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Mount Nittany Physician Group - Urology

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Karen Smith, RN, CRA, CRC
Clinical Research Department Manager
Mount Nittany Physician Group - Urology
905 University Drive
State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-6824
(814) 272-7647 (fax)
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Center Overview

Mount Nittany Physician Group provides primary and specialty physician care with 14 practices in 11 locations throughout Mifflin, Huntingdon and Centre counties.

Mount Nittany Physician Group - Urology (formerly State College Urologic Associates) has one focus: improving the urological health of our patients with sensitivity and expertise. Charles Dalton, MD; Howard Miller, MD; David Oselinsky, MD can diagnose and treat virtually every kind of urological condition, including conditions affecting the reproductive system and the prostate.

In 2004 our office added a Clinical Research Department to be able to offer our patients further alternative treatment options with the newest investigational medications and treatments being researched today.

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Clinical Research Experience

Our research department has extensive experience in Phase II - IV studies. Our group of physicians have performed as investigators in clinical research trials for numerous urologic indications, to include the following therapeutic areas:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer Prevention studies
  • Bladder Malignancies
  • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
  • Hypogonadism
  • Male Hot Flashes
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Prostate Disorders
  • Prostatitis
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Nocturia
  • Testosterone studies
  • Interstitial Cystitis

Our research office has worked with a variety of sponsor companies and CRO's including:

  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer
  • Eli Lilly
  • Watson
  • Oakwood Laboratories
  • Numoda
  • AAI Pharma
  • PPD
  • K Force
  • Sanofi - Aventis
  • Ortho-McNeil
  • PriCara
  • INC Research
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • GTx, Inc.
  • Advanced Biologics
  • Indevus Pharmaceuticals
  • United BioSource
  • Duramed Research Inc.
  • Anteres
  • Allergan

Additional Site Experience:

  • Pharmacokinetic trials
  • Biorepository trials
  • Electronic data capture

Facility Description

Our primary office is conveniently located in the heart of State College, within walking distance from the University Park Campus of Penn State University. The University Park Airport in State College is approximately a ten (10) minute drive from our office. Our office is located in close proximity to numerous restaurants, and hotels. We are just minutes away from the Bryce Jordon Center which features many attractions including sporting events, and concerts. In addition to serving the State College area, we also have a satellite office in Lewistown, PA.

Our office is an outpatient services facility in which we provide a full range of urologic services including prostate ultrasound and biopsy, vasectomy, cystoscopy, brachytherapy, cryosurgery, and urodynamics. Our office is equipped with 14 patient exam rooms, a large, comfortable waiting room, a separate laboratory, and on site phlebotomy.

Our office also provides all of the appropriate accommodations for the research department including:

  • private research office
  • private monitoring areas with wireless network access
  • designated research copiers, fax machines, and designated analog lines
  • office is equipped with limited access, and locked; temperature controlled and monitored investigational product storage areas.
  • adequate office space for storage of data, regulatory, and laboratory supplies.
  • Storage space for clinical trial lab kits
  • experience using both central IRBs and local IRBs
  • biological safety hood (for drug prep)
  • -70 and -20 degree freezers - alarmed and temperature monitored/controlled
  • Centrifuges
  • EKG
  • IATA certified staff
  • GCP trained staff
  • Dry ice

Investigator Experience

The Clinical Research Investigators:

  • Charles Dalton, MD
  • Howard Miller, MD
  • David Oselinsky, MD

Our investigators have been actively involved in research since 2003, and have participated in more than 40 clinical research trials over the past 8 years.

All of the physicians are board certified urologists by the American Board of Urology. All physicians are members of the American Medical Association, and the American Urological Association as well as belonging to a variety of other urologic related organizations.

Staff Expertise

Karen Smith, RN, CRA, CRC has more than 14 years of full time clinical research nursing experience. An experienced Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA), she previously worked as a research monitor. Karen posesses extensive experience in clinical research in phases II, III, and IV, and in numerous therapeutic areas for many indications, including: Lung cancer, Breast cancer, Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Colon Cancer, Prostatitis, Overactive Bladder, Hypogonadism, Post-op Pain, Chronic Pain, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Gastric Ulcers. She has conducted clinical research in both the hospital setting as well as private/group practice, and is experienced working with, both local IRB, and medical ethics committees, as well as central IRBs.

Clinical Staff:

  • Michelle Black, CRNP
  • Katrina Earnest
  • Joan DiMarcello, RN
  • Sara Marker, LPN
  • Michael Mann, MA
  • Sara Dungan, PA-C

Patient Demographics

Mount Nittany Physician Group - Urology is located in State College, in the central Pennsylvania region. Our patient population drawing area covers about an 80 mile radius in all directions. This radius covers a very large geographic area which includes numerous surrounding counties and cities.

Other Information

State College, Pennsylvania is the home of Penn State University, which hosts Big Ten Sporting events and various multi cultural events. State College also hosts one of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate minor league baseball teams "the Spikes" and is also home of Central Pennsylvania's Festival of the Arts. For other entertainment, the Bryce Jordan Center is within walking distance and it offers year round sporting events and concerts.

Nearby Lodging:

  • Penn State Conference Center Hotel
  • Hampton Inn State College
  • Nittany Lion Inn
  • The Atherton Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Days Inn Penn State

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