Care Access Research, Walnut Creek

Center Information

Ahmad Namvargolian
Director of Operations
Care Access Research, Walnut Creek
370 N. Wiget Ln., Suite 125
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 13
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 10,000

Staff Certifications
Number of Certified CRCs: 2
Number of Certified PIs: 1

ACRP Certifications
Number of ACRP Certified CRCs: 1


Care Access Research, Walnut Creek is an independent research center specializing in Phase II - IV clinical trials. Conveniently located in Walnut Creek, CA we are able to reach surrounding communities of the East Bay with a population of approximately 2.5 million people. Specializing in adult, adolescent, and pediatric dermatology, our center allows us to continue in our mission to make clinical trials an accessible care option for all patients.


Our dedicated research staff has over 20 combined years in research experience with trial experience in several dermatologic areas to include Acne and Atopic Dermatitis. Additional areas of interest include but are not limited to Psoriasis, Rosacea, and Melanoma.


We offer convenient outpatient facilities with on-site blood draw and IV infusion capabilities. Our waiting area is comfortable providing a TV, study appropriate reading materials, snacks, and beverages for our patients and visitors.

Our dedicated research space includes 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, -20°F 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 research team, our site maintains relationships with research experienced dermatologists, ophthalmologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, and PET and MRI facilities.


M. Christine Lee, MD, MPH Principal Investigator: Dr. Lee is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology with a sub-specialty with a distinguished fellowship in Laser Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery/Skin Cancer/Facial Plastic Reconstruction, and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Lee is academically involved as faculty for the Department of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of California, teaching residents and medical student, conducting research, and writing papers. Dr. Lee is cited as a “Laser Expert”, giving lectures and the author of the book The Ultimate Guide for the Best Skin Ever: LASERS, the first in a series to educate consumers on skin care and procedures.

Margaret Mayer, NP, Sub-Investigator: With over 8 years of clinical experience, Margaret is a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner that helps Dr. Lee with all aspects of her research and patient care.

Vanessa Parvez, MSPAS, PA-C, Sub-Investigator: With a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Vanessa is an integral part of Dr. Lee’s clinical and research team.

In addition to our experienced research coordinators we have an IV infusion specialist, multiple medical assistants, and support staff available.


Margie Macarewich, RN, MSN, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator and Regional Manager: Margie is a seasoned clinical research nurse with over 10 years of experience conducting clinical trials. She has experience across multiple treatment areas, having been involved in over 35 clinical trials


Our PI is highly respected and well-known physicians in the community. Our site has relationships with local businesses, nursing homes, hospitals, and primary care physicians, 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 of Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis, or to find out more about our upcoming studies.

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