Rowe Neurology Institute and the MidAmerica Neuroscience Research Foundation

Center Information

John Hunter, PsyD
Executive Director
Rowe Neurology Institute's and the MidAmerica Neuroscience Research Foundation
8550 Marshall Dr. Suite 100
Lenexa, KS 66214
P: 913-827-4216
F: 913-827-4266

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases


Rowe Neurology Institute (RNI) is a clinical neurology practice and independent clinical research site located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. RNI has extensive research, spanning decades, of both basic science research as well as clinical research. Rowe Neurology Institute is comprised of Consultant in Neurology, PA as well as MidAmerica Neuroscience Research Foundation, a nonprofit research organization. The institute is directed by Vernon D. Rowe III, MD. Dr. Rowe is an NIH trained researcher with 3 decades of research experience. In addition, the clinical research program at RNI is comprised of 2 sub-investigators, 1 Neuropsychologist, 4 mid-level providers, and 4 full-time dedicated clinical research coordinators. Our facility consists of :

  • 7 exam rooms
  • 4 bed sleep laboratory
  • Outpatient Neurology Office
  • Dedicated Laboratory Facility
  • On-site Neurophysiology
  • On-site MRI
  • On-site OCT
  • On-site licensed Psychologist/Neuropsychologist
  • On-site licensed Pharmacist
  • Ability to use central IRB


RNI/MANRF conducts principal investigator-initiated research as well as sponsored clinical research trials. We have experience in the following areas:

  • Sleep Medicine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
  • Dementia Disorders
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
  • Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine Headache
  • Movement Disorders
  • Hypermobility

We have worked with the following sponsors and contract research organizations:

  • AAI Pharma/Janssen
  • Abbott
  • AbbVie
  • Actelion
  • Adamas Pharmaceuticals
  • Alkermes
  • Allergan
  • Amgen
  • Astra Zeneca International
  • Avanir Pharmaceuticals
  • Axome Therapeutics
  • Axovant
  • Balance Therapeutics
  • Berlex Laboratories
  • Biogen Idec
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Cefaly Technology
  • Chugai Pharmaceuticals
  • Cognition Pharmaceuticals LLC
  • Covance
  • Diiachi Sankyo
  • Eisai
  • Elan Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly
  • Genentech
  • Genomics Collaborative
  • Genzyme
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • i3 Research
  • Icon Clinical Research
  • Idorsia
  • Immune Tolerance Network
  • Impax Laboratories, Inc.
  • INC Research
  • Janssen
  • Jazz
  • Kendle International, Inc.
  • Luitpold Pharmaceuticals
  • MDS Pharma Services
  • MedDay
  • MedPace
  • Merck & Co, Inc.
  • NCGS
  • NMT Medical
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Ono Pharmaceuticals
  • Opexa Therapeutics
  • Osmatica Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharma Frountiers
  • PharmaNet
  • PRA International
  • Premier Research
  • Pfizer
  • PPD, Inc.
  • Quintiles, Inc.
  • Receptos
  • Roche
  • EMD Serono
  • Saegis Pharmaceuticals
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Schwarz Pharma
  • Sention
  • SunPharma
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva NeuroScience
  • TorreyPines Therapeutics
  • UCB Pharma Inc.
  • Xenoport, Inc.
  • Yamanouchi Pharma Ltd.



The RNI Research program is embedded within the clinical neurology practice of Rowe Neurology Institute allowing the seamless delivery of cutting edge treatment options to our neurological patients. In addition, it enables our physicians to provide direct oversight, ensuring our clinical trials are completed accurately with patient safety as a priority. RNI/MANRF is located in Lenexa, Kansas toward the southwest corner of the Kansas City Metropolitan area. The 15-county Kansas City Metropolitan area is the 27th largest in the United States with an estimated population of 1,967,405. The research program is a handicap accessible medical clinic well equipped and conveniently located near major highways, and approximately 30 minutes from an international airport. The Institute operates its own imaging center, neurophysiology lab, state of the art polysomnography sleep lab, and clinical and basic science research area.

The Sleep center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The center has 4 sleep beds, and digital equipment. The staff includes Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physician, registered polysomnography technologists, as well as certified Respiratory Therapists.

Facility Amenities

  • Comfortable reception area equipped with television
  • Seven fully equipped examination rooms
  • Analog and digital connections for data upload
  • Emergency medications, AED, and supplemental oxygen
  • Monitoring facilities include:
  • High-speed wireless internet access
  • Dedicated office space
  • Access to telephone and photocopier
  • CLIA waived laboratory processing center to include:
  • Secure -20 and -70 freezers
  • Secure refrigerator
  • Refrigerated centrifuge
  • Ambient swing arm centrifuge
  • On-site dry ice
  • IATA certified staff for shipping requirements
  • Full service CLIA and CAP approved local clinical laboratory
  • Pharmacy to include:
  • 24 hour web-based monitoring of all investigational product storage
  • Customizable alarm settings for investigational product monitoring
  • Double-locked storage facilities
  • Laminar flow hood for sterile medication preparation
  • Locked storage for study supplies, subject data, and paper-based regulatory documents
  • Equipment calibration and maintenance program
  • MERGE clinical trial management system and recruitment database
  • Complete Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • COMPLION electronic regulatory system for off-site access of all site regulatory documents


Our team of experienced investigators, coordinators, and administrative professionals bring knowledge, skill, quality, and a commitment to the research participant in every research trial in which we participate. Our investigators include:

Vernon D. Rowe III, MD

Before founding the institute in 1982, Dr. Vernon D. Rowe earned his BS and MD degrees at Duke University. He served his internship at Harborview Hospital in Seattle and obtained his neurology residency training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Rowe then served as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health in developmental neurobiology. Rowe next joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical School in the Department of Neurology as an associate professor. At KU he taught and mentored medical students and residents, and carried out basic research on neuron-target interactions, funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, and the March of Dimes Foundation. The author of numerous research publications, Rowe is currently an adjunct professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical School. Certifications include: neurology and in sleep medicine, as well as electro-myography, electroencephalography, and neuro-MRI. His professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Neurochemistry. He is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, and North Carolina.

