About Us

Built on Relationships.
Backed by Results.

Our Mission

To conduct high quality, ethical clinical research with patient welfare at the forefront of all we do. Our efforts drive development of medical cures and treatments of tomorrow, while fostering personal growth for team members and positively impacting our communities.

Our Vision & Values

To become the largest, most respected, innovative and highest quality clinical research company dedicated to improving health – worldwide.

Excellence

Strive for excellence and consistency in every type of research we do.

Innovation

Find innovative and ground-breaking solutions through collaboration.

Respect

Treat everyone – subjects, sponsors and associates – with respect.

Community

Base decisions and growth on striving to build a better community.

Ethics

Make the right and honorable decision even if it is the hard or costly one.

We like to say we’re,

“Built by relationships, backed by results.”

So, what does that mean?

Relationships

Professional and lifelong connections with sponsors, CROs, volunteers and others within the clinical research industry that could only be built by 126 dedicated investigators with more than 400 years of combined experience across 20+ different medical specialties.

Results

Improved efficiencies with a focus on exceptional quality and efficacy from unparalleled professionals.

Our Story

The Alliance for Multispecialty Research began in 1994 as a hub for shared marketing, business development, and best practices for elite clinical research centers. AMR evolved out of mutual respect, and out of a shared desire to not only be the best clinical research network but to be the most trusted. Membership into the AMR network was determined by a rigorous peer review, operational breadth, quality requirements, geographic location, and therapeutic expertise.

In 2017, fourteen AMR research centers combined to form a Company that is fully integrated and designed to serve as a platform for growth and expansion domestically and internationally. This new AMR is spread across the continental United States to offer improved efficiencies resulting from shared resources and outstanding capabilities stemming from a shared knowledge-base. Today, we are more committed than ever. Please watch the video below to learn more.

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Our Leadership

William B. Smith
MD, FACC, CPI

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. William Smith is the Founder, President, and Principal Investigator of VRG and NOCCR, the AMR centers in Knoxville, TN and New Orleans, LA. He is also one of the original founders of AMR. Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Nephrology and Cardiology. He has been involved in more than 1,900 clinical trials over the past 35 years. He is a frequent lecturer and author and publishes extensively.

Scott Stone
CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Stone has served in senior executive roles, primarily as a Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer, for more than two decades. A Certified Public Accountant, he has experience working with both public and private companies across an array of industries, including technology, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing. Other experience includes capital strategies. Scott has worked with Fortune 50, private equity-backed companies and closely held, lower middle market enterprises. His other experience includes capital formation, strategic planning, organizational development and exit advisory.

Jesse Hoffman

Chief Business Officer

Mr. Hoffman has more than 15 years of clinical research experience, working at a leading CRO and site organization. There, he served in a variety of leadership and business development roles. Jesse joined PharmaNet in 2007, which through several M&A transactions became Syneos Health, a top global CRO. Before joining PharmaNet, he served as President at Advanced Clinical Research, a previous member of AMR, with research centers in Utah and Idaho.

Terry L. Poling
MD, DABFM, FAAFP, CPI

SVP – Corporate Development

Dr. Poling serves as AMR’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. He is board certified in Family Medicine and started his practice after serving in the Air Force as a flight surgeon. He began conducting clinical research trials in 1991 and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Terry founded Heartland Research Associates in 1994 with five dedicated research centers located in Wichita, KS and the surrounding area and has been involved in over 1,392 trials. Heartland Research Associates joined AMR in 2000.

Debbie Dyer
RN, BSN

SVP – Operations

Ms. Dyer serves as AMR’s Senior Vice President of Operations. She is the co-founder of AMR Lexington, previously Central Kentucky Research Associates (CKRA). Debbie and her business partner, the late Jacquie Smith, launched CKRA in 1991. For more than 25 years, they built a responsive and respected organization that consistently delivered results. Debbie holds a BSN from Eastern Kentucky University College of Allied Health and Nursing and holds an active nursing license from the state of Kentucky. She has more than 25 years of experience in clinical trials and is a well-respected figure in the industry. Debbie has been recognized as “Small Businessperson of the Year” for the State of Kentucky by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Jeffrey B. Rosen
MD, DABFM, FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Rosen is the Medical Director of Clinical Research of South Florida. He has been conducting clinical research for more than 30 years and been involved in more than 800 clinical trials. Jeffrey is a founding member of AMR and is on the Leadership Council for the Society for Clinical Research Sites. He is a frequent speaker at research conferences and for pharmaceutical companies.

Our Experts

Kevin Fleishman
MD, FACOG

AMR-FORT MYERS

Dr. Kevin Fleishman, MD, FACOG is an experienced board-certified obstetrics and gynecology physician at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, located in Fort Myers. He holds degrees in biology and psychology from Duke University, received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore and did his residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, Virginia.

