Asheville Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates

Center Information

Kimberly Shelton, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse
Asheville Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates
30 Choctaw Street
Asheville, NC 28803
(828)-255-5206 (fax)
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Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Internal Medicine
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Center Overview

We are a private practice who also conducts clinical trials. We've been caring for patients from throughout Western North Carolina since 1979. Our 14 experienced and Board-certified physicians and 4 mid-level practitioners provide a full range of office and hospital-based diagnostic and therapeutic services for lung diseases, respiratory problems and sleep disorders. Patients have the convenience of undergoing testing in the office, including complete pulmonary function analysis, ABGs (arterial blood gases) and chest X-rays.

Asheville Pulmonary is affiliated with Mission Hospitals to offer evaluation and treatment of all sleep disorders, including intermittent cessation of respiration during sleep and excessive snoring. Mission Hospitals Sleep Center has a 15 bed state-of-the-art sleep testing lab and CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) clinic for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Asheville Pulmonary’s Critical Care specialists work in the hospital setting, treating patients who require artificial means for breathing or aggressive treatment for infection or shock.

Clinical Research Experience

Physicians in our office have been involved in different clinical trials since 2009. We are excited about significantly growing our clinical research program!

The Pulmonary diseases we specialize in include; COPD, Emphysema, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma, Smoking Cessation, Bronchiectasis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Pulmonary Hypertension and Sleep Disorders.

As part of his fellowship at Duke University, one of our physicians completed a masters degree, MHS, in clinical research (Clinical Research Training Program). He also spent a substantial portion of his dedicated research time in fellowship at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

We currently employ one clinical research coordinator with the capacity to expand.

Facility Description

Our office is conveniently located in a very large medical community in Asheville, NC. Our research is conducted in our office or in conjunction with Mission Hospital. Many procedures are conveniently done on-site such as: Spirometry, Lung Volumes, Diffusion, Oximetry, X-rays, Phlebotomy, Arterial Blood Gas testing, Exercise testing and 6-minute walks. We have a Registered X-Ray technologist on site. Other procedures such as MRIs or CT scans can also be done just next door to us at a local Imaging Facility. We also have access to a Body Box at the PFT lab located in the hospital within walking distance of our office.

Investigator Experience

The physicians of Asheville Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates are highly trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. They are Board certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

Principal / Sub - Investigators Expertise:

Gregg J. Stashenko, MD Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Masters degree in Clinical Research

Robert J. Pritchard, MD Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine

Staff Expertise

Kimberly M. Shelton, RN, BSN Manager/Clincial Research Nurse

Patient Demographics

We have a database of over 43,400 patients. We see on the average of 1330 new patients a year and 1525 new hospital consults a year. In our office we perform, on average, 3596 pulmonary functions tests, 2766 chest x-rays and 153 arterial blood gases a year.

Other Information

We have dedicated research space in our office for study related patient examinations and storage of study related materials. We have on site phlebotomy, arterial blood gas and centrifuge capabilities.

Can use Central IRB
Access to Central and Local laboratories


  • Secure storage for study supplies and medications.
  • Separate source document charting
  • Secure, long-term records storage on-site and off-site
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Full Pulmonary FunctionTesting including Spirometry, Lung Volumes and Diffusion
  • Rest & Exercising Pulse Oximetry,
  • Six-Minute walk test
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Chest X-rays
  • Blood and Urine Specimen Collection
  • Centrifuge
  • Comfortable accommodations for monitoring visits
  • High-speed internet access
  • Staff experienced with packing and shipping hazardous products

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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.