Our Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is dedicated to advancing healthcare through advanced technologies that benefit hospitals, health systems, patients, and care providers.

Chad Adams, MPH

Administrative Director, Clinical Trials Office at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Mr. Chad Adams, MPH has worked in the area cancer clinical research for more than nine years, with more than 15 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry. Presently, Mr. Adams is responsible for administrative and financial oversight, coordination, and functioning of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) Clinical Trials Office (CTO). In his current role at HCI, He oversees the development of operating policies and procedures, conducts meetings with staff to ensure compliance with established practices, implements new policies and keeps employees abreast of current changes and standards.

Gary Lyman, MD

Co-Director, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FACP, FRCP (Edin), FASCO, is Co-Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, a Full Member of the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a professor of medicine, public health, and pharmacy at the University of Washington. In addition to serving on the ASCO Board of Directors, Dr. Lyman also serves on the Cancer Research, Clinical Practice, and Integrated Media and Technology Committees. He also sits on the Breast Cancer Consensus Panel, Breast Cancer Guideline Advisory Group, Workforce Advisory Group, Survivorship Guideline Advisory Group, and Cost of Cancer Care Task Force.

Zuhair Ali, MD

Research Coordinator, New York Hospital Queens

Zuhair Ali is an accomplished clinical research manager and foreign medical physician. Ali has extensive experience in identifying new research avenues and the logistics of partnering with physicians to facilitate clinical trials. Ali also has an understanding of research operations, budget maintenance, regulatory compliance and the qualities of Good Clinical Practice; additionally, Ali is qualified to establish research protocols, recruit human subjects, perform case studies and track adverse events in addition to training, directing and developing staff members. Ali also has experience in Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Hematology, Oncology and Geriatrics.

Dena Martin, CCRP

Clinical Research Coordinator, Radiation Oncology, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Dena Martin is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Biotechnology. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Radiation Oncology at SUNY Upstate, managing all aspects of clinical oncology research from regulatory and ethics to patient data and navigation. Martin helps patients through the entire journey, bringing a personalized level of care to the frightening world of cancer treatment. Martin is the Co-founder and co-chair of the SUNY Upstate Clinical Research Professionals Group, an advocacy and learning group created to share information, best practices, procedures and research policies among coordinators across many departments at SUNY Upstate.

Alejandra Guerchicoff, PhD

Director, Events Adjudication and Reporting, Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Alejandra Guerchicoff has dedicated her professional career to improving the quality of life of people with cardiovascular disease through clinical and genetic research and education. Guerchicoff has a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. Currently, Guerchicoff is responsible for the development, initiation, planning, execution and closing of high-quality, cross-functional and controlled clinical trials. Guerchicoff is highly experienced, with 15 years in leadership Clinical Trial Operation activities including budgets and contracts (GCP/GLP facilities) for Academia and Industry.

Milijana Ugrenovic, CCRP, CIM

Clinical Trials Coordinator, Moffitt Cancer Center

Milijana Ugrenovic, CCRP, CIM is a clinical research associate at one of the largest NCI-designated cancer centers, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida. Ugrenovic has been coordinating complex clinical research activities in the past decade while supporting clinical investigators in the development and implementation of clinical studies in an academic setting. Additionally, Ugrenovic is a lead on the Process Improvement Committee for research tissue requests at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Jing Liu

Senior Clinical Research Associate, Northwestern University

Jing Liu is a study coordinator for clinical trials related to venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, lymphedemas and incisional hernias. She is closely involved with both protocol and CRF design and also participates in activities such as budget negotiation and manuscript preparation. She is a member of the institution’s IRB and also a wound healing society member.

John Friend, MD

Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Helsinn Therapeutics

Dr. Friend currently leads research and development at Helsinn Therapeutics, a Helsinn is a cancer care company that provides support to relieve patients from the adverse side effects of cancer treatment. He was previously the vice president of clinical research for Helsinn and prior to that role, spent time at Akros Pharma, Alpharma Inc., and Hospira. Dr. Friend also spent time teaching at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Gavin W. Hougham, PhD

Deputy Director, Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS), University of Chicago Medical Center

Gavin W. Hougham, PhD, is a medical sociologist and health services researcher in the Section of Hospital Medicine at The University of Chicago. He is helping to improve the care of hospitalized persons by developing new methods of event analysis using sequence pattern matching algorithms borrowed from genomics.


