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Research Centers of America

Discovering New Treatments and Changing Lives

Our mission is to be the best-in-class clinical research site contributing to the development of new medications by conducting trials at the highest ethical standards

Our Highly Experienced Staff Has Conducted Over 1,000 Clinical Trials

What is a Clinical Trial and
Why Participate?

Our Areas of Expertise

Mental Health (CNS)

We run many types of studies that are aimed to treat a wide variety of psychiatric and CNS disorders.

Mental Health (CNS)

Research Centers of America is highly experienced in conducting Phase I-III trials involving the Central Nervous System (CNS) across all age ranges. Our expertise spans from psychiatry and neurology to pain and substance abuse/addiction.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION

For individuals who are suffering from addiction, it can be very difficult to overcome the condition.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION

For individuals who are suffering from addiction, it can be very difficult to overcome the condition.

Our substance use disorder studies hope to find better methods of overcoming addiction.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE / VACCINES

A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE / VACCINES

Our expert team of industry-leading Physician/Principal Investigators (PIs) closely collaborates with pharmaceutical companies from pre-study protocol design through successful trial execution.

GASTROENTEROLOGY / HEPATOLOGY

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine

GASTROENTEROLOGY / HEPATOLOGY

For individuals who are suffering from addiction, it can be very difficult to overcome the condition.

Our substance use disorder studies hope to find better methods of overcoming addiction.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Research Centers of America’s Women's Health Division has been conducting clinical trials for over 20 years and prides itself on the ability to execute early and late phase trials.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Our expertise lies in evaluating the safety and efficacy of investigational new drugs, products, and procedures for the treatment of gynecological disorders affecting the health and quality of life of women throughout various stages of life.

SLEEP STUDIES

Up to 14 beds available for research use, 6 beds adjacent to main outpatient clinic.

SLEEP STUDIES

For individuals who are suffering from addiction, it can be very difficult to overcome the condition.

Our substance use disorder studies hope to find better methods of overcoming addiction.

Meet Our Staff

The RCA clinical team has built a solid reputation over the years by dedicating ourselves to be a truly exceptional, first-in-class, independently owned and operated clinical research site - which consistently sets us apart from the standard.

Howard Schwartz, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Schwartz is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has practiced in South Florida for over 30 years. He is now focusing on making RCA the best-in-class research site in South Florida. He’s an accomplished lecturer and has also been extensively published on many of the clinical trials in which he has participated.  Additionally, he has served as an industry consultant and on numerous Data Safety Management Boards.

Peter Ventre, MD

Founder

Dr. Peter Ventre is the Founder of Research Centers of America.  He has built a strong reputation over the years within the research community as being a diligent and insightful investigator.   With experience in more than 100 clinical trials, he ensures excellent patient care and thorough involvement in the research process.

Timothy Grant, MD, FAASM

Medical Director

Dr. Timothy Grant, the medical director of the Neurology and Sleep Medicine Divisions at Research Centers of America. Dr. Grant is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist, he is widely recognized for his work in neurology and expertise in sleep medicine.

Nelson Cordero-Torres, MD

Principal Investigator

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances and Suboxone

Dr. Cordero has delved into clinical research since starting with RCA and is currently one of RCA’s Principal Investigators. He has experience with over 50 clinical trials and always maintains abreast on current research in CNS. Dr. Cordero’s experience and leadership pave the way for success in conducting clinical trials at RCA.

Sandeep Mendiratta, MD

Principal Investigator

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances and Suboxone

Dr. Mendiratta has served as sub-investigator for the majority of RCA’s clinical trials in both the outpatient and inpatient settings for a variety of diagnoses including schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse and depression. His expertise in these areas have led to several features

Americo Padilla

Sub-Investigator

Dr. Padilla is the Chief of Psychiatry at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

His experience includes Directorship of several psychiatric units throughout the city of Miami. Currently, he is conducting numerous researches in the child psychiatric area. He is board certified by The American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in both Adult and Child, Adolescent Psychiatry.

Nelia Sanchez-Crespo

Sub-Investigator

Dr. Nelia Sanchez-Crespo is an Internal Medicine Physician graduated Cum Laude from PUCMM in Dominican Republic and completed specialty training in United States at Atlanta Medical Center with high honors. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Sanchez-Crespo has continued experience thru over 15 years of medical practice. She is an investigator in multiple clinical trials at RCA and she secures patient care thru the research operation. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Barbara Corral

Director of Operations & Sub Investigator

Barbara Corral is the Director of Operations and serves as a Sub-Investigator for Research Centers of America. She is a well-rounded Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in emergency, adult, pediatric and psychiatric medicine. She has practiced in various settings including hospitals and private practices. Additionally, she has worked on both inpatient and outpatient clinical trials and has over five years of experience working with Acute and Chronic Illnesses.

Barbara graduated Magna Cum Laude from her Master’s of Science in Nursing. She is a highly dedicated, caring, and hardworking clinician.

