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Dr. Robert Spitz, is the founder, Medical Director and one of the Principal Investigators of Coastal Connecticut Research in New London. He is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, and maintained a private gynecology practice for over 30 years where he specialized in gynecologic surgery and the management of gynecologic problems. He is now primarily dedicated to the research site. Since the founding of Coastal Connecticut Research, 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 Coastal Connecticut Research, 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. Edward J. McDermott was board-certified in Internal Medicine in 1985, and Board Re-Certified in 2006. He has been in private practice since 1981. He received his M.D. from the Manila Central University College of Medicine, Philippines. Dr. McDermott was selected by the New London County Medical Association as “Outstanding Physician of the Year”. He has been a Senior Attending Physician at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London since 2000 and is the Medical Director of Fairview Nursing Home in Groton. A former instructor for the Yale School of Nursing, Dr. McDermott joined Coastal Connecticut Research in 2008, his research interest’s centers on Internal Medicine in all phases.

Dr. Laurence Radin is a board-certified Neurologist and has been in practice with Neurologic 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.

Diane Palmer, RN serves as Site Administrator and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator at CCRStudies. She earned her Registered Nurse degree from Saint Francis School of Nursing in Hartford, Connecticut 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.  Diane is also a UPDRS rater, and an Ashworth rater for movement disorder studies. She has well over a decade of experience in industry trials in Neurology, Women’s Health, and Internal medicine.  Diane has been involved in virtually all aspects of the clinical trial process at CCRStudies from the inception of the trial to the completion.  Her multi-faceted role at CCRStudies has also involved advertising, patient recruitment, and community outreach and education.  Diane has lectured at training conferences for research sites, focusing on clinical trial budgets and uncovering hidden costs.  She has also participated in investigator initiated trials for medical devices from patents to protocol.    Her professional affiliations include serving as a member of a variety of organizations, including the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network.  Diane is also a member of Compassion & Choices, a leading nonprofit organization committed to end of life decisions.

Kelley Sanok, RN serves our site as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Senior Research Nurse. 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.