South Florida Medical Research

Center Information

Cheryl Ahlstrom
Patient Liaison
South Florida Medical Research
21150 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180
305-931-8080 ext. 306

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Healthy Volunteers
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)


South Florida Medical Research, Inc. participates in clinical trials of new investigational medications and therapies.

Marc C. Gittelman, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been practicing medicine since 1988 and is a board-certified urologist. As Executive Director of South Florida Medical Research, he has overseen the conduct of more than 450 clinical research trials since 1992. At this multi-specialty site, our physician staff includes five urologists, one gynecologist, and a family practitioner. We're a private, research-specific facility with 5 full-time research staff members who are completely dedicated and trained to conduct clinical trials. The majority of our study coordinators are Certified Clinical Research Coordinators. Additionally, we have a strong patient recruitment department and clinical and data quality assurance personnel to ensure our processes are accurate and complete. Our spacious facility includes four patient exam rooms, three rooms dedicated for pharmaceutical company monitor use and adequate storage space.


Our trained and experience staff has over 20 years experience in the area of clinical research. We hold our ethical standards and study completion foremost as we strive to complete our studies in a timely and productive manner. Our network of qualified medical staff and the motivation of our study coordinators give us the ability to accurately and effectively complete our clinical studies.

Our facility conducts phase II, III and IV clinical trials in all therapeutic fields. Our therapeutic specialties are:

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Cardiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Sexual Health

South Florida Medical Research has worked with the following CRO, and pharmaceutical companies:

  • AAI
  • Abbott Pharmaceuticals
  • Acambis
  • Alza
  • Amgen
  • Astra-Zeneca, LP
  • Aeterna Zentaris
  • Astellas
  • Atrix
  • Auxilium Pharmaceuticals
  • Barr
  • Baxter
  • Bayer Corporation
  • BioSante
  • Blackburn
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Casodex
  • Cellgenysis
  • Clinmetrix
  • Covance
  • Daiichi-Sankyo
  • FemmePharma
  • Ferring
  • Galen
  • Genprobe
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • GTX
  • Health Decisions
  • Hoffman-La Roche
  • Hydromed
  • Icon
  • INC
  • Ingenix
  • Lilly ICOS, LLC
  • Merck
  • MRA
  • Myraid
  • Nexmed
  • Novartis
  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals
  • Palatin
  • Paragon
  • Parexel
  • Pfizer
  • Phamacia
  • PPD Dev
  • Praecis
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Quintiles
  • Radiant
  • Research Point
  • Resource Solution
  • RSI
  • RTI
  • RW Johnson
  • Schering Plough
  • Scirex
  • Sepracor
  • Serenity
  • Solvay Pharmaceuticals
  • Spectrum
  • Synteract
  • Synthelabo Sanofi
  • TAP
  • Theratech
  • Therion
  • Veridex
  • Vivus, Inc
  • Warner Chilcott
  • Watson
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • Yamanouchi
  • Oakwood
  • OmniCare

Total number of Trials: > 400


Our facility is located near Miami Florida in the city of Aventura. We offer the ability to attract an extremely diverse population. Our trained coordinators are fluent in Creole, Spanish and English. Our site is located on the campus of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center that includes a diagnostic and MRI center. Our institute focuses on phase II, III, and IV clinical trials.

Equipment on site

  • Secure Drug Storage
  • Work Area For CRA
  • Conference Room
  • Secure Record Storage
  • Centrifuge On Site
  • Phlebotomy
  • -70° F Freezer
  • -20° F Freezer
  • Dedicated Refrigerator
  • ECG
  • X-Ray
  • Urine Laboratory
  • Doppler
  • ECG Ambulatory
  • Uroflow
  • Ultrasound
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mammography
  • Rigiscan
  • CT Scans
  • Bone Scans

Closest Major Airport

  • Fort Lauderdale International Airport
  • Miami International Airport

Points of Interest

  • South Beach
  • Bay Front Park/Bayside
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Las Olas, Ft. Lauderdale
  • All of the Beaches!


Executive Medical Director
Marc C. Gittelman, MD, FACS
Executive Director, South Florida Medical Research
Executive Director, Optimal Health Miami
Clinical Director, Uro-Medix
Director, Miami Center for Sexual Health
Voluntary Asst. Professor, University of Miami

Principal Investigator(s):

George Munoz, M.D. Rheumatology

Scott R. English, M.D. FP Family Medicine

Jeff Gelblum, M.D. Neurology

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mark A. Firestone, MD, FACOG

American Board of Urology
Marc C. Gittelman, MD, FACS

Eric M. Spivack MD Cardiology and Internal Medicine


Staff Yrs of Research & Medical field Experience
Sayonara Nunez, CCRC
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
23 yrs of Research
Phillippa McCartney, RMA, CPT
Medical Assistant / Clinical Research Coordinator
13 yrs of Research
Cheryl Ahlstrom
Patient Recruitment Manager
20 yrs of Research
Amy Gittelman, MS,ARNP, BC, CCRC
Clinical Research Director
20 yrs of Research
Valentine Jean-Baptiste, AS, CRC 7 yrs of Research


Miami is considered the main attraction in the state of Florida. We are located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale next to the newly remodeled Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. At South Florida Medical Research, we have established a culturally diverse patient database. This includes Caucasian, African American, Asian, and Hispanic patients of various ages.

    Age Group


Other Contact Information: Amy Gittelman MS, ARNP, BC, CCRC
305-931-8080 ext. 305

Contact Center

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