Amelia Winsby, Ph.D.

Dr. Amelia Winsby practices Clinical Neuropsychology at the Rowe Neurology Institute, conducting neuropsychological evaluations for a variety of precipitating issues, including dementia, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, head injuries, seizure activity and stroke/TIA. In addition to neuropsychological evaluations, Dr. Winsby is available for the following evaluations: medical-behavioral evaluations such as pre-surgical bariatric assessments and chronic pain assessments, mood and personality assessments, and behavioral assessments. Dr. Winsby also serves as an evaluator for several clinical trials run by MidAmerica Neuroscience Research Foundation.

Dr. Winsby completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence KS. At the University of Missouri in Kansas City in the Biomedical and Health Informatics research lab, she published research related to tobacco cessation in the military. Dr. Winsby completed both her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. She spent her internship and residency years specializing in clinical and neurocognitive assessments, medical psychology, and integrated care. Dr. Winsby has conducted research and published in the field of bariatric psychology and has served on a peer review panel for several professional journals.

Arlene T. Oshea, APRN

Arlene Oshea works with Dr. Vernon Rowe’s team in the sleep disorders center. A native of the Philippines, Oshea graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City’s adult nurse practitioner program. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She is also board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.Arlene joined RNI in 2006 and specializes in sleep medicine.

Nissa Fisher, APRN

Nissa Fisher attended MidAmerica Nazarene University and received her Bachelors in Nursing.   She then earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Research College of Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner Studies.  She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Ms. Fisher has a strong Neuro background with previous experience in stroke and neurosurgery.

Sarah Meyer, APRN

Sarah Meyer has been practicing nursing for over 15 years and has been a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 2012. She has extensive background in emergency medicine, internal medicine, cardiology and electrophysiology. She continues to study current scientific literature for treatments to improve healing of all types of diseases.

Dorsey Paul, PA

Dorsey is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She has practiced in primary care for most of her career before coming to Rowe Neurology in 2016. She has a special interest in chronic migraine and enjoys helping patients improve their quality of life with treatment. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and then earned her PA graduate degree at Wichita State University.

Tammy Tubbs, BA, RT(R)(CV)(MR)

Tammy Tubbs manages the Imaging Center at Rowe Neurology Institute, where MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, and ocular coherence tomography (OCT) procedures are performed to assist the doctors in diagnosis.

Tammy earned her Radiology degree at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. From there she attended the Interventional Radiology School at the University of Virginia Medical Center to advance her degree. She worked at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City on the stroke team, which performed interventional radiology procedures on stroke victims to greatly improve patients’ future quality of life.

Tammy also became an educator in her field by starting a Special Procedures Radiology School at Saint Luke’s Hospital. She became the school coordinator and taught most classes. During this time she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in healthcare management.

John Hunter, PsyD

Dr. John A. Hunter is a Senior Administrator of RNI and takes a strong interest in research. He completed his undergraduate education at CBC in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduate studies in psychology at Illinois State University and Roosevelt University in Chicago. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Forest Institute in Chicago. He has managed healthcare organizations since the 1970’s and has been a business consultant to both public and private companies. Prior to joining the MidAmerica Neuroscience Institute, he was the chief executive officer and hospital administrator for a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He has published research on multiple sclerosis, sleep, psychological assessments and stroke.

Abraham Rafie, MD

Dr. Abraham Rafie received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2004. Following an internship at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, he completed a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. In 2010, Dr. Rafie completed an emergency radiology fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Since then Dr. Rafie has been in private practice with a mixed inpatient and outpatient practice

Mark Varona, PPSGT, RST, RT

Mark Varona is the Sleep Disorder Center Manager and works closely with the physicians and nurse practitioners at Rowe Neurology Institute. He holds Registry credentialing with both the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and The American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is active in the field of sleep technology and his been an officer or volunteer at the state level within sleep associations.

Haseeb Ahmed, DO

Dr. Ahmed, an internal medicine physician, joined the RNI clinical research team in 2017. Dr. Ahmed attended DesMoines University where he earned his DO as well as a Masters in Health Administration. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. His experience includes the following: Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Medical Director of Blood Conservation Program, Found of Anemia Clinic, Assistant Professor UMKC School of Medicine, Author of review article, research studies, and text books.

Clinical Research Coordinators

Leigh A. Kreshel, MS, CCRC: (913) 827-4262
Lauren Babcock, MS: (913) 827-4261
Dan Magee, BS: (913) 827-4212
Carol Carrolton, CRC (913) 827-4260
Lori Rodriquez, BA, CCRC (913)827-4261


Rowe Neurology Institute uses a central IRB. The turn-around time in submitting all regulatory documentation averages 2 - 7 days. We accomplish the regulatory process in approximately two weeks with expedited completion possible. Contract budgets typically finalized within a week.

As our research studies in neurology are constantly changing, for the most accurate information on our currently-enrolling clinical studies and to find out if you qualify, please fill out the form found here.

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