Natasha Bower
MD, FACOG

AMR-FORT MYERS

Dr. Natasha Bower, MD, FACOG is a board-certified obstetrics and gynecology physician at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, located in Fort Myers. She holds her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, received her medical degree from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami and completed her residency training at the University of Vermont Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington, Vermont.

Robert Pritt
DO

AMR-FORT MYERS

Dr. Robert Pritt has been in private family medical practice in Fort Myers, Florida for more than 20 years and has also been a medical director for a number of retirement centers in central Florida. He holds a MS in Biology from Frostburg State University and a DO from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Greg Flinders
PA-C

AMR-FORT MYERS

Physician’s Assistant Greg Flinders has been practicing in Fort Myers for 11 years, the past 3 with Dr. Robert Pritt in his family practice office. He holds a BS in Science from Hodges University and a master’s in physician assistant from Nova Southeastern University.

Pedro Ylisastigui
MD

AMR-FORT MYERS

Dr. Ylisastigui, MD has been in private family medicine practice in the Fort Myers area for more than a decade and been involved in clinical research for the past 25 years. He holds an MD from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba and has advanced Clinical Pharmacology training from the Institute as well as from the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.  Dr. Ylisastigui completed his Internal Medicine Residency Training at the university of North Dakota in Fargo, ND and has extensive phase I – IV PI experience.

Aurora Badia
MD, DO, FAAD

AMR-FORT MYERS

Dr. Anais Aurora Badia, M.D., D.O., F.A.A.D., a board-certified Dermatologist and Pediatrician founding the Florida Skin Center in 2001.  Her main office is directly across the street from AMR Fort Myers. She holds a BS from the University of Miami, a DO from the Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, a MD from the University of Health Sciences School of Medicine and completed dermatology training in Albany, New York.
Shirisha Vallarapu
PA-C

AMR-FORT MYERS

Shirisha Vallarapu is a board-certified physician assistant and has achieved Diplomate Status from the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.  She holds a BS in Microbiology from Miami University and BS and Master’s of Medical Science Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University.

Linda Aschom
Linda Aschom
BSN, ARNP, CRNA

AMR-FORT MYERS

Linda Aschom is the former owner of AMR Fort Myers and has extensive healthcare experience in nursing and as a Nurse Anesthetist over the past 35 years. She holds a BS degree in Chemistry/Physics, a BSN in Nursing from Murray State University, Murray, KY and has a CRNA degree from the Southwest Missouri School for Nurse Anesthesia, Springfield MO.

John E. Ervin
MD, FACP, FACR

AMR-KANSAS CITY

Dr. John E. Ervin, MD, FACP, FACR, was a founding member of The Alliance for Multispecialty Research in 1995. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, has been the recipient of multiple awards for clinical excellence, been in private practice in the Kansas City area since 1977, conducted clinical research since 1986, and in 2009 changed his focus to devote full-time to clinical research.

Dr. Ervin served as past president of The Society of Principal Investigators, two years on the planning committee for the annual meeting for The American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians, is past president and chairman of the board of the Western Missouri chapter of The Arthritis Foundation, a founding fellow of The American College of Rheumatology, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and has conducted well over 800 clinical protocols as principal investigator.

William B. Smith
MD, CEO

AMR-KNOXVILLE

Dr. William Smith is a primary Principal Investigator and CEO of AMR.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine, been involved in research for 35+ years and has conducted over 1800 clinical trials.  Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and published in clinical and scientific journals.  He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of TN Medical Center.
Richard L. Gibson
MD

AMR-KNOXVILLE

Dr. Gibson is one of our Sub-investigators and has been with our facility for 25+ years.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry with an MPH in Tropical Medicine.  He is also an Associate Professor with the Internal Medicine department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as well as consulting psychiatrist.

Michael Jacobs
MD, PhD

AMR-LAS VEGAS

Dr. Jacobs is board certified in Internal Medicine and has a PhD in Neurophysiology. He has been conducting research studies for 23 years and been involved with over 185 studies in various indications. 

Jerome Mirkil
MD

AMR-LAS VEGAS

Dr. Mirkil is board certified in Family Practice and has been conducting research trials for 18 years. He has been involved with more than 160 phase I – IV research studies in areas including Respiratory studies, Neurological, Cardiology, endocrinology, Genitourinary, Infectious disease, Gastrointestinal, Musculoskeletal, dermatology, smoking device and cessation, Women’s health and vaccine studies. 
Mark Adams
MD

AMR-LEXINGTON

Dr. Adams began practicing medicine in 1983 after graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and specializes in Internal Medicine.  In 2015, he began conducting clinical trials with AMR.

