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About Us

How do we do it? With expertise and a tight connection to delivery. Oh, and with dedicated and enthusiastic team members and a little fun thrown into the mix.

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Leadership

Amy Young
Vice President, General Manager

Amy Young has been a vital part of DCR bringing deep experience in the execution of research required to bring new therapies to market. Direct experience in the care of chronically ill patients brings essential knowledge in developing and delivering trials in specialty patient populations. After receiving a B.A. in biology with a minor in chemistry, cum laude, from Augsburg College, she joined DCR holding posts with increasing responsibilities. Ms. Young has experience in the areas of strategy, leadership, operations,… Read more

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Jeffrey Connaire, MD
Medical Director, Nephrology Services

Jeffrey Connaire, MD, joined DCR in 2015 and oversees scientific and investigator functions across DCR. Dr. Connaire completed medical school and adult and pediatric nephrology fellowships at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and served as medical director of the Hennepin County Medical Center Kidney Transplant Program.  He is experienced in the treatment of glomerular disease with cytotoxic agents and biologics, the diagnosis and management of complicated hypertension, and the treatment and management of acute rejection using mono/polyclonal preparations, biologics, plasmapharesis… Read more

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Tara Kelley
Sr. Director of Operations, Late Phase

Tara Kelley’s clinical operations experience spans 20 years and includes a broad range of project and resource management, strategic business planning, team building and effective leadership.  Her expertise includes protocol development through study closure from single site studies to global multi-site clinical studies.  Prior to joining DaVita in 2015, Tara served as Vice President of Operations for Radiant Research, an independent research site organization with more than 70 clinical research sites nationwide.  Her experience in growing investigator site networks with… Read more

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Michael Kritschgau
Sr. Director, Strategic Alliances

Michael Kritschgau joined DCR in 2016 and brings with him over 20 years of site experience in the clinical trial industry.   He began his career at the largest independent research site in the United States with a focus on study feasibility and patient recruitment.   He has experience coordinating trials, managing multiple research sites and project management expertise in trials enrolling over 5,000 subjects. His current role is identifying new opportunities for DCR and building strategies with our sponsors around site… Read more

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Steven Brunelli MD, MSCE
Vice President and Medical Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Prior to joining DCR, he was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he directed an active clinical research group focusing on chronic kidney disease, pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacoeconomics, and dialysis outcomes epidemiology, as well as the hospital’s dialysis service. He has served on the American Society of Nephrology’s Dialysis Advisory Group and its Comparative Effectiveness Taskforce. He has published over 70 peer reviewed publications. He serves on editorial boards at the Journal of… Read more

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Francesca Tentori, MD, MSCI
Medical Director, Outcomes Research and Patient Empowerment

Francesca Tentori, MD, is the medical director of outcomes research and patient empowerment at DCR and an adjunct instructor in medicine at Vanderbilt University. She spent 10 years as a research scientist at Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, where she worked on the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study and led the development of the patient-centered research area. Previously, she acted as assistant medical director for quality management at Dialysis Clinic Inc. Dr. Tentori was a member of the American… Read more

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Allen R. Nissenson, M.D., FACP, FASN, FNKF
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Nissenson is Chief Medical Officer of DaVita Inc. and an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he served as Director of the Dialysis Program and Associate Dean. A past president of the National Anemia Action Council (NAAC) and chair of the Southern California ESRD Network, Dr. Nissenson also consulted for the Rand Corporation and Pacificare on the development of capitation models for ESRD and served on the Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative… Read more

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