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Velocity Clinical Research, Lafayette


401 Youngsville Hwy Suite 100 Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 451-0663

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By Participating in Clinical Research

People who volunteer to participate in clinical trials are key to the advancement of medical research. Our sites are dedicated to conducting clinical trials with an emphasis on patient care. Our physician investigators and other members of our research teams are extensively trained in different medical subspecialties as well as the complex field of clinical research. We strive to provide our study participants and sponsors a high quality, efficient and care-directed clinical trial experience.

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Velocity Clinical Research, Lafayette

Velocity Clinical Research, Lafayette, formerly MedPharmics - Lafayette, is part of the Velocity Clinical Research Organization, a wholly owned Site Organization, providing excellence in patient care, high quality data and fully integrated research sites.

Our Mission

Velocity’s mission is to bring innovative medical treatments to patients. We are committed to making clinical trials succeed by generating high quality data from as many patients as possible, as quickly as possible while providing exemplary patient care at every step.

Our Story

Conducting Clinical Trials Since 2019

Velocity Clinical Research, Lafayette was founded in 2019 as a part of MedPharmics. Since its inception, the site has previously conducted trials in Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Vaccines. They are continually expanding into new therapeutic areas including Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

The site is easily accessible as it located right off Youngsville Highway, near Highway 90. The site shares space with one of their principal investigators, a great way to introduce clinical trials to new people.

The Lafayette team is committed to being a resource for study volunteers, to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and kindness and to advancing medicine through research. By joining Velocity Clinical Research organization in August 2022, they added new efficiencies and integration to their already comprehensive approaches to conducting clinical trials.

Our Experienced Research Team

The Velocity Lafayette team of physician investigators and clinical research professionals are experienced clinical researchers. All physicians are board certified in their specialty area(s) and all research staff is trained in clinical research regulations, including GCP and HIPAA. Training records and certifications are maintained. Our clinical team is dedicated to conducting quality research in a professional and caring environment and strives on collecting quality data.

Jibran Atwi, MD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jibran Atwi earned his undergraduate degree and his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Afterward, Dr. Atwi spent time in New York as he completed his pediatric internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and his residencies in allergy/immunology & pediatrics at Albert Einstein Medical College in the Bronx.

Dr. Atwi completed Fellowships in pediatric pulmonology & pediatric allergy/immunology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before heading to Madisonville, KY where he was director of the pediatric intensive care unit and an attending physician.

Following his time in Kentucky, Dr. Atwi moved to Lafayette in 1994 where he has practiced since. Dr. Atwi has held several positions in his time in Lafayette, but in each he has provided top quality care to his patients.

Dr. Atwi expanded his wide skill set even further as he joined the clinical research world in 2022 as a Principal Investigator. He continues to conduct well run trials that benefit his patients and others in the Lafayette community.

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Darrell Robinson, MD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Darrell Robinson earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University and his medical degree from Meharry Medical College. Following his time in Tennessee, Dr. Robinson returned to his hometown of Chicago where he completed his residency at Northwestern University Medical School.

Dr. Robinson spent two years in Florida and four years in Pennsylvania before he settled in Lafayette in 1995. Dr Robinson has now diligently acted as a provider to women in Lafayette and surrounding areas for 25+ years. Dr. Robinson also expanded his career interests as a principal investigator in clinical trials with Velocity Clinical Research in 2020.

In addition to his medical career, Dr. Robinson is a prolific guitarist that has played in world-class venues alongside award-winning musicians.

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Joan Gatte, DNP, FNP-BC

Sub Investigator

Joan Gatte entered the world of clinical trials in 2022 when she joined Velocity Clinical Research (formerly MedPharmics) as a sub investigator. Although she is new to research, Joan has worked has a nurse for nearly 30 years.

Joan received her undergraduate nursing degrees from LSU Eunice and Loyola University of New Orleans. She later returned to McNeese State University where she received her Master of Science in Nursing. Thanks to her never-ending pursuit of knowledge, Joan earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2022.

Joan has held a variety of types of nursing jobs including primary care, emergency medicine, endocrinology, and orthopedics. Her knowledge of multiple therapeutic areas proves useful in supporting the Lafayette site as a Sub Investigator.

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Greg Sistrunk, RN

Site Director

Greg Sistrunk has worked in the medical field for over 30 years after he completed nursing school at University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as University of Louisiana Lafayette. Greg began his career as a staff nurse in Lafayette before hospital stints in Georgia as the Director of Perioperative Services and in Texas as the Director of Surgical Services.

Greg returned to Louisiana in 1999 where he has remained since. Greg held leadership positions at multiple hospitals and before entering the field of clinical research in 2019 as a clinical research coordinator. With his wealth of knowledge and variety of experience, Greg assumed the role of site director with MedPharmics (now Velocity Clinical Research) in 2021.

As a site director with Velocity, Greg takes special care with his staff to ensure they are well-trained and ready to perform. Greg maintains a calm demeanor with staff, investigators, and participants which creates a positive experience for all involved.

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