Since 2000, Upstate Cardiology has been involved in numerous clinical trials in an effort to bring the most innovative and progressive therapies to our patients.  We participate in Phase II to Phase IV pharmaceutical and device trials.  Our areas of interest include but, are not limited to Coronary Artery Disease, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Congestive Heart Failure, Interventional Cardiology, Hypertension, Electrophysiology and Nuclear Medicine.

Our research team is committed to conducting clinical trials of the highest integrity according to Good Clinical Practice Guidelines issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Code of Federal Regulations.

Research Team

  • Director of Research - Mark A. Grabarczyk, MD, FACC
  • Research Manager - Caroline Kissam, RN, CCRP

Research Coordinators

  • Caroline Kissam, RN, CCRP - Manager, Study Coordinator
  • Larissa Mitchell BBA, MS, CCRP - Research Compliance Coordinator
  • Candice Stewart, RN - Study Coordinator
  • Ericka Calhoun, RN - Study Coordinator  

    Research Protocol Review Committee

    • Mark A. Grabarczyk, MD, FACC
    • John E. Cebe, MD, FACC
    • Christopher H. Smith, MD, FACC
    • A.Thomas Siachos, MD, FACC
    • Gregory W. San, MD, FACC

    Please see our Research Curriculum Vitae to see a list of Clinical Trials that we have participated in.  To find out about currently enrolling studies or if you have questions about participating in a clinical trial please call 864-282-2089 or email us at