Alliance For Multispecialty Research

Our History

The Alliance for Multispecialty Research was founded in 1994 to serve as a hub for shared marketing, business development, and best practices for elite clinical research centers. Exclusive membership was determined by rigorous peer review, revenue and quality requirements, geographic location, and therapeutic expertise.

In 2017, 15 AMR centers merged their businesses to form a single company. Two additional centers elected to remain independent but aligned operations and function seamlessly as AMR members. The new AMR now includes 17 locations across the continental United States, 126 investigators, and access to databases of over 657,344 patients. As one company, AMR now offers improved efficiencies with the same exceptional quality and industry professionals you trust.

Our Company

AMR performs phase I, II, III, and IV clinical research trials to support pharmaceutical companies in the development of new drugs, devices, and vaccines at 17 locations across the United States. Over 24 years ago, AMR owners began collaborating based on their mutual respect and shared values. Relationships are the foundation of AMR’s success. Our flexible solutions propel clinical trials from ideas to reality through relationships with industry experts you know.

AMR The Alliance for Multispecialty Research
Center Relationships: AMR evolved through personal relationships that empower our investigators to collaborate and offer sponsors responsive solutions possible only through their deep shared history.
AMR The Alliance for Multispecialty Research

Industry Relationships AMR is proud to partner with the largest, most reputable companies in the industry. Over 80% of our business comes directly from established relationships with CROs and Sponsors.

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Subject Relationships: AMR’s diverse volunteers keep coming back and encourage their friends to participate because of trusted relationships with our staff and the quality, compassionate care they provide.

 

These solid relationships form the foundation of our company and empower AMR centers to consistently provide accurate results on-time. Collectively AMR investigators have:

  • Completed over 7,749 Clinical Trials
  • Enrolled over 145,552 Subjects
  • Partnered with over 560 Sponsors and CROs
  • Achieved an Average Enrollment Rate of 110%
  • Realized an Average Retention Rate of 92% across all Therapeutic Areas

Our Certifications

AMR centers and staff maintain the following accreditations, certifications and licenses:

  • ACRP Certified Coordinators (varies by location)
  • American Heart Association Certification for Standards and Techniques of Blood Pressure Measurements
  • Bio-Safety Level 1 and 2
  • BNDD Licenses
  • Certified Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Certified Principal Investigator (CPI)
  • Certified Smoking Cessation Counselors
  • CLIA Certified Laboratories
  • Controlled Substance Licenses
  • CPR/BLS Certified Staff
  • FAA Certification for the Shipment of Hazardous Materials
  • Federal Wide Assurance Numbers
  • GDUFA Registration
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • IATA Certified
  • NIH and CITI Certifications
  • Registered Dietitians

Our Staff

WILLIAM B. SMITH, MD, FACC, CPI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

William B. Smith, MD
Dr. William Smith is the Founder, President, and Principal Investigator of VRG and NOCCR, the AMR centers in Knoxville, TN and New Orleans, LA. He is also one of the original founders of AMR. Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Nephrology, and Cardiology. He has been involved in more than 1,700 clinical trials over the past 35 years. He is a frequent lecturer and author and publishes extensively.

TERRY L. POLING, MD, DABFM, FAAFP, CPI, PRESIDENT

Terry L. Poling, M.D., D.A.B.F.M., F.A.A.F.P., C.P.I. – PresidentDr. Terry Poling is board certified in Family Medicine and started his private practice after serving in the Air Force as a flight surgeon. He began conducting clinical research trials in 1991. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Poling founded Heartland Research Associates in 1994 with five dedicated research centers located in Wichita, KS and the surrounding area and has been involved in over 1,392 trials. Heartland Research Associates joined AMR in 2000.

JEFFREY B. ROSEN, MD, DABFM, FAAFP, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Jeffrey B. Rosen, MD, DABFP, FAAFP – Chief Medical OfficerDr. Jeffrey Rosen is the Medical Director of Clinical Research of South Florida. He has been conducting clinical research for 34 years and has been involved in more than 800 clinical trials. Dr. Rosen is a founding member of AMR and is on the Leadership Council for the Society for Clinical Research Sites. He has been a speaker at many research conferences and for several pharmaceutical companies.

KATHY STODDARD, RN, CCRC, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Kathy Stoddard RN, CCRC – Chief Operating OfficerKathy Stoddard joined AMR as its Chief Operating Officer in May of 2016. In her current role, Kathy guides the overall clinical operations and business functions supporting investigators, clinical research coordinators and staff for AMR. She spent the prior four years as a Vice President for another multi-site research network, where

she gained substantial experience in managing research across multiple sites.

SCOTT STONE, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Scott Stone – Chief Financial OfficerFor nearly two decades, Mr. Stone has served in senior executive roles, primarily as a Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer. A Certified Public Accountant, he has broad and deep experience working with both public and private companies across an array of industries, including technology, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing. Other experience includes capital strategies.

MATTHEW SMITH, CORPORATE CONTROLLER

Matthew Smith – Corporate ControllerMatthew Smith has extensive experience as an accounting and assurance professional and has served numerous clients across industries as diverse as financial services, hotel and hospitality management, manufacturing, healthcare and aviation. As a Certified Public Accountant, he has worked to craft internal controls for both public and non-public clients, testing design and operating effectiveness.

BRENDA S. ATCHISON, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT RELATIONS

Brenda S. Atchison, Executive Vice President, Client RelationsBrenda Atchison is the Executive Vice President of Client Relations with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Tennessee. She brings over 30 years of experience in the clinical trials arena with a background in clinical microbiology and cellular immunology and has held roles of increasing responsibility in the academic, public health, cancer research, and global CRO fields. She joined AMR in 2000 to direct business development efforts and manage key client relationships.