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Rapid Medical Research is proud to share our dedicated research team. Please feel free to view annual training certificates for each member below. Please contact us with any questions at 1-888-460-2275 or 216-682-0320.


Mary Beth Manning, MD – Investigator – Team member since 2013, Internal Medicine

Dr. Mary Beth Manning is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed an internship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a residency in Internal Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.  Dr. Manning has worked for 25 years in the Cleveland area as an Emergency Medicine physician in both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Health Systems. She is currently a Senior Clinical Instructor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Medical Access Clinic at University Hospital Case Medical Center.

Dr. Manning joined Rapid Medical Research in 2013 and brings a wealth of clinical experience and a background in research to the team!  Dr. Manning has been an Investigator on over 90 clinical trials!

Mary Beth Manning MD HIPS CITI Jan 19 2018 / Mary Beth Manning MD GCP CITI expires 1-12-2021 / Mary Beth Manning MD Biomedical CITI expires 1-19-2020 Mary Beth Manning MD Human Subj Protection CITI Jan 19 2018Request a CV

Toby Briskin, MD – Investigator – Team member since 2016, Internal Medicine & Endocrinology

Toby Briskin, MD is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. She earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University and graduate degree from Hahnemann Medical College, which is now known as Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Dr. Briskin completed her internship and residency in internal medicine as well as her fellowship in endocrinology from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Briskin spent her career in medicine as an Endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as well as Ohio Permanente Medical Group and later HealthSpan Physicians.

Dr. Briskin became an investigator for Rapid Medical Research in 2016 and has been Investigator on over 60 trials. Dr. Briskin is also an experienced neuropsychiatric rater for the MMSE, ADAS-COG, RBANS, CDR, QoL-AD, and NPI. Dr. Briskin brings years of practice experience to the RMR team!

CITI-HIPS Training ( Toby Briskin) 2018 / CITI GCP Training ( Toby Briskin) 2017-expires 2021 / CITI-Biomedical Training ( Toby Briskin) 2018 / Request a CV

Gita Gidwani, MD – Investigator – Team member since 2000, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Gita Gidwani is board certified in Gynecology and Obstetrics and completed her fellowship at Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic. Gita Gidwani MD hired in 1976, was the 1st female surgeon at The Cleveland Clinic. She was a pioneer in the discipline of adolescent and pediatric gynecology & has been a mentor to many practitioners & students. She was a founding member and later president of the North American Society for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology and a long-time trustee of the Brush Foundation which pilots’ family planning programs in 3rd world countries. Dr. Gidwani officially retired from practice at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013.

Dr. Gidwani has an abundance of clinical trial experience which dates to 2000 with Rapid Medical Research, Inc. She continues to be an integral part of the Investigator team at Rapid Medical Research and has served as an Investigator on more than 100 clinical trials!

CITI- GCP, HIPS, Bio 2017-6-2018 / Request a CV

Robert Bradley Lucas, MD – Investigator – Team member since 2016, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Brad Lucas, MD is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed his medical education at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo and completed his residency at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Lucas also holds a masters in healthcare administration from Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Lucas worked in private practice and served as a faculty member at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, St. John West Shore Hospital and St. Vincent Charity Hospitals in Cleveland. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Buckeye Community Health-Centene Corporation and a member of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Physician Executives, and the National Association of Managed Care Physicians.

Dr. Lucas joined the team at Rapid Medical Research as an Investigator in 2016 and is an integral part of the team!

Brad Lucas HIPS-CITI 10-26-2017 / Brad Lucas MD GCP-CITI 2017-2021 / Brad Lucas Protection of Human Subjects-CITI Oct 26 2017 / Request a CV

Joanne C. Mortimer, MD – Investigator – Team member since 2016, Pediatrics

Joanne Mortimer, MD is board certified in Pediatrics. She earned her medical degrees from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and completed a pediatric internship in Rochester, New York at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mortimer completed her residency in pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois and completed a fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Mortimer worked as a professor of pediatrics at the Chicago Medical School, the Loyola University School of Medicine, and Case Western Reserve University. She has served as an attending physician in Illinois at Cook County Hospital, Saint Mary of Nazareth Hospital, and Loyola University Medical Center.

After moving to Ohio, she gained a position as an attending physician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, which is a part of the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Through this job, she had assignments in children’s rehabilitation at Heather Hill and in pediatric chronic care at the Hattie Larlham Foundation. Furthermore, Dr. Mortimer is a member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Mortimer joined Rapid Medical Research as an Investigator in 2016 and serves as an integral member of the team!

CITI- HIPS Training Joanne Mortimer MD 2016 / CITI- GCP Training Joanne Mortimer MD 2016 / CITI- Biomedical Training Joanne Mortimer MD 2016 / Request a CV

Janet Wieselthier, MD – Investigator, Dermatology

Janet Wieselthier MD CITI GCP 2017-2019 / Request a CV

Jack Lissauer, MD – Investigator – Team member since 2010, Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Lissauer earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. He earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

He completed his internship and residency at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics in Chicago, Illinois. Moving to Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Lissauer entered the fellowship training program in gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation between 1974 and 1976. Immediately upon
graduation, he joined Gastroenterology Associates of Cleveland. For many years, Dr. Lissauer was an attending physician teaching in the gastroenterology fellowship program at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Lissauer has been an Investigator for Rapid Medical Research since 2010 and has extensive research experience in Gastrointestinal Disorders both at RMR as well as in his private practice.

