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Community Research

With nearly 300 outpatient access sites, MedStar Health does not only conduct research within the walls of the hospitals, but also in the community and across individual primary and specialty care practices across the Washington, D.C and Baltimore, MD metropolitan areas.

MedStar Health’s community researchers are focused on developing and conducting studies for both adults and children in the primary care health area, along with developing treatments, drugs, and devices used in the outpatient setting.

Effective and efficient healthcare needs to meet the needs of patients in the community, and primary and pediatric care research can help advance health in our community.

Primary Care Research Topics

  • Medical education
  • Patient-physician communication
  • Family medicine
  • Underserved populations
  • Community outreach
  • Chronic disease management

Pediatric Research Topics

  • Pediatric and adolescent gynecology
  • Pediatric and adolescent health
  • Child abuse and maltreatment
  • Asthma in children
  • Obesity in children
  • Nutrition and physical activity in children
  • Community involvement in children’s health
  • Preventive interventions for children with behavioral health and developmental challenges
  • Early childhood mental health

Community-Centered Research

The conducts and facilitates clinical research to advance the progress of medicine and science for the community. For MCCRC, clinical research is defined as studying diseases relevant to patient's representative of the community. Community is defined as community healthcare providers, investigators and patients in our community and is not limited by geographic borders

MedStar Community Clinical Research Center

The MedStar Community Clinical Research Center (MCCRC) is a scientific research center within MedStar Health Research Institute, the research arm of MedStar Health. MCCRC, located in Hyattsville, MD, conducts and facilitates clinical research to advance the progress of medicine and science in an ambulatory care setting.

Participating in clinical research allows for the community to have the opportunity to become involved in the testing of new drugs that may have potential to improve your condition, close contact with the study team for management of your disease, and the opportunity to contribute to medical science, which may help others now and in the future.

MCCRC has been designated a MAGI Blue Ribbon Site.  The MAGI Blue Ribbon program is promoting a culture of excellence in the clinical research site community.  To learn more about the program click here.

With particular expertise in diabetes-related clinical trials, MCCRC employs a team approach to the conduct of federal grant, commercially-sponsored, and investigator-initiated clinical trials. MCCRC is well known for its proven ability to recruit and retain underrepresented research participants while strongly contributing to racial and ethnic diversity throughout our clinical research program.

Research Topics

The main focus of MedStar Community Clinical Research Center (MCCRC) is on the conduct of diabetes-related clinical trials, including diabetes prevention, treatment, and management of diabetes-related complications.

In addition to diabetes research, the MCCRC also conducts research throughout the ambulatory care setting. This includes metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders, lipid abnormalities, nutrition, and adult obesity.

Principal Investigators

Jean Park, MD

Jean Park, MD
PI, MCCRC in Hyattsville and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Adline Ghazi, MD
PI, MCCRC at the Good Health Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Marc Shepard, MD
PI, MedStar MMG, Hyattsville

Jean Y. Park, MD, is an endocrinologist at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and a practicing physician with MedStar Medical Group. Dr. Park specializes in the treatment of diabetes in adults.  Her research focuses on treatment options for patients with Type 2 and Type 1 diabetes, along with diabetes prevention and diabetes-related interventions and outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Park’s research here.

Adline Ghazi, MD, is director of the Diabetes Care program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. She sees patients at both MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. As an endocrinologist, she specializes in caring for patients with diabetes and other metabolic disorders. Dr. Ghazi understands that diabetes can affect every aspect of a patient's health and works with a team of experts to help coordinate medical care.

Marc R. Shepard, MD, specializes in general internal medicine at MedStar Medical Group and MedStar Health Research Institute. In addition, he is the medical director and a staff physician at a nursing home in northeast Washington, DC. His research experience includes serving as a principal investigator and as a co-investigator on more than 50 phase 1-4 clinical trials. Learn more about Dr. Shepard’s research here.


MCCRC is located at multiple sites in the Baltimore-Washington metro region.

University Town Center 
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 700
Hyattsville, Md 20782

Good Health Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Health Urgent Care, Hyattsville
6401 America Boulevard, Suite 200
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Diabetes Prevention Program 
650 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Suite 150 
Washington, DC 20003

Contact Information:
Clinical Research/ MedStar Community Clinical Research Center 
University Town Center 
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 700
Hyattsville, MD 20782 
Phone: 301-560-2950
Fax: 301-560-2945

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