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West Glen GI Consultants

Center Information

Michele Sartin
Clinical Research Director
West Glen GI Consultants
3601 NE Ralph Powell Rd.
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Direct (816) 251-1258
Main (816) 836-2200, ext. 258
(816) 285-0949 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Internal Medicine

Center Overview

At West Glen GI Consultants we've assembled an outstanding team of board certified physicians, certified nurse practitioners and certified clinical research coordinators who share the ideal that we really do “care” for our patients. Our goal is to make our patients feel relaxed, listened to, and, ultimately, better. Through our participation in clinical research trials we strive to provide quality, innovative, and advanced therapies to our patients while promoting patient education and involvement.

For our sponsors we promise accurate, ethical, and dedicated execution of study protocols. We continually meet or exceed enrollment goals and maintain high retention rates. We also consistently offer expedited regulatory and contract document turn-around, which is further streamlined and augmented by our ability to use a Central IRB.

Clinical Research Experience

Areas of Interest and Clinical Research Experience include:

  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Vaccines
  • Arthritis
  • Joint and Muscle Pain

Pharmaceutical Companies and sponsors we have worked with include:

  • UCB Biosciences, Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Sucampo
  • Axcan Pharma
  • Tiogo
  • Centocor Ortho Biotech
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Quintiles
  • Barrx Medical

Our most effective subject recruitment tools include:

  • Patient database of over 12,000 potential subjects
  • Physician referrals from all specialties
  • Quarterly newsletter, email blasts, and patient education nights
  • Practice and Outreach/Health Group sponsored events, fundraisers, health fairs
  • Social Networking groups

Facility Description

Our clinic was designed to provide a comfortable and convenient facility where our patients can receive the best care available for their health. Even our location, near the intersection of I-470 and Woods Chapel Road, in Lee's Summit, Missouri was selected for its convenient highway access and easy accessibility from all parts of the greater metro area. Our facility offers...

  • 8 spacious, comfortable, attractive patient exam rooms
  • A state-of-the-art endoscopy center
  • On-site crash cart, pacemaker/defibillator
  • ACLS certified staff
  • Dedicated infusion suites providing comfortable seating, multiple entertainment options, and room for patient's family or guests
  • Private CRA monitoring rooms that offer Internet access and a spacious work area
  • Comprehensive SOPs to ensure high quality data and performance
  • Research dedicated ECG machine
  • Hydrogen Breath Test capabilities for diagnosis of lactose intolerance and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Dedicated fax machine
  • Secure on-site archiving
  • On-site phlebotomy and biopsy pathology
  • CLIA certified laboratory with centrifuge
  • Dry Ice
  • Secure temperature controlled drug storage, including a -20 degree freezer and research dedicated refrigerator
  • Scheduled daily FedEx and UPS pick-ups

Investigator Experience

Marc K. Taormina, M.D.
Medical Director & Principal Investigator

Marc Taormina , M.D., Primary Investigator, has devoted his time and expertise since 1982 to improving the lives of his patients. In addition to his regular practice Dr. Taormina founded the Midwest Health Foundation, is the Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America advisory board, is the administrative officer for the Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City, volunteers for Northland Care of Kansas City (providing specialty medical services to the needy), is a board member of the Greater Kansas City Hepatitis Alliance, is a member of the AGA Legacy Society, supporting research and funding for investigators in gastroenterological research, and advocates patient education through numerous activities and disciplines.

This commitment to patient care earned him the honor of being voted one of the “Top Gastroenterologists in America” according to the Consumer Research Council of America in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Dr. Taormina established Midwest Gastroenterology in 1998, West Glen GI Consultants in 2009 and he has been in private practice in gastroenterology and hepatology since 1982.

Dr. Taormina is a Kansas City native. He graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine in 1976 and went on to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Hawaii in 1980. Dr. Taormina’s postgraduate training in Gastroenterology / Hepatology was completed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 1982. He has been in private practice in the Kansas City area since 1985. Dr. Taormina is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (voluntarily recertified in 2008) in the specialties of Gastroenterology and Geriatric Medicine. He has attained Fellowship status in the American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Physicians, American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

He serves on the staff of the Midwest Physicians Surgery Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgical Center, St. Luke’s Northland Hospital, Liberty Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital.

R. Wade McCullough, D.O.

Dr. McCullough completed his medical school at the University of Health Sciences, now KCUMB. He went on to complete the Internal Medicine Residency program and a Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been in private practice since graduating his fellowship.

Dr. McCullough is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American College of Gastroenterology.

He has been recognized as one of America’s Top Gastroenterologists by the Consumer Health Research Council and the Midwest Health Foundation.

Paula D. Stultz, ARNP-C

Paula Stultz earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing at Pittsburg State University. She has eleven years experience in nursing and joined The Midwest Gastroenterology Partners practice in 2009. In 2010 she also began her role as Sub- Investigator for our research site.

Paula is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Her experience as a nurse practitioner has been in Internal Medicine as well as Geriatric Medicine. Her interests include acute, chronic and long-term care in the adult population.

Staff Expertise

Jody M. Ehrhardt, CCRC
Director of Clinical Research

Ms. Ehrhardt joined our staff as director in January 2010 after working for over 15 years in the pharmaceutical research field for various companies such as Quintiles and PRA International. She has worked in many capacities and in all phases of clinical research. She has also written an article on Effective Subject Requirement and Retention for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Monitor magazine.

Our full research staff is GCP, ICH, FDA and HIPAA trained, IATA certified, and CRC certified by the ACRP

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