Welcome to the Samaritan Center for Medical Research & Clinical Trials
The Samaritan Center for Medical Research (SCMR) is located in Los Gatos, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. SCMR was established for the sole purpose of conducting all phases of clinical trials. The Center was established in 2005 by founder and principal investigator, Maia U. Chakerian, M.D. Since 1993, Dr. Chakerian has directed and participated in numerous clinical trials, both as a faculty member of the Pain Center at the University of California San Diego Medical Center, and since 1994 as a private practitioner specializing in pain medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Founder & Principal Investigator
Dr. Chakerian is founder of, and Principal Investigator for the Samaritan Center for Medical Research (SCMR), an organization formed for the purpose of conducting clinical trials for the drug and medical device industries.
If you're interested in participating in clinical trials being conducted by SCMR or other organizations, or would like to know more about what's going on with the latest drug or device developments, please visit our clinical trials site at the link provided below.
Maia U. Chakerian - Principal Investigator:
- Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology
- Experienced clinical researcher since 1994
- Learn more about Dr. Chakerian
Clinical Trials Currently Recruiting
- Herniated L4-5 or L5-S1 disc with leg pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
Clinical Trials in Follow Up Phase
Descriptions of Individual Studies
To assess the effect of celecoxib versus nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on cardiovascular events, gastrointestinal events and renal events and symptomatic benefit in subjects with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis with cardiovascular disease or at risk of developing CVD.
|Male and female subjects≥18 years with a chronic analgesic regimen for at least 6 months.
Herniated lumbosacral disc
To assess the effect of injection of investigational product into the nucleus pulposus (center) of a herniated L4-5 or L5-S1 disc versus sham injection as measured by changes in leg pain.
Male and female subjects 30-70 years of age with lumbar disc herniation (L4-5 or L5-S1) with sciatica in either leg for ≥ 6 weeks and < 1 year.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
The purpose is to assess for improvement in pain with infusion of Neridronate.
Eligibility is adults aged 18-80 with the diagnosis of CRPS (type 1 – RSD).
- Cancer pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Herniated lumbosacral disc
- Implantable devices
- Low back pain
- Migraine headaches
- Neuropathic pain
- Non-cancer pain
- Opioid-induced constipation
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Post-operative pain
Sponsors, Clinical Research Organizations and IRB's
- Johnson & Johnson
- Purdue Pharma
- United BioSource
- Ethical and Independent Review Services
- Western IRB
Sub Investigators Specialties
- Cardiac surgery
- Vascular surgery
Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Assistant:
Phone is (408) 356-0503 X 223
About Our Research Main Office
The main office of Samaritan Center for Medical Research occupies 2000 sq. ft. in a medical arts building adjacent to Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California. The office is 5 miles from downtown San Jose and the San Jose International Airport, and is conveniently located along public transportation routes.
Equipment & Services:
- Analog line
- CLIA certificate
- Double-locked drug storage cabinets
- DSL internet connection
- Electronic medical records
- Freezer to -20?C
- Phlebotomy station
- Secure records, some stored onsite, others archived and readily available
- Separate workspace for study monitors is available, with telephone, printer, copier, and fax
- Temperature controlled refrigerator
Dr. Chakerian has hospital appointments at two nearby full-service inpatient hospitals, Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA, and El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos and Mountain View, CA, allowing for inpatient and outpatient studies.
Off-site Equipment & Services:
CT, MRI, ultrasound, DEXA, EEG, NCV/EMG, spirometry