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Dr. Robert Spitz, is the founder, Medical Director and one of the Principal Investigators of Coastal Connecticut Research, LLC. He is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, and maintained a private gynecology practice for over 30 years. He is now primarily dedicated to the research site. Since the founding of CCRstudies, Dr. Spitz has been able to successfully oversee a variety clinical trials. He has served as a Principal Investigator on studies involving the treatment of menopause, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, osteoporosis, contraception, overactive bladder, endometriosis, atrophic vaginitis, urinary incontinence, and several others. In addition, as Medical Director at CCRstudies, he oversees all clinical trials conducted at the site. Dr. Spitz has also participated in clinical trials for the medical device industry, and has been awarded multiple patents in the U.S. and in Japan.

Dr. Spitz graduated with distinction from Dartmouth College and went on to earn his MD from Boston University School of Medicine. He holds a variety of certifications in the field of clinical trials, and has the distinction of being one of the first Clinical Investigators to pass the DIA (Drug Information Administration) Clinical Investigator Certification Exam in Washington, D.C. in October of 2003. Dr. Spitz is a life-long resident of Southeastern Connecticut and a New London native. He has dedicated over 30-years of his career to the health and wellness of the local community, and through the clinical trial process, has been a part of pivotal research to improve the quality of life for countless individuals throughout the country and beyond.

 Dr. Laurence Radin is a board-certified Neurologist and has been in practice with Neurological Group PC, since 1992. Dr. Radin, with his highly trained clinical staff, can skillfully treat and evaluate a wide variety of medical conditions of the neuromuscular system, spinal column and brain. Patients are frequently seen for conditions such as migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, seizures, neuropathies and Parkinson’s disease among many other problems. EMG, EEG, ENG Botox injections ,nerve conduction studies as well as vagus nerves stimulation studies can be conducted under the direction of Dr. Radin.

Dr. Honghui Feng brings his expertise as a pain specialist to Coastal Connecticut Research.  Dr. Feng chaired the Department of Anesthesia at Lawrence+Memorial Hospital in New London where he also served as the Medical Director of the Pain Management Center.  He was an attending physician and partner with the Anesthesia Association of New London and Co-Medical Director of Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut.  Dr. Feng is a graduate of the School of Medicine at Shanghai Medical University and attended graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston.  His postgraduate training includes a fellowship in chronic pain management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in addition to a residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an internship at Carney Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine and a residency at China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing.  He was honored in medical school as the “Best Graduate of the Year” and is a member of the following organizations: American Society of Anesthesiologists; Massachusetts Medical Society; American Society of Regional and Pain Medicine; Connecticut Pain Society; Chinese American Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Feng is licensed to practice medicine in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Alan Greenwald, M.D. received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, from S.U.N.Y. Albany.  He graduated from the Chicago Medical School, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  He completed his subspecialty training in Gastroenterology at Bridgeport Hospital, a Yale University Affiliated Program.  Dr. Greenwald is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  He is Chairman of the Gastroenterology Department and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut.  He is also a member of the American Medical Association and the American Gastroenterology Association.  Dr. Greenwald specializes in all aspects of diseases related to the liver and digestive tract, including nutrition and cancer screening.


Andrea Stewart APRN is a member of the “A” team at Neurological Group, P.C. in New London, Connecticut. Andrea’s special interests include Neuro Oncology, Stroke and brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, headaches, Epilepsy, as well as patient education and counseling. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Sigma Theta Tau, and the Headache Cooperative of New England. Andrea has also received credentials as a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse by the Multiple Sclerosis International Certification Board. Andrea successfully passed the Multiple Sclerosis International Certification Examination which tests knowledge, skills and tasks as applied to the domains of multiple sclerosis nursing: clinical practice, advocacy, research and education. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University.

Lisa Bragaw, PharmD, is lending her clinical expertise in her field to our research studies.  She graduated with honors from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy, and holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida.

Lisa’s clinical experience is extensive. She has worked as a staff pharmacist, clinical pharmacist and consulting pharmacist, as well as a field coordinator in the post-secondary educational setting in Eastern Connecticut.  Lisa also owns and manages the popular Zen and Now Wellness Studio in Niantic, Connecticut, where she serves as a Yoga and fitness instructor.  She has hosted a variety of well attended educational programs in the region and has served as a medical writer.  Lisa resides with her family in the coastal community of Niantic.

Diane Palmer RN, Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, Site Administrator

Diane Palmer RN, serves as Administrator and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. She earned her Registered Nurse degree from Saint Francis School of Nursing in Hartford, CT and has completed a Clinical Data Management Certificate Program through the University of Connecticut College of Continuing Studies and Workforce, providing her with an education on the drug development process of clinical trials. She has combined her nursing experience in mental health and clinical research training to be a Nurse/Clinical Research Coordinator. Diane’s responsibilities include recruitment and patient education while coordinating research data essential to the successful management of clinical trials research and patient safety. In the fall of 2014, Diane earned the distinction as a Qualified Dementia Care specialist which is the highest level of qualification offered by the Dementia Care Professionals of America, a branch of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Kelley Sanok RN serves our site as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Financial Coordinator.  Prior to becoming an RN, Kelley worked as a Study Director and Scientist for Pfizer.  Her role at Pfizer involved performing preclinical laboratory testing, protocol and standard operating procedures development and quality assurance audits.  Her nursing roles have involved serving as a home care nurse case manager,  and primary care nurse, playing an important role in the treatment of patients. She holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Connecticut with majors in Nursing and Allied Health.  Kelley is a Ledyard, Connecticut native and resides with her family in Stonington.  In her free time you can find Kelley participating in triathlons an biathlons throughout New England.

MaryLou Gannotti serves as Public Relations and Communications Director of CCRstudies. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Italian.  She has had an over 25-year career involving public relations, the media and philanthropy.  MaryLou plays an important role in educating the general public about the importance of clinical trials, with a focus on volunteer recruitment and community outreach. MaryLou maintains regular contact with the local community and media through web and social media updates, blogs, press releases,  professional networking, and attendance at regional events. She is an active member of the region, having volunteered with a variety of non-profit organizations.  In addition to her professional responsibilities, she has served as a member of the Endowment Committee for the Regional Multicultural Magnet School Foundation in New London, and has been an active volunteer at her parish.   MaryLou is currently a member of the Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network, the M Team, and the Southeast Senior Network. MaryLou loves her role and is thrilled to be able to incorporate her PR skills into the position.  She notes “people are at the heart of what we do.” When you hear the CCRstudies commercials on the radio, that’s MaryLou’s voice! MaryLou resides in Quaker Hill with her family.

Renee Khoury currently serves as a Clinical Data Coordinator at Coastal Connecticut Research.  She has worked with Medical Director Robert Spitz, MD for 17 years and joined the CCRstudies team in the spring of 2019.  In her role at the site, Renee works with a variety of electronic data capture systems, handles invoicing and billing matters, and is involved in patient scheduling.  In addition to her responsibilities at our site, she is a certified Reiki Master.



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