Maria Companioni ARNP, PMHNRN -BC

Sub-Investigator

Maria Companioni serves as a Sub-Investigator and rater for Research Centers of America.  She has practiced in various settings including home health, hospitals, and private practices.  Additionally, she has worked on both in-patient and out-patient clinical trials and has over five years of experience working with Acute and Chronic Mental Illness.

Jennifer Schwartz

Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Schwartz is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Research Centers of America. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan furthered her education at the University of Miami, where she received a Master’s of Science in Nursing.

Surisaday Mederos

Sub-Investigator

Surisaday Mederos serves as a Sub-Investigator and director of operations at the south office for Research Centers of America. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Suri has over 15 years of experience as a clinical research coordinator and worked on multiple clinical trials in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Terry Piedra, BS, CCRC

Project Manager/Business Development

Terry has over 17 years of clinical research experience. As an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, Terry was Senior Coordinator for dozens of high enrolling vaccine clinical trials. Since 2009 Terry has been managing a Vaccine Division as Project Manager. She directly oversees all vaccine trials from planning through completion and ensures the highest level of quality.

Alexandra Galvis

Director of Finance

Alexandra brings over 15 years of finance experience to the table with expertise in research budgeting.

Cecilia Mendez, Psy.D, CCRC

Business Dev/Clinical Rater

Cecilia has over 26 years of clinical research experience. Before joining RCA, she spent 7 years as an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and 13 years as a director of operations. Cecilia has been a Clinical Rater since 1993 and has been with RCA since 2019 where she is a valuable member of the Business Development Team as well as a Clinical Rater.

Gustavo Rodriguez, B.A. CCRP

Operations Manager

Mr. Rodriguez began his research career at the University of Florida with the Department of Neurology in 1996. In the last 20 years has worked in over 200 clinical trials, has served as a rater training consultant, recruitment and retention speaker, and sop training and development. Mr. Rodriguez joined in 2017 and has been responsible for quality assurance training, and day to day operations.

Monica Garces, B.S., MBA

Regulatory Specialist

Monica is Research Center of America’s regulatory specialist.  She works together with the different site departments in the preparation, organization and maintenance of all essential documents.  This ensures that all clinical trials are conducted in compliance with FDA, IRB, and ICH regulations and guidelines.

Laura Raucci, BS, CCRP

Quality Assurance/Data Manager

As the Quality Assurance and Data Manager, Laura oversees the quality of Research Centers of America’s conduct in clinical trials.

Dunia Torres

Lab Manager

Dunia Torres joined Research Centers of America in 2018 as the Lab Manager.  She oversees specimen collection, processing, and storage.  She also monitors and maintains temperature, calibration, and equipment lists.  She has worked in the research field for over 13 years and has worked on hundreds of research studies.  She is a Medical Assistant with certifications in Phlebotomy and EKG.

Maria DePombo, MD

Investigator

Dr. Maria DePombo is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who joined Research Centers of America in 2018 where she serves as a Principal and Sub-investigator. Her areas of research focus on patients suffering from Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia and substance disorders.

Inna Ozerov, MD

Sub-Investigator

Dr. Inna Ozerov is a Sub-Investigator at Research Centers of America.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical corneal diseases, with a particular interest in the treatment of Keratoconus and Dry Eye Syndrome.

Elizabeth Etkin-Kramer, MD, FACOG

Sub-Investigator

Board-Certified in OB/GYN

  • Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG)
  • Dade County Medical Association
  • Florida Medical Association
  • North American Menopause Society
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine
  • American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

Line Bohbot, PA-C

Sub-Investigator

Board-Certified Physician Assistant

  • Florida Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dade County Medical Association

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Current Trials Open For Enrollment

Covid-19 Study

Together we can beat this! We are looking for healthy adults, 18 years old and over, to participate in this research trial for COVID-19. Qualified participants will receive a complimentary physical exam and compensation.

To learn more and see if you qualify, CALL (954) 919-7723 Today!

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Covid-19 Study

Together we can beat this! We are looking for healthy adults, 18 years old and over, to participate in this research trial for COVID-19. Qualified participants will receive a complimentary physical exam and compensation.

To learn more and see if you qualify, CALL (954) 919-7723 Today!

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Committed to Finding Workable Treatments

Clinical trials are a key step in the developing new medications and procedures.   Throughout the country, there are many companies that specialize in clinical research, but over the years our team at Research Centers of America (RCA) has dedicated themselves to being truly exceptional. We are an independently owned and operated research company offering clinical trials in South Florida.

We are interested in finding and choosing the most qualified candidates to participate in our clinical studies, because we know this gives us the most accurate results. If you have lost hope in finding a workable medicine for your condition or disease, you may have an opportunity to help not only yourself, but also others with the same ailment. The clinical trials we conduct at RCA provide pharmaceutical companies with valid and useful data to help determine if a new medication may be a better treatment option in the future.