Alamitos Cardiovascular in 1997. Dr. Stuart Fischer has been conducting clinical research for over 35 years. After completing his undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College, Dr. Fischer attended Universita di Sassari, Faculta di Medicina in Sassari Italy and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He completed his Medical Internship and Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Following his residency, Dr. Fischer completed a two-year Cardiology Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.

    In addition to seeing his work published in the American Journal Of Cardiology and PACE, Dr. Fischer has been involved in a number of research projects sponsored by educational and medical institutions as well as pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Fischer has held numerous chair and director positions at Los Alamitos Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center and at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where is a Founding Fellow of the Memorial Heart Institute. Dr. Fischer has many board certifications, and is active in several key professional societies.

    Since 1989, Dr. Fischer has been Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California Irvine (UCI), and for over 10 years, he has been Co-Director of the Interventional Fellowship Program, UCI-Long Beach Memorial Hospital. At Los Alamitos Medical Center, Dr. Fischer chairs the Medical Staff Credentials Committee and is Director of Critical Care.

    View Dr. Fischer’s CV:
    http://www.losalcardio.com/ups/bio_fischer.html



    Bret A. Witter, MD, FACC, FACP

    Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
    Diplomate National Board of Echocardiography: Echocardiography

    Dr. Bret Witter has been conducting clinical research for over 30 years. He joined Los Alamitos Cardiovascular as a partner in 2003.

    Dr. Witter completed his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of California, Irvine where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. Subsequently, Dr. Witter earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, then completed his Internal Medicine Internship, Residency and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship training through the UCLA-Affiliated Programs at St. Mary Medical Center, in Long Beach, California.

    Dr. Witter has seen his work published in the American Journal Of Cardiology, and has been involved in a number of research projects sponsored by educational and medical institutions as well as pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Witter has held numerous chair and director positions at Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center and Long Beach Community Medical Center.

    In 1996 Dr. Witter received his first teaching appointment at UCLA. He continues to hold that post as Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine and has since been honored for his work with students with an award for Special Recognition for Teaching Excellence, and multiple awards for Outstanding Teaching Physician.

    View Dr. Witter’s CV:
    http://www.losalcardio.com/ups/bio_witter.html


    Additional Investigators

    Ramandeep K. Brar, MD, FACC, FHRS
    Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Diplomate Board of Nuclear Cardiology: Nuclear Cardiology
    Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Los Alamitos Medical Center
    Chair of Medicine, Los Alamitos Medical Center
    Vice Chair - Credentials, Los Alamitos Medical Center
    View Dr. Brar’s CV:
    http://losalcardio.com/ups/bio_brar.html

    Robert S. Lee, MD
    Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
    Interventional Cardiology
    View Dr. Lee’s CV:
    http://losalcardio.com/ups/bio_lee.html

    Timothy O'Neill, MD
    Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
    View Dr. O-Neill’s CV:
    http://losalcardio.com/ups/bio_oneill.html

    Areas of Experience:

    • Cardiology
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    • Endovascular/Vascular/Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Invasive Cardiology
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Nuclear Cardiology
    • Patient Demographics
    • Peripheral Venous Disease
    • Phlebology
    • Venous and Lymphatic Medicine

    Staff Expertise

    Additional Support Staff Expertise:

    • 1 Full-time Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist
    • 1 Nuclear Department Technician
    • 8 Medical Assistant
    • 2 X-Ray Technicians

    Patient Demographics

    Our patient population ranges from adult to geriatric men and women and includes a broad range of cardiac indications and levels of disease. Primarily Caucasian, our practice has a growing Asian, Hispanic and African-American population that approximates current Southern California averages.

    Other Information

    Administrative and Operational Site Features Overview:

    • CLIA certified lab
    • DEA licensed
    • Dedicated monitoring rooms
    • Dry ice
    • Electronic Data Capture (EDC)
    • High-speed internet
    • Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS )
    • Off Site Storage Facility
    • Paper and e-diaries
    • Phone and fax
    • Centrifuge
    • Securely locked cabinets for patient charts
    • Temperature controlled drug storage
    • -20°C and -70°C freezers

    On-Site Diagnostic Equipment Includes:

    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Measurements (ABPM)
    • Ankle/Brachial Index Test (ABI)
    • Bioimpedence
    • Cholestech
    • Diomed Laser
    • Doppler Ultrasound
    • Echocardiography
    • 12-lead Electrocardiogram
    • Emergency equipment
    • Event monitors
    • Holter monitor
    • ICG Machine
    • Intravenous (IV) infusions
    • Metabolic cart
    • Nuclear medicine equipment
    • Phlebotomy
    • Point of Care:
      • BS (Blood Sugar)
      • Lipid panel
      • PT-INR (International Normalization Ratio)
    • Potassium Hydroxide capabilities (KOH)
    • Pulse oximetry
    • Radiology
    • Scales (full-body)
    • Spirometry
    • Treadmills
    • Ultrasound
    • VNUS® RF Ablation

    Contact Center

    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.