Our Team

Our team is highly skilled in performing clinical research and providing medical care to our study participants.  Our team of physicians, study coordinators, and patient communication personnel ensure the effective management of study protocols, patient screening, and quality data collection. All members of the team have obtained appropriate certifications and accreditations (IATA and CCRP). They are trained in and guided by Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and International Committee on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines in their work.

Medical Team


varanoSusann Varano, M.D., Medical Director & Principal Investigator

As Principal Investigator, Dr. Varano has led over 65 clinical trials, and has participated in more than 20 others in a Sub-Investigator role, working with 20 different Pharmaceutical companies, and is GCP/ICH certified. Double-board certified, Dr. Varano specializes in Internal Medicine and has a sub-specialty in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Varano has developed community programs serving older patients and their caregivers as Program Director and Geriatrician of the Elder Horizons Program at Yale New Haven Hospital. She has obtained certification as Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Varano holds an M.D. from the Chicago Medical School, and a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s College.

Dr. Varano leads our regional team of investigators, setting the standard for performance across our locations, working with other PIs to evaluate participation in new studies, and training new investigators as they begin their own work in clinical research.


Dean Har, M.D., Sub-Investigator

As Sub-Investigator, Dr. Har has completed over 35 clinical trials and has been involved with numerous other trials in the past 7 years at CRC. Dr. Har is board certified in Internal Medicine and is currently in private practice in Milford. He holds an M.D. from Stony Brook School of Medicine, and a B.A. from Princeton University.

Mark Lichtenberg, M.D., Principal Investigator

Dr. Lichtenberg is Principal Investigator on our Dermatology trials, with over 40 years experience treating patients in Northern New Jersey.  He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.  He earned his M.D. degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.


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Miriam Sivkin M.D., Sub-Investigator

Dr. Miriam Sivkin is a Sub-Investigator focusing on studies in the area of Women’s Health. Dr. Sivkin has a well-established Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in Milford, and has  admitting privileges at Yale New Haven Hospital, and the Hospital of Saint Raphael. She has served as Chairperson of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Milford Hospital.  She has published several books and is a Certified Sex Therapist.  Dr. Sivkin was awarded her M.D. degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed her Residency training specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital, Stony Brook, New York where she was a Chief Resident.


Allison Ginsberg, PA-C

Allison acts in the role of Sub-Investigator on our dermatology trials.  She has been practicing as a Physician Assistant for over 10 years in New Jersey, working in the areas of both medical and cosmetic dermatology.  She holds a Masters degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ.


RachelPRachel Pierce, CCRP

Rachel leads our clinical trial coordination as Clinical Trials Coordination Team Leader.  She has more than  16 years of experience working with sponsors and CROs to evaluate and execute highly successful studies across a range of indications.  Rachel is a Certified Clinical Research Professional, maintaining good standing with the Society of Clinical Research Associates since 2005, and IATA Certified since 2001.

Working primarily out of our Milford location, Rachel sets the standard for Coordinators in terms of  recruitment, training, and performance across the CRC organization as a whole.


kristenKristen Amarone, CCRP

With 13+ years of clinical trials experience, Kristen is a Certified Clinical Research Professional with the Society of Clinical Research Associates since 2005.  She works as part of a team of Study Coordinators to ensure the accurate, ethical, and safe conduct of our trials in a range of internal medicine areas.  Kristen is IATA certified.


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Lauren Calgreen, APRN, Sub-Investigator

Lauren is a new member of our team, joining CRC in 2012, and participating mainly in our vaccine studies. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary College, and her MSN from Quinnipiac University.



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Kristi Bova, APRN, Sub-Investigator

Kristi joined Clinical Research Consulting in 2012, and also participates in our vaccine studies. She holds a BS from Mount St. Mary College, and earned her MSN from Fairfield University.

Our medical team is supported by our patient recruiting team who connect volunteers with the studies they qualify for and by our management team who provide an efficient infrastructure to support the conduct of each study.



Patient Recruiting Team


Management Team