Care Access Research, Salt Lake City

Center Information

Ahmad Namvargolian
Director of Operations
Care Access Research, Salt Lake City
1250 East 3900 South, Suite 302
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 15
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 100000
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 100%
EDC Capabilities: Yes

Staff Certifications
Number of Certified CRCs: 3

ACRP Certifications
Number of ACRP Certified CRCs: 3


Care Access Research, Salt Lake City is an independent Gastroenterology research center specializing in Phase II – IV clinical trials. We are integrated with the private practice of our investigators and are conveniently located in the heart of Salt Lake City, where we serve a population of over 180,000 people. With the ability to treat a broad range gastrointestinal conditions, we continue in our mission to make clinical trials an accessible care option for all patients.


Our dedicated research staff has over 50 combined years of research experience. Our gastroenterology experience includes Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophic Esophagitis, and C. difficile. Additional areas of interest include but are not limited to NASH, Barrett’s esophagus, and H. pylori.


We offer convenient outpatient facilities with on-site blood draws, IV infusion capabilities, as well as dedicated pharmacy staff. Our waiting area is spacious and comfortable providing a TV, reading materials, snacks, and beverages for our patients and visitors.

Our dedicated research space includes multiple exam rooms and a locked, temperature monitored ambient, refrigerated, and frozen IP storage area. The facility maintains a locked study document storage area as well as a comfortable monitoring area with access to telephone, copier, fax, and high speed internet connection.

Dedicated research equipment includes a centrifuge, -20oF locked freezer, locked refrigerator, locked drug storage cabinet, ECG machine, back-up power with power outage alarm, blood pressure and vitals unit, and crash cart.

In addition to our Gastroenterologist research team, our site maintains relationships with radiologists, endoscopy facilities, and cardiologists.


Peder J. (PJ) Pedersen, MD, Principal Investigator: Recognized as a top enroller in multiple trials, Dr. Pedersen is a gastroenterologist practicing for over 25 years at multiple office locations; over 6 of these years he has been active in clinical research. He has affiliations with multiple local hospitals and is currently the President of Utah Gastroenterology. Dr. Pedersen is invested in the future of medicine through his research activities as well as an active educator for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association of America.

Christopher Canale, MD, Principal Investigator: In practice for over 10 years, Dr. Canale is a board-certified gastroenterologist with several hospital affiliations in the Salt Lake City area. His special interests are colon cancer prevention, cancer syndromes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases, hepatobiliary disease, therapeutic endoscopy, and nutrition.

Christopher Maxwell, MD, Sub-Investigator: Dr. Maxwell is a board-certified gastroenterologist with over 10 years experience in clinical practice. He works alongside Dr. Joseph and Dr. Pedersen to provide high quality care to their research patients.


Janet Jimenez, Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Coordinator: With over 8 years in clinical research, Janet is a highly experienced coordinator. Janet has conducted 106 trials in multiple treatment areas including oncology.


Our PI’s are well respected in the community with a long-standing reputation of providing high-quality care to their patients. Our site has a large patient database and ability to pool from over 30 physicians within the private practice. Additionally, we maintain relationships with local hospitals, endoscopy centers, specialists, and other gastroenterologists, helping us to maintain a large recruitment potential.

We have dedicated support staff for budget and contract negotiations, regulatory submissions to central IRB’s, patient recruitment, equipment management, and IT support. We benefit from the additional capabilities provided by the Care Access Research national network of sites.

Contact us today if you are interested in participating in any of our currently enrolling trials for Pediatric Major Depressive Disorder and Post-Partum Depression, or to find out more about our upcoming studies.

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