About Us

Overview

Clinical Research is as yet another name for Advanced Clinical Care. When everything else fails, we rely on clinical research to find new cures and to develop innovative strategies to treat a refractory disease. That is precisely the goal of the DHR Health Institute for Research & Development, which also has as one of its goals the necessity to increase participation of patients with Hispanic heritage whose involvement nationally in clinical trials is <1%.

DHR Health Institute for Research & Development was established as a nonprofit 501(c)3 entity organized under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act. The primary objective of DHR Health Institute for Research & Development is to serve as an independent research institute with a focus on enhancing translational and clinical research in critical areas of need through collaboration with investigators at DHR Health and other affiliated academic and non-academic partners.

As part of its mission, DHR Health Institute for Research & Development is also committed to providing access to innovative and advanced clinical care models for physicians for the treatment of patients and to facilitate development of “personalized” clinical care models for Hispanic population in the Valley. It is envisioned that this will also minimize the disruption in personal lives of our patients who have to travel to another center to gain access to a clinical trial, which could be offered here in the Valley.

Board of Directors

David J Whellan, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA​

David J Whellan, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA​

  • Professor of Cardiology
  • Associate Provost, Clinical Research
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Philadelphia, PA
Manish Singh, MD, FACS​

Manish Singh, MD, FACS​

  • Chief Executive Officer, DHR Health System
  • Edinburg, TX
  • (Chairman)
Laura Beretta, PhD​

Laura Beretta, PhD​

  • Professor of Molecular & Cellular Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Care Center
  • Houston, TX
Anjum Khurshid, MD, PhD​

Anjum Khurshid, MD, PhD​

  • Co-Chief, Data Integration
  • Department of Population Health
  • Dell Medical School
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Austin, TX
Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.​

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

  • Chief Clinical Officer, University of Miami Health System
  • Professor & Chairman, Urology Miller School of Medicine
  • Director of Robotic Surgery, University of Miami
  • Miami, FL
Gail Hinkson

Gail Hinkson

  • Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Clinical Research
  • San Antonio, TX
Thomas Carton, PhD​

Thomas Carton, PhD​

  • Chief Data Officer
  • Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Principal Investigator, REACHnet
  • New Orleans, LA
Ian Thompson, II., MD​

Ian Thompson, II., MD​

  • President, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital Medical Center
  • San Antonio, TX
Norman M. Ramirez, MD, FACC

Norman M. Ramirez, M.D., FACC​

  • Interventional Cardiologist
  • Renaissance Medical Foundation
  • Edinburg, TX

Susan Turley

  • President, DHR Health System
  • Edinburg, TX

Administrative Staff

Sohail Rao, MD, MA, D.PHIL

Sohail Rao, MD, MA, D.PHIL

  • Executive Vice President, DHR Health System
  • President & Chief Executive Officer, DHR Health Institute for Research & Development
Lisa R. Treviño, PhD

Lisa R. Trevino, M.S., Ph.D.

  • Vice President for Research & Development, DHR Health System
  • Vice President, DHR Health Institute for Research & Development
Mahesh Changlani, M.D.​

Mahesh Changlani, M.D.

  • Chair, Institutional Review Board
Juan Carlos Bernini, M.D.​

Juan Carlos Bernini, M.D.

  • Vice Chair, Institutional Review Board
Monica M. Betancourt-Garcia​

Monica M. Betancourt-Garcia​, M.D.

  • Clinical Research Fellow
Jorge Alejandro Bernal, MD​

Jorge Alejandro Bernal, MD​

  • Clinical Research Fellow
Annelise Hernandez, MSHC-HCA, BS

Annelise Hernandez, MSHC-HCA, BS

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
Aurora Jimenez, LVN

Aurora Jimenez, LVN

  • Lay Health Educator
Iriss V. Gonzalez

Iriss V. Gonzalez

  • Administrative Assistant
John Rodriguez, CRC​

John Rodriguez, CRC​

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
Karla S. Asian-Rojas​

Karla S. Asian-Rojas​

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
Margarita Vega​

Margarita Vega​

  • Research Medical Assistant
Margaret Leal​

Margaret L. Leal, M.S.

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
Mario Capetillo

Mario Capetillo

  • DHR Health Trauma Research Associate
  • Research Associate I
Reannon C. Ramos​

Reannon C. Ramos

  • Institutional Review Board Coordinator
  • Human Research Protection Program Administrator
Juan G. Burciaga, MSN, APRN, ACNPC-AG

Juan G. Burciaga, MSN, APRN, ACNPC-AG

  • Stroke Central Coordinator
Guillermo Duran

Guillermo Duran Jr., M.D.

  • Clinical Research Coordinator

Research Pharmacy Team

Gabriel Vasquez

Gabriel Vasquez

  • Pharmacy Supervisor
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician

Omar Cavazos II, RPh, Pharm.D, BCPS.

  • Clinical Pharmacist for Women’s Hospital at Renaissance

Diana Pena-Perez, R.Ph.

  • Clinical Pharmacist
Veronica Hernandez

Veronica Hernandez RPhT.

  • Pharmacy Supervisor
Ron Ozuna

Dr. Ron Ozuna, Pharm.D., BCPS

  • Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
  • DHR Health Assistant Dean and Clinical Assistant Professor
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy – Rio Grande Valley
Gavino Garza

Gavino A. Garza, R.Ph.

  • Pharmacy Supervisor