Apex Clinical Research Center provides access to cutting edge clinical trials so that our patients have the first chance for the best outcomes, and so that we can be a part of advancing the field of dermatology.  If you would like to be considered for one of our clinical trials or would like more information about participation, please fill out the Participant Form.

Current Studies

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The Research Team

Veronica Peck

Veronica Peck is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Apex Clinical Research Center. She graduated from Ohio State University and completed additional training in laboratory and clinical research at Ohio State, Case Western Reserve University, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic.  She has worked on almost one hundred clinical research trials in the areas of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Immunology, Pulmonology,  Nephrology and Genetics and is thrilled to now focus on Dermatology.

Her goal at the Apex Clinical Research Center is to provide hope and connection to each patient and family within the greater complexity of clinical care and innovative technology. Research moves science and healthcare forward.  Every patient who participates in research is a unique pioneer in guiding the path ahead for future patients and directly impacting clinical care.

Dania Puleo, Research Coordinator

Dania is the Research Coordinator for the Apex Clinical Research Center. She graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Dental and Medical Assistants at the top of her class. From there she worked in Cardiology, and then joined Apex Dermatology where she spent over 4 years working as a Medical Assistant.

Dania has completed several research trainings and certifications to expand her knowledge of research. She is excited to help medicine move forward through clinical research and has a passion for all things dermatology.  She loves being able to see patients get better and live their best lives, and she feels that everyone deserves a chance at getting better, especially when the traditional routes have not worked.

Dania grew up in Wickliffe with her parents, 2 brothers, and sister. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her 2 boys and their dog Milo, spending time with family and friends, or binging her favorite Netflix series.

Caroline Matyas, CCRP

Caroline is an experienced clinical research coordinator at Apex Clinical Research Center. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science Public Health degree, concentrating in Clinical Trials Research and is currently pursuing a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional from SOCRA. She has a range of research experience in different disease groups, including Breast Cancer, Gastroenterology, Liver Transplant, and Colorectal Surgery. Her expertise includes Investigational New Drug clinical trials and Emergency Use applications.

Her goal is to provide high-impact care to patients and research subjects. Caroline is passionate about protecting public health and the notion that prevention is just as important to healthcare as treatment of conditions. She also aims to remove the stigma from research, and provide opportunities for patients to seek alternatives when standard-of-care options are unfavorable. Dermatology is close to her heart with her family being affected by various conditions, and she is hopeful that her work will drive change in the field for the better.

Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga, MD, MBA, FAAD, FACMS

In 2009, Dr. Garcia-Zuazaga enrolled at the Weatherhead School of Business of Case Western Reserve University to pursue his MBA, while still working full time as a Mohs surgeon. He completed this rigorous curriculum in 2011 and shortly after his graduation he relocated his practice to Concord, Ohio to establish Apex Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center.

Dr. Garcia-Zuazaga is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

In the News

From studying new topical creams that show promise in repigmenting vitiligo to biologic agents that revolutionize the way psoriasis and atopic dermatitis are treated, clinical trials explore the efficacy and safety of novel treatments for dermatologic diseases. Trials can even provide patients an option when it seems all other therapies have been exhausted. Dermatologists can reap some benefits by connecting patients with trials and even conducting them within their own clinics and practices……

Participation Form

Advancement in medical treatment is facilitated by the conduct of clinical trials.  Clinical trials provide essential data to evaluate the safety and efficacy of experimental medications and treatments which allows the FDA to determine if they should be marketed to the public.  Thus, volunteering for clinical trials is essential to this process.

As a volunteer, you may be provided with unique, experimental treatments for your medical condition.  You may or may not qualify for the study based on very stringent inclusion and exclusion criteria.  Often, the entire study team will not know if you are receiving the experimental medication/treatment or placebo.  These “double blind” trials insure that outcomes are evaluated without investigator or study team bias. The Principal Investigator, Sub-Investigator and entire research team will carefully monitor you during the entirety of your participation.

If you would like to be considered for one of our clinical trials or would like more information about participation, please complete the form.

For more information: ClinicalTrials.gov

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