Great Lakes Medical Research

Center Information

Sarah Button
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
Great Lakes Medical Research
138 East Main Street
Westfield, NY 14787
716 326 4890
716 326 4887

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

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

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 120+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 106+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 1400
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 4 Week(s)
Average Number of Total Patients Enrolled: 1500
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 98%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 95%
EDC Capabilities: Yes


Great Lakes Medical Research is a dynamic, prestigious clinical research site centered in historic downtown Westfield New York in Chautauqua County. It is a division of Westfield Family Physicians, a private family practice group established in 1979. The practice has a consistent active patient profile of ~14,000, offering Great Lakes Medical Research a diverse population for clinical trials. The stable rural population of Chautauqua County and limited access to clinical trials other than those provided at this research site allow ideal recruitment and retention. Patient/staff relationships are genuine resulting in retention rates of almost 100%.

Great Lakes Medical Research prides itself on the quality and accuracy of work complete each and every day. Our staff is not only accountable to the sponsor but most importantly to the study participant. Patient safety is our priority and primary responsibility.


Since its' inception in 1999, Great Lakes Medical Research has been involved in phase II - IV clinical trials in an outpatient clinical setting, focusing on patient care and education. The research population includes rural, urban and suburban groups in both pediatric and geriatric individuals.

Great Lakes Medical Research has participated in a number of clinical trials with the National Institute of Health, Duke University/Research Triangle, Clinical Trials Network at Columbia University, University of Buffalo Medical School, University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Coordinating Center. Great Lakes Medical Research has also worked with a number of pharmaceutical companies: Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Boeingher Ingelheim, Takeda, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi Aventis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lily,Hamilton Health Sciences, Merke & Co., Roche.

Great Lakes Medical Research specializes in adult chronic diseases and has conducted a number of clinical trials; many of these trials have been global studies with ground breaking implications. The therapeutic areas are as follows:

  • Type II Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Urology
  • Respiratory (COPD & Asthma)
  • Influenza
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Obesity
  • Joint Pain/Arthritis
  • Heart Failure
  • Infectious diseases- Influenza
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy


Great Lakes Medical Research is located near Routes 5 & 20, and Interstate I-90, potential research subjects have easy access by car. The newly remodeled, high-tech research site has exceptional equipment, space and amenities. The research space consists of two dedicated research exam rooms with access to an additional ten exam rooms upon request. The site has its own Thermo safe dry ice machine, S0-LOW ultra-low freezer (-20 degrees), REVCO Ultra II freezer (-70 degrees), two blood draw stations, one lab processing room furnished with centrifuges, refrigeration, and sink.

The spacious double locked drug storage room is temperature controlled and monitored daily during regular business hours. The training and conference rooms are equipped with hi-speed internet and phone lines used by sponsors and CROs to conduct monitoring visits.


The CEO, Dr. Donald Brautigam is board certified Family Physician with over 35 years' experience. He has been conducting research at Great Lakes Medical Research since 1999. Dr. Brautigam was joined by Dr. T Gorman and Dr. T Kitchen resulting in a cumulative total of 28+ years of clinical experience.

The investigators specialize in adult chronic diseases and have conducted 120 trials in 11 therapeutic areas.


Great Lakes Medical Research has an experienced, dedicated clinical research team that includes:

Three Principal investigators

Three full time Certified Clinical Research Coordinators

Two registered nurses

One part time Research/Administrative Assistant

Chief Financial Officer

Site Manager


The Research site is located in southwestern New York, approximately 40 minutes south of Buffalo and 30 miles from the city of Erie Pennsylvania.

Great Lakes Medical Research draws research subjects primarily from its parent company, Westfield Family Physicians. Patient demographics at Westfield Family Physicians and surrounding communities include Native American, Hispanic, African American and Anglo-Saxon. Chautauqua County, New York has a stable altruistic, population who are proud to be a part of research.


Great Lakes Medical Research has worked with all of the major Contract Research Organizations (CROs), central Institutional Review Boards, central laboratory facilities, participant recruitment vendors and shipping companies. All of the research staff are trained on the most widely-used electronic data capture systems, interactive voice response systems (IVRS/IWRS) and e-diaries. Our staff confidently embrace and welcome new research technologies.

Contact Center

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