CITI-HIPS Training Jack Lissauer 2016 / CITI-GCP Training Jack Lissauer 2016 / CITI-Biomedical Research Training Jack Lissauer 2016 / Request a CV

Joseph Thomas, MD – Investigator – Team member since 2014, Ophthalmology

Dr. Thomas is a highly skilled, board certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced cataract surgery and laser vision correction. He is a native of Northeast Ohio and is committed to helping most patients achieve a life free of glasses or contacts.

Dr. Thomas earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine nad completed his ophthalmology residency and fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He was a faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology at University Hospitals in Cleveland where he served as Director of Refractive Surgery for six years.

In 2006, Dr. Thomas decided to pursue other opportunities and joined the team of surgeons at LasikPlus and now performs laser vision correction procedures with LasikPlus in both Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. In addition, he opened his practice, Thomas Eyecare, to provide the personalized attention he has come to be known for to all who entrust themselves to his care.

Dr. Thomas joined the team at Rapid Medical Research in 2014 bringing along extensive clinical practice as well as research experience as is an integral member of the team!

CITI-HIPS Training Joseph Thomas 2016 / CITI-GCP Training Joseph Thomas 2016 / CITI-Biomedical Training Joseph Thomas 2016 / Request a CV


Lisa Hoagland, BSN, CCRC – Executive Director – Team member since 1998 CITI-HIPS Training Lisa Hoagland 2017 / CITI-GCP Training Lisa 2017-2020 / Lisa Hoagland Yellow Fever Certificate

Jennifer Gaston, BS, CCRC – Director of Clinical Operations – Team member since 2009 CITI- HIPS Training Jennifer Gaston 2017 / CITI-GCP Training Jennifer Gaston 2017-2020 / CITI- Biomedical Training Jennifer Gaston 2017 / IATA Training Jennifer Gaston 2018-2020


Katie Bucur, BA, CCRC – Senior Study Coordinator – Team member since 2007 CITI-HIPS training Katie Bucur 2017 / CITI-GCP Training CERTIFICATE Katie Bucur 2017-2020 / CITI-Biomedical Training Kaie Bucur 2017 / Kathryn Bucur IATA Training 2018-2020

Amy Maroun, BA, CCRC – Senior Study Coordinator – Team member since 2008 CITI- HIPS Training Amy Maroun 2017 / CITI- GCP Training Amy Maroun 2017 / CITI- Biomedical Training Amy Maroun 2017 / IATA Training Amy Maroun 2018-2020

Sarah Dzigiel, BA, CCRC – Senior Study Coordinator – Team member since 2009 CITI- HIPS Training Sarah Dzigiel 2017 / CITI- GCP Training Sarah Dzigiel 2017-2020 / CITI- Biomedical Training Sarah Dzigiel 2017 / IATA Training Sarah Dzigiel 2018-2020

Brook Johnston, LPN, CCRC – Study Coordinator – Team member since 2019

Devan Patel, BS, CRC – Study Coordinator – Team member since 2019


Carol Salango  Senior Research Assistant – Team member since 1997 CITI- HIPS Training Carol Salango 2017 / CITI-GCP Training 2017-2021 / CITI- Biomedical Training Carol Salango 2017 / IATA Training Carol Salango 2018-2020

Krissy Bonnett  Research Assistant – Team member since 2006 CITI-HIPS Krissy Bonnett 2017-2020 / CITI-GCP Krissy Bonnett 2016-2020 / CITI-Biomedical Krissy Bonnett 2017-2019

Jane Boggan  Administrative Assistant – Team member since 2010 CITI-HIPS Training Jane Boggan 2017 / CITI-GCP Training Jane Boggan 2017 / CITI-Biomedical Training Jane Boggan 2017

Melinda DeLong  Research Assistant & Data Coordinator – Team member since 2015 CITI-HIPS Training Melinda DeLong 2017 / CITI-GCP Training Melinda 2017-2020 / CITI-Biomedical Training Melinda DeLong 2017


Cassie Uminski Senior Data Coordinator – Team member since 2011 CITI- HIPS Training Cassie Uminski 2017 / CITI- GCP Training Cassie 2017-2020 / CITI- Biomedical Training Cassie Uminski 2017

Alec Ireland – Data Coordinator – Team member since 2019


Krissy Bonnett  Quality Assurance Specialist – Team member since 2006 CITI-HIPS Krissy Bonnett 2017-2020 / CITI-GCP Krissy Bonnett 2016-2020 / CITI-Biomedical Krissy Bonnett 2017-2019


Jade Svoboda – Recruitment Manager – Team member since 2015 CITI-HIPS Training Jade Svoboda 2017 / CITI-GCP Training Jade 2017-2020 / CITI-Biomedical Training Jade Svoboda 2017

Melisa Sebera  Patient Recruiter – Team member since 2017 CITI-HIPS Training Melisa Sebera 2017 / CITI-GCP Training Melisa Sebera 2017-2021 / CITI-Biomedical Training Melisa Sebera 2017

Lisle Merriman – Patient Recruiter – Team member since 2018


Karol Sabol, – Regulatory Specialist – Team member since 2006 CITI- HIPS Training Karol Sabol 2017 / CITI- GCP Training Karol Sabol 2017-2020 / CITI- Biomedical Training Karol Sabol 2017


Kate Fargus (formerly Adler)  Senior Director of Business Development – Team member since 2006 CITI -GCP, Biomedical, HIPS Training Kate Fargus 2017-2020

Nick Zarbo – Marketing Assistant – Team member since 2019