Transforming and improving clinical research capabilities in New York state to benefit patients

PACeR Partners

PACeR is committed to working with global health care organizations and health care experts to share the task of creating and sustaining efficient processes to help more quickly and easily match patients with clinical trials.

Read below about how these industry-leading organizations are helping to streamline and accelerate clinical research processes.

To learn more about becoming a PACeR partner, contact Terri Straub at

Project Sponsor

  • Healthcare Association of New York State


  • Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Oracle
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Quintiles

Academic Medical Centers/Hospitals

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Bassett Medical Center
  • Continuum Health Partners
  • New York Hospital Queens
  • North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corporation
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center
  • SUNY Upstate University Hospital
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Westchester Medical Center
  • Winthrop-University Hospital

Additional Collaborating Medical Centers/Hospitals

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Colon and Digestive Health Specialists – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Digestive Health Specialist – Tyler, TX
  • Investigative Clinical Research – Annapolis, MD
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Oklahoma Foundation for Digestive Research
  • University of California San Francisco Hospitals
  • University of Chicago Medical Center
  • University of Kentucky Hospitals
  • University of Louisville Hospitals

Project Management

  • Healthcare Association of New York State
    • Daniel Del Pozzo
    • Terri Straub – consultant
  • Booz & Company
    • Charles Beever
    • William Schroth
  • Pfizer, Inc.
    • Jennifer Wulff
  • Quintiles
    • John Murphy
    • Benjamin Smith

Project Leadership Committee


  • David A. Krusch, MD, FACS
    Chief Medical Information Officer
    Director, Division of Medical Informatics
    Professor of Surgery and Informatics
    University of Rochester Medical Center


  • Kathleen Ciccone, RN, MBA
    Executive Director, HANYS Quality Institute
    Healthcare Association of New York State
  • Vijay Pillai
    Director of Translational Medicine & Strategic Planning
    Oracle Health Sciences
  • Jennifer Wulff
    Director, Clinical Innovation
    Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development
  • Thomas Murray, PhD
    President and CEO
    The Hastings Center
  • Catherine H. O'Neill, JD
    Senior Vice President
    Legal Action Center
  • Gary K. Mallow
    Director, Healthcare IT for Global Clinical Development
    Merck & Company, Inc.
  • Paul Stang, PhD
    Senior Director, Epidemiology
    Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Phase I Work Group Co-Chairs (Completed Work)

Clinical Data Analysis

  • Jim Kremidas
    Vice President, Global Patient Recruitment
  • Jeremy M. Shefner, MD, PhD
    Professor and Chair of Neurology
    SUNY Upstate University Hospital

Business Model Development

  • Brett J. Davis
    Senior Director, Personalized Healthcare
    Oracle Health Sciences
  • Jeffrey Kraut
    Senior Vice President, Strategy
    North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Inc.

Legal and Regulatory

  • Michael A. Falzano
    Executive Assistant Dean
    Albany Medical College
    Dean's Office/Office of Research Affairs,
    Administration, and Compliance
  • Marc Wilenzick
    Chief Compliance Counsel
    Pfizer R&D/Medical

New Process and System Design

  • Ingrid E. Akerblom, PhD
    Executive Director
    Merck Research Laboratories
    Information Technology
  • Gerasimos Petratos, MD, MS
    Global Head, Healthcare Data Strategy & Analytics
    Roche Product Development
  • Russell K. Portenoy, MD
    Gerald J. Friedman Chair in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
    Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
    Beth Israel Medical Center

    Professor of Neurology and Anesthesiology
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Chief Medical Officer
    MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care