New Orleans, Louisiana

Velocity Clinical Research, New Orleans

Velocity's research site in New Orleans was founded in 2012 as MedPharmics, and acquired by Velocity in 2022. Since its inception, the site has built a reputation of success conducting trials in Infectious Diseases and Women’s Health, and has completed 50+ vaccine trials. Additionally, our New Orleans team is actively expanding to new therapeutic areas to better serve the diverse population of the greater New Orleans area.

Velocity Clinical Research New Orleans is conveniently located off of S. Norman C Francis Parkway, just down the street from the University Medical Center on Tulane Ave. All trials conducted at the site are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The New Orleans 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.

Velocity Clinical Research, New Orleans
3308 Tulane Ave., Suite 600, New Orleans, LA 70119

Phone: (504) 304-7197

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Our Vision

Improve lives by making clinical research accessible to all.

Our Mission

Improve the clinical research process to accelerate the delivery of new therapies and provide exceptional care to our community.

Our experienced research team in New Orleans

The Velocity New Orleans 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.

  • Scott Striplin, MD

    Scott Striplin, MD

    Principal Investigator
    Originally from Mobile, AL, Scott Striplin, MD received his undergraduate degree from Springhill College in his hometown. From there, he entered medical school at the University of South Alabama and completed a year of general surgery residency followed by four years of residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Alabama. He is Board Certified by Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Striplin has served the women of the Northshore for over 20 years in private practice. He began working in clinical research in 2020 focusing on women’s health studies.

  • Susan Tortorich, WHNP-C

    Sub Investigator
    Susan Tortorich, WHNP-C has been involved in clinical research for 10 years and worked as a nurse for over 40. Susan joined MedPharmics (now Velocity Clinical Research) at its inception in 2013 and has been a Sub Investigator on over 100 clinical trials to date. Susan’s diligent attitude and no-nonsense approach have been instrumental to building the site where it is today. Susan earned her nursing degree from Hunter-College-Bellevue School of Nursing and later her master’s degree of Advanced Registered Practitioner from Boston College to earn the title of Nurse Practitioner. Prior to clinical research, Susan worked in numerous hospitals and clinics across New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and Louisiana. Susan’s roles have allowed her to advocate and fight for improved women’s healthcare. Additionally, Susan worked as an instructor for LSU Health Science Center Nursing School and for Delgado University Charity School of Nursing.

  • RaeShanta McKendall, MBA

    Site Director
    RaeShanta McKendall entered the clinical research field in 2013 at Tulane University as a clinical protocol technician and later a clinical research coordinator. After several years there, Rae joined MedPharmics (now Velocity Clinical Research) in 2017. In her time with MedPharmics, RaeShanta played an integral role in the growth of the company as she helped develop each of the eight sites through training and operations management. Now in the role of Site Director with Velocity, RaeShanta can focus on one site and build it to new heights. In addition to her undergraduate degree from William Carey University, RaeShanta also earned her MBA with a concentration in healthcare management from Herzing University. With these skills, RaeShanta will continue to improve Velocity Clinical Research, Metairie.

New Orleans facility features

The Velocity Clinical Research, New Orleans facility is designed for the ease and comfort of study participants and to allow optimal efficiencies in performing clinical trials. Features at this site include:

  • Private examination/consultation rooms
  • Comfortable patient reception areas
  • Facilities for extended-stay pharmacokinetic studies
  • Parking
  • Nursing station
  • Secure monitoring rooms or workstations with phone & high-speed internet access
  • Multiple individual & secure workstations for research staff
  • Regulatory document processing area
  • Electronic data capture (EDC) capabilities
  • Secure record storage
  • CLIA certified research laboratory or clinical laboratory with CLIA waiver
  • Ambient and refrigerated centrifuge
  • Secured & temperature controlled investigational product storage with pharmaceutical refrigerator & freezer
  • Freezers equipped for laboratory specimens at -20 & -70 degrees Celsius
  • Backup generator/power source in the event of site power loss
  • Standard medical equipment, including ECG and Holter machines, digital and analog scales
clinical research site team
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