Biographies

Dr. William Koltun, Director
Dr. William Koltun is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who has been actively practicing in San Diego for 28 years. He has participated in women's health clinical research for the past 14 years. His educational background includes 4 years of undergraduate work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He also attended medical school and completed his internship and residency at the University of Southern California, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. After a long and distinguished career delivering babies and attending to the gynecologic needs of women at both Sharp Memorial and Alvarado Hospital, the appeal of clinical research in women's health led Dr. Koltun to concentrate all of his efforts there. As a result of his many years of participating in clinical research, Dr. Koltun has published in many areas of women's health, including contraception, menopausal therapy, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), overactive bladder, human papilloma virus (HPV), and premature labor. Dr. Koltun has directed the Medical Center for Clinical Research for the last 14 years and feels strongly about making a contribution to the health of women by ensuring that numerous safe options for the treatment of women's health problems are available.

Christina, Clinical Research Coordinator
Christina has been with MCCR since 2005, during which time she has focused on women's healthcare, particularly in clinical trials for endometriosis. She began her medical career as a Medical Assistant in a private practice specializing in urology. In 2004 she entered the field of research and enjoys it very much.

Joanna, Clinical Research Coordinator
Joanna has been with MCCR as a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2005. She has worked in a wide variety of research areas, including sleep medicine, gynecology, and gastroenterology. Joanna completed her training and certification as a Medical Assistant from Valley Career College in El Cajon, CA.

Joy, Clinical Research Coordinator
Joy has been a board-certified Clinical Research Coordinator with MCCR since October 2007. She obtained certification as a Medical Assistant from Valley Career College in 2003 and then went on to study Respiratory Therapy at Pima Medical Institute in 2007. She now holds a degree in Occupational Science and is a Certified Respiratory Therapist. Prior to coming to work at MCCR, Joy assisted in many medical trials from studies on pediatric asthma to adult allergies.

Nicolle, Clinical Research Coordinator
Nicolle joined MCCR as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June of 2006. She was trained in the many aspects of clinical research with Western IRB and through continuing education workshops. Having been a research coordinator since 2003, Nicolle has conducted studies with a range of therapeutic indications in both pediatric and adult studies. She lives in San Diego with her family.

Tania, Clinical Research Coordinator
Tania has been a Clinical Research Coordinator at MCCR for nearly 4 years. She is currently a nursing student at National University. She has worked in research for the last 9 years. She previously worked in a private practice specializing in urology. At MCCR she concentrates on women's health studies, specifically, on postmenopausal women with hot flashes and vaginal atrophy. She not only enjoys research but also continuously seeks to enhance her knowledge of the field.

Kim, Clinical Research Recruiter
Kim has been with MCCR as the Clinical Research Recruiter since February 2002. Her responsibilities include patient recruitment for clinical studies, managing patient and study database files, and assisting in the lab.

Tenisha, Laboratory Technician
Tenisha is a Laboratory Technician with MCCR. She is responsible for specimen collection and processing and the shipment of subject samples from the MCCR clinical studies. She is a nationally certified phlebotomist and lab tech with IATA, DOT, and OSHA training. Prior to joining MCCR, Tenisha worked as a project coordinator with both the SDSU Foundation and Moore's Cancer Center, conducting psychology-based research. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology with a minor in Health Care Social Issues from the University of California, San Diego.

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