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At Whitman-Walker Health, we have been conducting clinical research studies and pharmaceutical trials since 1987 when the first medications to treat HIV were being tested. We are committed to finding the best treatment and prevention options to keep our patients healthy! Since the founding of our research program, we have conducted critical research studies on virtually every medication to treat HIV, participated in the development of newer treatments for Hepatitis B and C, and demonstrated the feasibility of transferring PrEP from a research setting to a clinical practice setting. We are honored to continue to participate in several of the oldest HIV-focused longitudinal health and behavior cohort studies.

Our research studies include clinical trials that test how well promising, not-yet-approved new medications work to treat HIV and hepatitis or prevent HIV infection and how safe these medications are for patients. We also conduct long-term cohort studies that look at topics like how commonly our patients develop medical problems like heart or brain disease, disease prevention and medical adherence. Currently, we have more than 2,500 participants in our 40+ active studies. Recently, we have started studies specifically for our transgender and younger patients.

We frequently need volunteers and collaborators like you to take part in our research studies! With your help, we will learn about which treatments are the most effective and shape the future of medicine at Whitman-Walker Health and beyond.

We have several studies that are currently enrolling. Are you interested in taking part in a study?

Please complete our short recruitment survey.

Have more questions about our research program? Call 202.207.2510 or email research@whitman-walker.org.

Our most important collaborators are patients like you! Either by joining the Community Advisory Board (CAB) or participating in a study, you make our success possible. We are so thankful for your help!

Working with other organizations to further our research is another important collaboration. We thank all our partners who have helped us grow our efforts!

Meet our Research (or Clinical Investigations) Staff

RArteaga

Rebecca Arteaga

Title: Research Specialist

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.745.6172

Email: rarteaga@whitman-walker.org

CCannon

Christopher M. Cannon

Title: Director of Research and Evaluation

Pronouns: He-Him-His

Phone: 202.745.6157

Email: ccannon@whitman-walker.org

MColeman

Megan Coleman, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC

Title: Director of Community Based Research

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: Research

Email: mcoleman@whitman-walker.org

DDickerson

Desire'e Dickerson

Title: Clinical Research Manager

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.745.6111

Email: ddickerson@whitman-walker.org

ADright

Aurnell Dright

Title: Research Specialist-Bilingual

Pronouns: He-Him-His

Phone: 202.939.7658

Email: adright@whitman-walker.org

ADuncan

Andrea (Drea) Duncan

Title: Research Specialist - Treatment M.A.

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.204.5517

Email: aduncan@whitman-walker.org

AEggleston

Alice Eggleston

Title: Clinical Research Manager, Physician Assistant

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.745.7000

Email: appointments@whitman-walker.org

MEstrada

Melissa Estrada

Title: Research Specialist

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.204.5510

Email: mestrada@whitman-walker.org

DGoldstein

Deborah Goldstein

Title: Director of Clinical Research

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.745.7000

Email: dgoldstein@whitman-walker.org

DKlein

David Klein

Title: Research Specialist

Pronouns: He-Him-His

Phone: 202.204.5535

Email: dklein@whitman-walker.org

JKwait

Jennafer Kwait

Title: LGBT and Adolescent Research Manager

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.939.7629

Email: jkwait@whitman-walker.org

JLeslie

James Leslie

Title: Research Coordinator

Pronouns: He-Him-His

Phone: 202.939.7622

Email: jleslie@whitman-walker.org

LMacLaren

Lynsay MacLaren

Title: Physician Assistant

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.745.7000

Email: appointments@whitman-walker.org

MMekonnen

Meheret Mekonnen

Title: Research Specialist

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.207.2932

Email: mmekonnen@whitman-walker.org

SRoyster

Simone Royster

Title: Research Specialist

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.207.2391

Email: sroyster@whitman-walker.org

ESarkodie

Eleanor Sarkodie

Title: Clinical Research Data Manager

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.204.5512

Email: esarkodie@whitman-walker.org

RWeltzer

Ryan Weltzer

Title: Senior Research Specialist

Pronouns: He-Him-His

Phone: 202.745.6119

Email: rweltzer@whitman-walker.org

AWimpelberg

Avery Wimpelberg

Title: Clinical Research Manager-ACTG

Pronouns: They-Them-Theirs

Phone: 202.797.3589

Email: awimpelberg@whitman-walker.org

VWolfgang

Victoria Wolfgang

Title: Research Specialist

Pronouns: She-Her-Hers

Phone: 202.797.3561

Email: vwolfgang@whitman-walker.org

All our Services are available in multiple languages upon request.

Our bilingual staff and volunteers will help get the language services you need!

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