Cheryl Zinar, RN, BSN
Director of Clinical Research
Urologic Consultants of Southeastern Pennsylvania
One Presidential Blvd., Suite 115
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Urologic Consultants of Southeastern Pennsylvania is a practice of 18 physicians with extensive experience in treating all urologic problems, including incontinence, sexual disorders, enlarged prostate, urologic cancers and women’s urology. The practice has a diverse patient population of men and women. Physicians in the practice teach at three local universities and all participate in research studies. Our principal investigator has more than 25 years experience. UC has offices throughout the Philadelphia region, but all studies are conducted at our easily accessible Bala Cynwyd location. Our director of clinical research also participates in hands-on care. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality, holistic care in a state-of-the-art practice dedicated to advancing medicine through research.
Urologic Consultants of Southeastern Pennsylvania has conducted more than 100 phase II-IV clinical research studies in urology and urologic cancer since 2001. Study areas have included:
We have worked with the following sponsors:
We have worked with the following CROs:
We offer a state-of-the-art outpatient facility that combines high-tech care with compassion and comfort.
We are centrally located and easily accessible by car and public transportation. Patient transportation can be provided from our other practice locations. There is ample free parking.
We have a direct relationship with Hahnemann Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center for studies requiring a hospital setting.
Our facility includes:
Principal investigator: Laurence H. Belkoff, DO, MSc, FACOS
Dr. Belkoff is chairman of the department of specialty surgeries and the division of urology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is associate urology residency director at PCOM and Hahnemann University Hospital, and is a clinical professor at PCOM and Drexel University at Hahnemann. Leadership positions include president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He has also held leadership positions at the former City Avenue and Medical College of Pennsylvania hospitals including president and medical director roles.
Clinical research has been an important component of Dr. Belkoff's practice. He has been the principal investigator of numerous research studies and oversees the clinical research department of Urologic Consultants of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has co-authored many scientific articles and poster sessions. Dr. Belkoff has a special interest and expertise in radiation therapy for prostate cancer. He is board certified.
Melanie Amster, MD
Dr. Amster specializes in female urinary tract disorders, including urinary incontinence and pelvic floor prolapse, voiding dysfunction, recurrent urinary tract infection, interstitial cystitis and kidney stones. She has been named a top doctor by U.S. News and World Report, Castle Connolly and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Amster earned her medical degree at Hahnemann University School of Medicine and completed her residency at New York Medical College, where she was chief resident in the urology department. She is board-certified in urology.
Dennis R. Braun, MD
Dr. Braun has practiced in Montgomery County for 20 years. His interests span the gamut of urologic care including treatment of urologic cancers, urinary infections and obstruction, prostate enlargement, urinary incontinence, stone disease, erectile dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain. He emphasizes a collaborative approach to patient care that is highly individualized to the patient's concerns about medical and surgical treatment. He is board certified.
Phillip C. Ginsberg, DO, JD
Dr. Ginsberg is chair of the division of urology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, clinical professor of urology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and urology residency program director at PCOM and Einstein. He has served as president of the medical staff at Einstein and president of the National Osteopathic Urology Discipline. Dr. Ginsberg has authored several book chapters and multiple scientific articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He is a licensed Pennsylvania attorney, practicing part-time in health care law. He is board certified.
Richard Harkaway, MD
Dr. Harkaway is an attending urologist at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Special interests include treating benign and malignant diseases of the prostate, erectile dysfunction, voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence. He has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and an additional 60 academic abstracts. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on BPH and is a sought-after speaker and moderator on this topic for high-level meetings in urology. He offers patients a multitude of options for benign prostate disease and prostate cancer. Dr. Harkaway is board certified.
Stuart M Kremer, DO, FACOS
Dr. Kremer was formerly chairman of the department of urology and chairman of the board of directors at Central Montgomery Medical Center. He has received a Volunteer Achievement Award and an Honor Citation from the American Cancer Society. Dr. Kremer has authored several publications, serves as the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials, and has lectured extensively to both the professional and public sectors. He is board certified.
Samuel J. Manfrey, DO, MSc
Dr. Manfrey has been in practice in the Philadelphia area for more than 25 years. He has served as chairman of surgery and urology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he actively participates in the urological residency program. He has had advanced training in treatment of stone disease, erectile dysfunction, incontinence and BPH as well as other urological diseases. He is board certified and widely published.
Noah May, DO
Dr. May provides care for all kinds of urologic problems, from simple to the most complex. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a master's degree in biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University. He received his osteopathic medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an osteopathic rotating internship at Mercy Suburban Hospital and urology residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Albert Einstein Medical Center. He is trained in laparoscopy and robotic surgery.
