Research



We welcome your interest in our rapidly growing research program.

Virginia Research Institute is led by Pramod Malik, MD, FACG, FASGE, AGAF, CPI. He was the first Certified Principal Investigator in Hampton Roads and one of the few in the country at that time in 2008 that were certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Our physicians are board-certified in Gastroenterology with a combined total of over 30 years of clinical research experience. They are active in the local, regional, and national societies such as American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Malik has also served on the Research Committee of American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is the immediate Past President of Virginia Gastroenterological Society.

Dr. Rajiv Nanavaty is a Board-Certified Neurologist and has been involved in various Neurology related clinical trials including Multiple Sclerosis, CVA, Migraines, and Epilepsy since his residency in 1998. He is a member of American Academy of Neurology and Virginia Neurological Society.

Our Principal Investigators are known for their high caliber work, research experience, community reputations, and significant patient database that ensures timely and easily met enrollment goals and successfully completed clinical trials. We have successfully enrolled and completed clinical trials on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastroparesis, bleeding peptic ulcer, Hepatitis C, Colonoscopy Preparation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Pill cam colon, as well as multi-center trials on quality improvement projects in colonoscopy.

The physicians of Virginia Research Institute draw referrals from the Hampton Roads/Tidewater Area. This population base of greater than 2 million includes Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News. Patients are also referred to our sites from North Carolina, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This area encompasses 10 hospitals and a nationally renowned academic center at the Eastern Virginia Medical School/Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine.

Our Clinical Research Coordinator has extensive experience in all aspects of research including administrative, training, as well conducting and monitoring clinical trials. She has over 15 years of experience in clinical research. She has worked on trials in the field of Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, General Medicine and this includes several trials for devices.

We are proud that we meet, and often exceed, the expectations of the sponsors in enrolling subjects, providing clean and timely trial data. We have never been audited or sanctioned by a regulatory agency and are known for competence and integrity.