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Donald L. McNeil, M.D.

Dr. Don McNeil has over 20 years of experience in clinical research. He is also president, founder and principal investigator at Optimed Research in Columbus, Ohio. Certified as a clinical investigator since June 2005, Dr. McNeil has conducted research studies in the following clinical areas:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypercho...

Zia Ul-Qamar Farooki M.B.B.S

Dr. Zia Farooki serves as a sub-investigator at Optimed Research in Columbus, Ohio. He trained in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During his decades of academic practice at Children’s Hospital of Michigan as full-time staff, he conducted multiple clinical research projects.He served as Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatrics Cardio...

Philip N. Rancitelli, M.D.

Dr. Philip Rancitelli serves as a sub-investigator at Optimed Research in Columbus, Ohio. While completing the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training at the Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Rancitelli participated in clinical research at the Duke University Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Currently, Dr. Rancitelli is a member of the medical teaching staff at The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Select Specialty Hospitals. He is also ce...

Charlotte Agnone, M.D.

Dr. Charlotte Agnone serves as a sub-investigator at Optimed Research in Columbus, Ohio. She received her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and has been in practice for 24 years. Dr. Agnone is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and has a private practice, Agnone, Morrison & Associates, Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Inc, located in Marysville, Ohio.She is one of 21 doctors at Ohio State University Hospital who specialize in Ophthalmology where she...

Ann Urbank, MS, CNP, CCRP

As a sub-investigator for Optimed Research, Certified Nurse Practitioner Ann Urbank completes histories and physicals, reviews labs and diagnostics and is actively involved in patient recruitment. Past clinical experiences include pediatrics, home health, primary care and employee health. Ann received her diploma in nursing from St Thomas Hospital in Akron; her BSN from Capital University; and MS, CNP from The Ohio State University in 2003. Ann lives in Delaware County with her husb...

Graham McNeil

Graham is the Research Director at Optimed Research. He received is BBA from the University of Hawaii and has over 10 years of experience in the medical and business management field. He specializes in operational efficiency, business development and patient recruitment at Optimed. In his free time, Graham enjoys playing with his dog Dioji, playing squash, ultimate Frisbee, golf and water skiing.

Aaron Thornton, MS, CCRC.

Aaron is a Research Coordinator for Optimed Research. He received his MS in pharmacology from The Ohio State University and has experience in all phases of clinical trials. He is an avid sports fan, and in his free time, he enjoys golfing, biking, and astronomy.

Kira Harris

Kira is a Research Coordinator at Optimed Research. Kira graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in anthropology and biology and has previously worked on a wide range of research studies including lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, joint replacement, and organ transplant. She lives in Columbus with her husband and pets and enjoys gardening and reading.

Dustin Caldwell

Dustin studied Developmental Health at the University of Hawaii. His clinical background is primarily in emergency medicine where he worked in Honolulu at Straub Hospital and Queens Medical Center. He also spent a year in the surgery department at Stanford University Medical Center. Dustin became involved in research in 2011 when he began working in research on the pediatric pulmonary disease. He joined Optimed Research in 2013. Dustin enjoys reading and the outdoors; he plays rugby...

Lauren McNulty

Lauren is a Research Coordinator at Optimed Research. Lauren recently graduated from The Ohio State University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and aspires to be a Physician Assistant in the future. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, attending concerts and sporting events, and rollerblading.