Jeffrey B. Rosen
MD, DABFM, FAAFP

AMR-MIAMI

Dr. Jeffrey B. Rosen, Medical Director, and one of the original founders of AMR, has participated in more than 800 clinical trials in a variety of therapeutic areas over the past 39 years.  He is a frequent speaker at research and medical conferences.  Dr. Rosen practices family medicine in Miami, Florida and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Ramon Vargas
MD

AMR-NEW ORLEANS

Trained and board-certified in Clinical Pharmacology with more than 40 years of experience in clinical research in multiple medical fields.  Experienced in conducting and designing phase I to IV studies and been with AMR New Orleans for more than 25 years.

Mary Bailey
MD

AMR-NORFOLK

Dr. Bailey specializes in Internal Medicine and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and been practicing medicine since 1987 upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine.

Kimberly Ellis
MD

AMR-NORFOLK

Dr. Ellis specializes in primary care and began practicing medicine in 1991 after graduating from the Nova Southeastern University. She began conducting clinical trials for AMR in 2014.

Corey Anderson
MD

AMR-TEMPE

Dr. Anderson specializes in family practice and urgent care and has been in the medical research field since 2002.  He has conducted more than 175 trials across a various indications including Vaccines, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Genitourinary, Endocrinology, Cardiology and Neurologic areas over his 19 years in practice.

Terry Poling
MD, DABFM, FAAFP, CPI

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Terry Poling started practicing medicine after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1962 and began conducting clinical research trials in 1991.  He co-founded Heartland Research Associates in 1994.
Terry D. Klein
MD, DABFM, CPI

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Terry Klein started practicing medicine after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1985 and began conducting clinical research trials in 1991. He co-founded Heartland Research Associates in 1994.
Thomas C. Klein
MD, DABFM, FAAFP, CPI

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Thomas Klein started practicing medicine after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1988. He began conducting clinical research trials in 1991. Dr. Klein co-founded Heartland Research Associates in 1994.

Tracy R. Klein
MD, DABFM, CPI

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Tracy Klein started practicing medicine after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1999 and began conducting clinical research trials in 2001. In 2005, he became a Medical Director of Heartland Research Associates.
Dwight S. St. Clair
DO, CPI

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Dwight St. Clair started practicing psychiatric medicine in 1992 after graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1999, he began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.
Shadi H. Shahouri
MD, FACP

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Shadi Shahouri began practicing medicine in 1998 after graduating from American University of Beirut and began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates in 2005.
Richard M. Glover, II
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Richard Glover II started practicing medicine in 1988 after graduating from the University of Kansas School Of Medicine. In 2003, he began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.
William R. Beck
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. William Beck began practicing medicine in 1983 after graduating from the University of Kansas School Of Medicine. In 2003, he began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.

Stacy B. Slechta
DO

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Stacy Slechta started practicing medicine after graduating from the University of Health Sciences of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. In 2004, She began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.
Robyn D. Hartvickson
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Robyn Hartvickson started practicing medicine after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2005. That same year, she began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.
Tana L. Goering
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Tana L. Goering is a family medicine doctor in Wichita, Kansas and received her medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine more than 20 years ago. She joined Heartland Research in 2014.

Troy A. Holdeman
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Troy Holdeman began practicing medicine after graduating from the University of Kansas School Of Medicine in 2006. In 2009, he began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.

Richard H. Egelhof
MD, DABFM, FAAFP

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Richard Egelhof began practicing medicine in 1973 after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In 2002, he began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.
Timothy M. Koehler
DO

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Timothy Koehler began practicing medicine in 1990 after graduating from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Oklahoma State University. In 2002, he began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.
Michael A. Rausch
MD, FAAFP

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Michael Rausch began practicing medicine after graduating from University of Kansas School Of Medicine in 1990. In 2010, he began conducting clinical trials with Heartland Research Associates.
Anna Stork-Fury
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Stork-Fury is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2004 and holds honors for “Best Doctors in America” in 2016 and 2019. She began practicing medicine in 2002 after graduating from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medical School and began conducting clinical trials for AMR in 2018.
Joseph Baalmann
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Baalmann specializes in Family Practice and began practicing medicine in 2018 after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  In 2019, he began conducting clinical trials for AMR.
Ghiyath A. Tabbal
MD

AMR-WICHITA

Dr. Tabbal is an Electrophysiology Cardiologist who joined Heartland Cardiology in July 2010. He is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology completing his medical education at the University of Damascus School of Medicine in Syriaz Dr. Tabbal also serves as the medical Director of the Wesley Electrophysiology Laboratory.