Hougham is also exploring how care delivery team composition and process can be optimized using tools from formal social network analysis. As the Deputy Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, Hougham teaches the sociology of medicine in the Pritzker School of Medicine and the College.

David Whaley

Clinical Trials Contract Coordinator, LSU Health Sciences Center

David Whaley has worked at Louisiana State University since 2002 in the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans; he has also worked at Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center in contract negotiation and budget development, including working with the clinical staff to complete a Medicare Coverage Analysis for each pharmaceutically-sponsored study. He has worked extensively with the Minority Based Community Clinical Oncology Program dealing with federal subcontracting and completing Medicare Coverage Analysis for Cooperative Group Trials.

Kimberly A. Kasprowicz, MS, RN, FNP, CCRP

Senior Project Manager – Clinical, NEURALSTEM, INC.

Kimberly Kasprowicz earned a BS in Nursing from SUNY Upstate Medical University and an MS in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from SUNY Upstate Medial University. Kasprowicz started her career as a staff nurse at University Hospital, and began doing research on nurse activities with the Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery groups.

David Zurakowski, PhD

Director of Biostatistics, Children’s Hospital Boston

Dr. Zurakowski is the Director of Biostatistics in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he also supports the Departments of Anesthesiology, Radiology and Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Zurakowski holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago with postdoctoral training at Stanford University. His research interests include survival analysis, DNA microarray analysis, proteomics, evaluation of biomarkers and clinical trials.

Aziz Nazha, MD

Hematology and Oncology Fellow, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Nazha is currently engaged in a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic. Prior to his fellowship, he completed a Leukemia Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he also served as an instructor in the Leukemia Department. Dr. Nazha’s curriculum vita demonstrates a remarkable body of scholarly work. He was awarded several prestigious teaching and research awards such as Future Leader in Hematology for Clinical Research Award, the James S. and Suzanne Cyrus Scholar Award Finalist, and the 2015 William E. Lower Research Award.

Stephen M. Rauh, MD

Rochester Colon and Rectal Surgeons, P.C.

Dr. Rauh is well known and highly regarded in New York for his comprehensive surgical expertise in management of diseases of the colon and rectum. In 2008 he applied robotic technology for colorectal disease the area of focus for his clinical research. The team he leads, Rochester Colon and Rectal Surgeons, P.C. are the national leaders in robotic colon surgery. Areas of expertise include surgical management of cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, prolapse, and anal conditions. He enjoys all aspects of his field including office practice, his time in the colonoscopy unit, and conducting major intestinal surgeries.

John Pierleoni

Vice President of Sales for Oracle Corporation

John Pierleoni is a Vice President of Sales for Oracle Corporation, a global software and cloud enterprise application and technology company. John has spent over 21 years in delivering innovation software solutions to drive operational efficiency and revenue generation opportunities for enterprise and high growth organizations. Primary focus is driving high quality customer engagements and successful outcomes to build long lasting relationships and serve as a trust advisor.

Soumya Niranjan, BPharm., MS, CCRP.

Quality Assurance Manager – Oncology, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

Soumya Niranjan is the Quality Assurance Manager –Oncology at UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center where she develops, implements, and maintains systems, programs and processes to ensure compliance with current Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and drives the development and review of Quality Assurance (QA) procedures, audit plans, checklists, and other tools. She maintains an on-going schedule of QA audits for the center to ensure timelines for audits are met and identifies new areas of education.

Ahmed Saleh, PhD, MS, CCRP

Director of Clinical TrialsLaboratory of Viral Diagnostics at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

Dr. Saleh is the Director of Clinical Trials in the Laboratory of Viral Diagnostics (LVD), University of Maryland, Baltimore. Saleh has been instrumental in leading several FDA clinical trials for medical devices. In addition to his role in heading clinical trials, Saleh is the project leader in a USAID funded contract (through PSCM) entitled The Assurance of the Suitability for Intended Use of Laboratory Supplies, and HIV/AIDS, TB, Syphilis, Hepatitis and Pregnancy Rapid Test; the project evaluates diagnostic rapid test kits throughout the world after their receipt in-country to determine their suitability.