Michelle Persun, MD
Dr. Persun sees men and women for all urological concerns. She has a special interest in women's urology, especially stress incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, urinary tract infections and interstitial cystitis. She emphasizes a comprehensive and supportive approach to treatment. Dr. Persun has lectured and published on a variety of urology topics. Dr. Persun is board certified.
Brian D. Rosenthal, DO, FACOS
Dr. Rosenthal serves on the board of directors of Mercy Suburban Hospital, where he is chief of urology and urologic surgery and director of minimally invasive robotic surgery. He has presented at national meetings and is the author of numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has received many awards including the Pfizer Scholars in Urology award for excellence in urology.
Dr. Rosenthal has a special interest in robotics and minimally invasive urologic surgery for tumors of the kidney, ureter and prostate as well as non-malignant urologic diseases. He is a certified instructor and proctor in robotic surgery, and is one of a few urologists in the area to perform in-office laser prostate surgery for BPH. Dr. Rosenthal is board certified and has been named a top doctor by Philadelphia magazine, U.S. News and World Report and Main Line Today.
Tia Schellato, DO
Dr. Schellato's urologic interests include comprehensive female health, female urology, sexual health, voiding dysfunction and urodynamics. She treats pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, sexual dysfunction and other urologic problems in men and women. She is trained in laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr. Schellato is board certified.
Lawrence Solish, MD
Dr. Solish has served as chief of the department of urology at Temple East since 1975. Past positions include director of the department of urology at Episcopal Hospital, president, vice president and secretary/treasurer of the medical staff and member of the board of directors at Northeastern Hospital, and clinical instructor in urology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is board certified.
Susan Tarry, MD, FACS
Dr. Tarry treats all urologic diseases and conditions and specializes in reconstructive and robotic surgery. She is focused on the three pillars of an effective urology practice: treating patients, the medical training of physicians and medical research. She has received awards and grants in each of these areas in addition to an award for her volunteer medical service in Uganda. Dr. Tar-ry is Director of Reconstructive Urology Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, and is board-certified in urology.
Principal Investigator, Dr. Laurence Belkoff has more than 25 year of experience. He is Chairman, Dep't of Specialty Surgeries and Division of Urology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Past President of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.
Cheryl Zinar, RN, BSN
Director of clinical research
Cheryl has been an integral part of this practice since 2001. Her responsibilities include directing and conducting all managerial and operational aspects of all clinical trials. She also supervises research staff on a daily basis, including managerial support of both direct patient care and assessment of research subjects before, during and after study enrollment. Cheryl supports research compliance, giving regulatory direction to study staff. She communicates research issues up the administrative command, and works towards resolution. She develops and sustains an environment that supports excellence in clinical research practice and research patient care. Cheryl has been actively involved in more than 100 urology clinical trials. Prior to joining Urologic Consultants, she was an intensive care nurse for 12 yrs.
Our experienced team includes five RNs and dedicated electronic data capture staff. Our director is actively involved in patient care, and all clinical professionals are prepared and qualified to work on every study.
Principal investigator Dr. Laurence Belkoff has more than 25 years of experience. He is chairman, department of specialty surgeries and division of urology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and past president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.
Cheryl Zinar, RN, BSN Director of clinical research, has been an integral part of this practice since 2001. Her responsibilities include directing and conducting all managerial and operational aspects of all clinical trials. She also supervises research staff on a daily basis, including managerial support of both direct patient care and assessment of research subjects before, during and after study enrollment. Cheryl supports research compliance, giving regulatory direction to study staff. She communicates research issues up the administrative command, and works toward resolution. She develops and sustains an environment that supports excellence in clinical research practice and research patient care. Cheryl has been actively involved in more than 100 urology clinical trials. Prior to joining Urologic Consultants, she was an intensive care nurse for 12 years.
Other staff members:
Kathy Markopoulos, RN, BSN, study coordinator- Involved in urology and clinical research since 2006
Genine Jenson, RN, study coordinator- Involved in urology and clinical research since 2008
Nicole Flaherty, RN, study coordinator - Worked in urology since 2009
Kelly Liberatore, regulatory specialist- Part of the UCSEPA research team since 2016
Alyssa Lare, BS, research assistant- Part of the UCSEPA research team since 2017
We work with a diverse patient population. Approximately 65 percent of our patient population is African American. We have demonstrated success with enrolling African-American patients in clinical trials. Our practice also includes Hispanic and Russian patients.
We use a central IRB that meets three times a week for quick approval. We have a direct relationship with Hahnemann Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center for studies requiring a hospital setting.