Care Access Research, Salt Lake City

Center Information

Ahmad Namvargolian
Director of Operations
Care Access Research, Salt Lake City
1220 E 3900 S, Suite 3K
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
617.841.7406 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine

Center Overview

Care Access Research, Salt Lake City is an independent Gastroenterology research center specializing in Phase II – IV clinical trials. We are integrated with the private practice of our investigators and are conveniently located in the heart of Salt Lake City, where we serve a population of over 180,000 people. With the ability to treat a broad range gastrointestinal conditions, we continue in our mission to make clinical trials an accessible care option for all patients.

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 10+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 25+
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 100%
EDC Capabilities: Yes

Staff Certifications
Number of Certified CRCs: 3

ACRP Certifications
Number of ACRP Certified CRCs: 2
Number of ARCP Certified PIs: 3

Clinical Research Experience

Our dedicated research staff has over 50 combined years of research experience. Our gastroenterology experience includes Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophic Esophagitis, and C. difficile. Additional areas of interest include but are not limited to NASH, Barrett’s esophagus, and H. pylori.

Facility Description

We offer convenient outpatient facilities with on-site blood draws, IV infusion capabilities, as well as dedicated pharmacy staff. Our waiting area is spacious and comfortable providing a TV, reading materials, snacks, and beverages for our patients and visitors.

Our dedicated research space includes multiple exam rooms and a locked, temperature monitored ambient, refrigerated, and frozen IP storage area. The facility maintains a locked study document storage area as well as a comfortable monitoring area with access to telephone, copier, fax, and high speed internet connection.

Dedicated research equipment includes a centrifuge, -20oF locked freezer, locked refrigerator, locked drug storage cabinet, ECG machine, back-up power with power outage alarm, blood pressure and vitals unit, and crash cart.

In addition to our Gastroenterologist research team, our site maintains relationships with radiologists, endoscopy facilities, and cardiologists.

Investigator Experience

Peder J. (PJ) Pedersen, MD, Principal Investigator: Recognized as a top enroller in multiple trials, Dr. Pedersen is a gastroenterologist practicing for over 25 years at multiple office locations; over 6 of these years he has been active in clinical research. He has affiliations with multiple local hospitals and is currently the President of Utah Gastroenterology. Dr. Pedersen is invested in the future of medicine through his research activities as well as an active educator for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association of America.

Ronald Joseph, MD, Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph is a board-certified gastroenterologist that has been in practice for over 30 years; over 6 years active in clinical research. He has multiple hospital affiliations and is always looking for the safest, most effective solution for each patient’s ailment.

Christopher Maxwell, MD, Sub-Investigator: Dr. Maxwell is a board-certified gastroenterologist with over 10 years experience in clinical practice. He works alongside Dr. Joseph and Dr. Pedersen to provide high quality care to their research patients.

Staff Expertise

Sue Griffiths, CCRC, Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Coordinator: Sue is an experienced Medical Assistant and research coordinator with over 20 years of experience in clinical research and participation in over 50 clinical trials. Active in the local ACRP chapter as President, she is highly involved in the research community. She has been recognized by sponsors as a top enroller and has partnered with sponsors to assist with protocol development.

Diana Hernandez, CCRC, Clinical Research Coordinator: Diana is a highly experienced Clinical Research Coordinator with over 10 years experience in clinical research and participation in over 25 clinical trials. She is highly experienced across multiple treatment areas and is also a Certified Spanish Medical Interpreter.

Jamie Hansen, Medical Assistant, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator: Jamie is a highly experienced medical assistant with over 5 years of experience working with gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. She is capable of performing on-site lab processing, ECG’s, and is GCP certified.

In addition to our experienced research coordinator, we have an IV infusion specialist, two pharmacists, multiple medical assistants, and support staff available.

Other Information

Our PI’s are well respected in the community with a long-standing reputation of providing high-quality care to their patients. Our site has a large patient database and ability to pool from over 30 physicians within the private practice. Additionally, we maintain relationships with local hospitals, endoscopy centers, specialists, and other gastroenterologists, helping us to maintain a large recruitment potential.

We have dedicated support staff for budget and contract negotiations, regulatory submissions to central IRB’s, patient recruitment, equipment management, and IT support. We benefit from the additional capabilities provided by the Care Access Research national network of sites.

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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.