The Osteoporosis & Clinical Trials Center

Center Information

Steven Klein, M.D., F.A.C.R.
The Osteoporosis & Clinical Trials Center
346 Mill Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
USA
301-791-6680
301-714-1506 (fax)
arthritis@rheumdocs.com
www.rheumdocs.com/
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Therapeutic Areas

Endocrinology
Musculoskeletal
Rheumatology

Center Overview

Rheumatology Consultants is the private practice of Steven J. Klein, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Rheumatology Consultants was started in 1985 as a private rheumatology practice and in 1994 expanded to include comprehensive osteoporosis care when Dr. Klein relocated from southern California to join the practice. With the acquisition of a Hologic QDR 1000 DXA Scanner in 1994, The Osteoporosis Center was opened in Hagerstown.

Because of the success of The Osteoporosis Center in Hagerstown, we formed The Osteoporosis and Clinical Trials Center which opened a second office in Cumberland, Maryland in July 1996. For this center we acquired the Hologic QDR-4500C DXA Scanner and we hired three registered nurses as the study coordinators.

In 2004 and 2005, we upgraded our densitometry machines in Hagerstown and Cumberland to GE Lunar Prodigy Advance equipment. This has allowed us to expand our capabilities to include total body scanning and vertebral fracture assessment.

Clinical Research Experience

Since 1995 in our Hagerstown and Cumberland offices we have participated in many phase II and phase III clinical trials. Over the years our clinical trials program has focused on COX-II inhibitors for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as unique analgesics for osteoarthritis. Additionally our centers have continued to be actively involved in postmenopausal and male osteoporosis, phase III trials of bisphosphonates, SERM's, parathyroid hormone, and hormone replacement therapy. We currently have eight study coordinators enrolling studies for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, Osteoarthritis, and Lupus. For more detailed information about our trials experience please see our web site www.rheumdocs.com.

Over 20 years Clinical Trial Experience in:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sponsors we have participated with:

  • AbbVie
  • Amgen
  • Ardea Biosciences, Inc
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Boehringer Mannheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Celgene
  • Eli Lilly
  • Galapagos
  • Genentech, Inc. and F. Hoffman-La Roche, Ltd. Roche
  • GlaskoSmithKline
  • Janssen
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Pfizer
  • Sandoz
  • Sanofi
  • Takeda
  • UCB
  • XOMA

History of previous Sponsors includes: Abbott, AutoImmune, Endeavor, G.D. Searle, Genmab A/S, Hoerchst Marion Roussel, Hyal Pharmaceutical, Medimmune, NPS Allelix, Parke Davis, Pharmacia, Proctor & Gamble, and Wyeth Ayerst.

Clinical Research Organizations we have worked with:

  • Covance
  • ICON
  • INC, Research
  • inVentiv Clinical, LLC
  • PAREXEL
  • PPD Development, LP
  • PRA International, Inc
  • Quintiles

History of previous Clinical Research Organizations include: IBAH, Kendle, and MTRA.

Facility Description

We firmly believe that the location of our practice plays a significant role in our growth and success in clinical trial enrollment. Our location in Cumberland, Maryland is particularly exciting because we are able to offer, state of the art technology and study participation opportunities to an historically underserved population in that city and to all points west including West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania. We have excellent dedicated staff members who will take the time to listen and assist patients during their time of need.

Special Equipment and Facilities:

DXA Scanners:

  • GE Lunar Prodigy Advance in Hagerstown and Cumberland
X-ray Facilities:
  • On-site in Hagerstown, Utilizing Fuji Digital CR System
  • Progressive Radiology, Hagerstown
  • Advanced Diagnostic Radiology, Cumberland
Institutional Review Boards:
  • Compass
  • Copernicus
  • Quorum
  • Schulman Associates

History of previous Institutional Review Boards include: Memorial Hospital Cumberland, Maryland ( Local IRB), RCRC, Washington County Hospital Hagerstown, MD (Local IRB), and Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB).

Investigator Experience

Steven Klein, M.D., F.A.C.R.
Board-certified specialist in Rheumatology

Areas of Expertise:

  • Arthritis and rheumatic diseases
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Osteoporosis

Staff Expertise

STUDY COORDINATORS:

DXA TECHNICIANS:

Patient Demographics

Today, Rheumatology Consultants is the sole provider of rheumatologic and comprehensive osteoporosis care in Western Maryland, with offices in Hagerstown and Cumberland. Our practice is unique in that we draw our patient population from a tri-state area (Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) with a population of approximately 500,000 people. The area has a large elderly population, which is reflected in our rheumatology practice as a whole, where the patient ratio is approximately 2:1 female:male.

Other Information

Our unique clinical densitometry report, which was developed by Dr. Klein, has drawn praise and inquiries from The Bone Club in Baltimore, the chief of the Department of Endocrinology at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and numerous physicians in the area. Dr. Klein has also been instrumental in developing and implementing strict quality control standards for all bone densitometry services provided in the Centers, with particular emphasis placed on insuring accurate and precise baseline and follow-up scans.

We are members of The International Society for Clinical Densitometry, The American Society for Bone Mineral Research and The National Osteoporosis Foundation. Our technologist is certified by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

The Osteoporosis & Clinical Trials Center also has an office at the following location:

Seton Drive Professional Building
921 Seton Drive, Suites C&D
Cumberland, Maryland 21502
Phone: (301) 724-4337 Fax: (301) 724-3276

To learn more, please visit the homepage of The Osteoporosis & Clinical Trials Center on the Internet.

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If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss placing a clinical trial there, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from the research center will then follow up with you.