Robert Hardi, M.D., CPI, AGAF
MGG Group Co., Inc., Chevy Chase Clinical Research
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite T-90
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Chevy Chase Clinical Research (CCCR) is the dedicated research arm of MGG Group Co., Inc., a division of Capital Digestive Care, the largest gastroenterology private practice in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. We have performed more than 300 mostly Phase II and III clinical trials, although Phase I and Phase IV studies have been conducted as well, since 1996 in all areas of Gastroenterology and selected areas of Internal Medicine. Our staff consists of a Medical Director, nine physician Sub-Investigators, one RN research coordinator, one LPN coordinator, an ACRP certified coordinator and other full time non-RN coordinators and administrative staff. Our goal is to conduct studies with the highest degree of adherence to Good Clinical Practice, keeping the safety and well-being of our patients foremost in our minds.
We have worked with all major Pharmaceutical manufacturers and CROs, as well as a large number of small and mid-size companies. We consistently strive to fill and overfill our quotas in most studies and we pride ourselves of the quality of our work. This is achieved by the high quality of our people.
MGG Group Co., Inc., has three offices, one located in downtown Washington, and the other two are located in the suburbs of Washington DC, within 5 miles of the city line. There are two freestanding endoscopy centers either connected to or within walking distance of each office. All offices are easily accessible via public transportation, with two locations within walking distance of the metro rail. These state of the art facilities combined with our leading area gastroenterologists, offer our patients the highest quality patient care. Our research office has ample space for CRA monitoring, CRF and drug storage.
We have experience in all areas of Gastroenterology, with most of our studies having been conducted in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Functional Bowel Disorders, Hepatitis, Sedation, Devices, instrument validation, Colonoscopic preparation and patient questionnaire studies, such as the Functional Dyspepsia Questionnaire.
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Robert Hardi, M.D., CPI, AGAF
Dr. Hardi graduated Summa cum Laude from Semmelweis University Medical School in Budapest, Hungary. He did his training in Internal Medicine at Semmelweis University Medical School, Hungary, Hannover University Medical School in Germany, and the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque. He also completed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of New Mexico Medical School, and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Cornell Medical College/The New York Hospital in New York, NY. Dr. Hardi is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has served on the Board of Credentials and the Judicial Council of the Medical Society for the District of Columbia. He was a board member of the District of Columbia Society of Internal Medicine, the national and local boards of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the Capital Physician’s Network. Dr. Hardi also serves on the faculty of The George Washington University Medical School as well as Georgetown University Medical School.
Michael J. Schwartz, M.D.
Dr. Schwartz completed his undergraduate education at Harvard College in 1973, and his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Rochester in 1977. He completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The George Washington University. Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomat of the National Board of Examiners, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia and the William E. Clark Society. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at the George Washington University Medical School.
Michael L. Weinstein, M.D.
Dr. Weinstein completed his Doctor of Medicine Degree at Northwestern University in 1980. He also completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Washington Veterans Hospital. Dr. Weinstein is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He is a respected member of the American Gastroenterological Association, serving on the national Clinical Practice Committee. As a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, he represents the profession on the American Medical Association’s CPT advisory panel. Dr. Weinstein is an Associate Editor for Clinical Perspectives in Gastroenterology, and has lectured widely on managed care and Ambulatory Endoscopy Centers. He also serves on the faculty of The George Washington University Medical School.
Louis Y. Korman, M.D.
Dr. Korman completed his medical school education at the State University of New York, Syracuse graduating Cum Laude and being elected to AOA, the honor medical society. He has been a professor of Medicine and Physiology at George Washington University School of Medicine and continues to teach gastroenterology and endoscopy weekly in the Internal Medicine and gastroenterology Training Program at the VA/Georgetown Residency and Fellowship program. Dr. Korman has been past Chairman of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Medical Advisory Committee of the National Capital Chapter and past Chair of the Home Health Care Committee of the Jewish Social Services Agency. Nationally, he has been active in the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He chaired the committee responsible for use of computers in endoscopy and has recently been nominated as a Counselor of the Society.
Donald A. O’Kieffe, M.D., F.A.C.P.,
A graduate of Yale University, Dr. O’Kieffe has been a Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University since 1988. As of 1972 he has served as a Medical Consultant to the Department of State Medical Division and the White House. Dr. O’Kieffe carried out the first colonoscopy in the Washington area in 1972. He has served as chairman of several committees of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, has been a Board member, and is the current ASGE Delegate to the American Medical Association. He is an active member of the Procedures Review Committee of Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. O’Kieffe also serves on the faculty of The George Washington University Medical School.
Richard L. Gelfand, M.D.
Dr. Gelfand graduated from the Georgetown University Medical School as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. After completing his residency at Georgetown, he continued his training at George Washington University, where he currently holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Gelfand is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Lawrence W. Widerlite, M.D.
Dr. Widerlite studied medicine at State University of New York Downstate, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He did his Internship and Residency at The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center and Georgetown University. From 1969-1971, he served in the USPHS at the National Institutes of Health, doing research in oncology and molecular pharmacology. From 1972-1974, he trained in Gastroenterology at Boston University and Peter Bent Bingham Hospital. Dr. Widerlite is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. From 1974-1977, he held an academic appointment at Georgetown University Hospital and the Washington V. A. Hospital, doing research in gastrointestinal oncology. He presently continues as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. In 1977, he joined the staff of The Washington Clinic, where he practiced until joining Metropolitan Gastroenterology Group in 2003. He has been on the Executive Committee of Sibley Memorial Hospital, and has also served as Assistant Chief of Gastroenterology at the hospital. Dr. Widerlite has published over fifteen medical articles pertaining to Gastroenterology.
Dominique E. Howard, M.D.
Dr. Dominique E. Howard completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Science at Georgetown University in 1993, and her Doctor of Medicine at George Washington University in 1997. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at George Washington University Medical Center in 2000, and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at George Washington University Medical Center in 2003. Dr. Howard is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, as well as the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, and The William Earl Clark Society. She serves on the medical staffs of George Washington University Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Kathryn Kirk, M.D.
Dr. Kathryn Kirk completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1995 and her Doctor of Medicine from Cornell University Medical College in 1999. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in 2002 and her Gastroenterology fellowship at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in 2005. Dr. Kirk is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association. She serves on the medical staff of Sibley Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kirk’s professional interests include gastroesophageal reflux disease, colorectal cancer screening and irritable bowel syndrome. Her personal interests include photography, writing, film, and sports. Dr. Kirk is a native Spanish speaker and is originally from the Washington metropolitan area.
The medical staff includes one Principal Investigator, eight physician Sub-Investigators, one physician assistant Sub-Investigator, one full-time LPN and one part-time Registered Nurse coordinators, two clinical research coordinators, as well as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and other administrative staff. Dr. Robert Hardi is the Medical Director, who also serves as Principal Investigator on most of CCCR studies. Dr. Hardi has seventeen years of research experience and was Principal Investigator on more than 250 studies. He is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and is a Certified Physician Investigator. He is supported by nine partners in MGG Group Co., Inc., who serve as Sub-Investigators. He has helped design and evaluate several clinical studies for various sponsors.
The practice itself has a database of over 300,000 patients, and a large referral base of community physicians. The Washington Metropolitan area has a population of approximately 5 million people.
We have met or exceeded our enrollment goals for 95% of the studies we have conducted since 1996. For patients enrolled in the research program, all trial related tests and procedures are provided at no charge to the patient or their insurance company and, generally, a stipend is provided to cover other incremental expenses, such as, parking and transportation.