Staten Island University Hospital

Center Information

Melissa Panzo, MSN, RN, CRC
Administrative Director, Research 
Staten Island University Hospital 
Research Department
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: 718 226 6629

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Healthy Volunteers
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview:

Staten Island University Hospital, a Level I trauma, 685-bed, specialized teaching hospital that spans two campuses and provides care to Staten Island, the New York metropolitan region and to patients from around the world. The hospital is a tertiary care, medical center with over 95,000 emergency department visits per year. Our population includes individuals from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Cardiology/Vascular Disease

Staten Island University Hospital specialized in leading-edge techniques and procedures across the many Cardiac services.  We provide the most progressive cardiac diagnostics, treatment, postsurgical outpatient care and cardiac prevention programs.  Our board-certified electrophysiologists provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment strategies for all forms of dysrhythmia and heart rhythm abnormalities. 


(Women’s Health)Our individualized obstetric and gynecologic services include expertise in a wide range of clinical areas, including maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, fertility, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, colposcopy and abnormal Pap test evaluation.  

Oncology/ hematology

We offer specialized, patient-centered care in hematology (blood disorders) and oncology, with the most innovative, comprehensive and personalized treatments available.  Our medical oncologists and hematologists have studied at the nation's premier teaching cancer centers. Under their care, you can take advantage of the very latest in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hormonal and biological therapies available today, including the option to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials


Our pediatric care is offered in settings including a children's emergency center, intensive care units, an inpatient unit, nursery and various ambulatory sites. We have extensive experience in a broad range of specialties, including pediatric surgery, urology, pulmonology, cardiology and anesthesiology. 

Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Staten Island University Hospital is a 911-receiving center. Separate adult and pediatric emergency services and a full time urgent care center, are staffed by board certified emergency physicians. Specialized services are provided in the Emergency Department continuously and include a Stroke Team, Cardiac Cath Team, and Burn Center. An on-site laboratory and pharmacy function 24 hours a day.

Research experience:

Our patients and expertise include the following areas:

  • Asthma
  • Burn / Wound Care
  • Cardiology/ Electrophysiology/ Interventional
  • Vascular
  • Critical Care
  • Devices
  • Disease markers
  • Hematology/ Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pain
  • Pediatrics
  • Pulmonary
  • Quality Improvement
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma

Facility description:

Clinical staff are available around the clock to evaluate and consent potential subjects. Coordinators are experienced with EDC, eCRF, IVRS, portals and data upload for central reading. All potential subjects are initially screened and monitored via our electronic medical record. We maintain a comfortable and spacious area for site monitoring with internet connectivity, convenient retrieval of subject records, source documents, and CRFs, including pharmacy records. Limited EMR system access can granted for monitoring purposes.

Lab: We have the ability to draw and process our own blood samples. There is a fully accredited, on-site lab open 24 hours a day.  A microbiologist is available to prepare and store isolates for shipment to a central lab. We have a -20 and -80 degree Celsius freezers available. Laboratory staff is experienced in the handling and packaging of specimens with dry ice.

Pharmacy: SIUH has an on-site central pharmacy which is operational 24 hours a day. There is also a satellite pharmacy available in the emergency department.  Study medications can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated in a secure manner.  We have experience randomizing patients to study drug assignment using an IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System).IRB: Northwell administers 1 IRB committee that meets twice a week. The IRB reviews approves and monitors biomedical and behavioral human research. We offer services in support of clinical research and compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations governing human subject protections. Our IRB committee is comprised of people with diverse clinical and professional expertise from across the Health System. Representatives from the lay community also play an important role in ensuring that the rights and welfare of the communities served by the Health System are respected and maintained.

IRB contact information:
Offices of the IRB
125 Community DriveManhasset
New York 11021
Phone:(516) 465-1910

Northwell IRB does permit the use of relying on an IRB other than Northwell through an expedited review process.

Regulatory: Contracts and budgets are all reviewed by an internal Grants Management / Clinical Trials Office. Both can be negotiated concurrently with the IRB review.

Investigator experience:

Sarah Vaiselbuh, MD,
Vice President, Research
Director of Children’s Cancer Center
Chair Cancer Committee SIUH
Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology

Barry Hahn, MD, FACEP
Director of Research
Emergency Medicine

Joshua Greenstein, MD, FACEP
Assistant Director of Research
Emergency Medicine

Jonathan Schor, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Jonathan Deitch, MD
Vascular Surgeon
Chief of Vascular Surgery

Kuldeep Singh, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Saqib Zia, MD
Vascular Surgeon

James Lafferty, MD
Director of Cardiology Services

Gregory Maniatis, MD

Marcin Kowalski, MD, MBA, FACC, FHRS
Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology

Alex Spyropoulos, MD, FACP, FCCP, FRCPC
Northwell System Director, Anticoagulation & Clinical Thrombosis Services

Terenig Terjanian, MD
Director of Cancer Center
Adult Hematology/ Oncology

Meekoo Dhar, MD
Adult Hematology/ Oncology

Qun Dai, MD
Adult Hematology/ Oncology

Alexander Bershadskiy, MD
Director of Hospice
Adult Hematology/ Oncology

Eleny Romanos- Sirakis, MD
Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology

Staff expertise:

Gina Alcide, RN, CCRC
Research Nurse

Richard Dima, CCRC
Manager, Research Department

Maria Farberov, CCRC
Manager, Clinical Research

Leen Khoury
Research Associate

Ashley Kyle
Clinical Research Coordinator

Louise Madrigal, RN, CCRC
Protocol Nurse Coordinator

Melissa Panzo, RN, CCRC
Administrative Director, Research Department

Beth Sefershayan
Project Manager

Karun Singla, MD
Research Associate

Almir Spahiu, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Lutfije Taipovic
PI Coordinator

Sean Taylor
Clinical Research Coordinator

Amanda Tice, RN
Manager, Research Department

Patient demographics:

We are always ranked among the highest enrolling sites in trials we participate in. This is because of our extensive patient population. The emergency department sees over 95,000 visits per year. All patients visiting the emergency department and outpatient facilities are screened for potential study enrollment.

An estimated that 500,000 people live in Staten Island. Our target population consists of the following and includes males and females of all age groups:

  • 75.7% White (65.8% non-Hispanic White alone)
  • 10.2% Black or African American (9.6% non-Hispanic Black or African American alone)
  • 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native
  • 7.4% Asian
  • 4.6% other
  • 1.9% two or more races
  • Hispanics or Latinos of any race made up 15.9% of the population.

Other information:

Contact Center
If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss clinical trials, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from the research center will then follow up with you.
Name: SIUH Research
Address: 475 Seaview Ave.
City: Staten Island
State: NY
Zip/Postal Code: 10305
Country: United States of America
Phone: 718-226-6629

Contact Center

If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss clinical trials, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from the research center will then follow up with you.