Cleveland, Ohio

Velocity Clinical Research, Cleveland

Velocity's research site in Cleveland was founded in 1997 as Rapid Medical Research Inc. and acquired by Velocity in 2019. Our Cleveland site offers Phase 1-4 multi-therapeutic clinical research experience, including extensive experience with vaccine indications. Other experience includes Women’s Health, Dermatology, Gastroenterology and other Internal Medicine indications. Patient demographics of the site are diverse and range from pediatric to geriatric participants.

Located in Beachwood, OH, just east of metropolitan Cleveland and close to I-271, the site is easily accessible. With more than 6,500 square-feet of dedicated research space, our Cleveland staff can efficiently and effectively conduct multiple concurrent studies. All trials are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The Velocity Cleveland team is committed to being a resource for study volunteers, to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and kindness and to advancing medicine through research.

Velocity Clinical Research, Cleveland
3619 Park East Dr., Suite 300, Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone: (216) 682-0320


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About Velocity Clinical Research

140,000+ people have a joined a study at Velocity

Many people enjoy the study experience and have joined several clinical trials at Velocity.

Velocity has decades of research experience

With sites that were established as long ago as 1986, Velocity has experts who have supported clinical trials for decades.

Velocity studies are led by healthcare professionals

All clinical trials conducted at Velocity are overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Our experienced research team in Cleveland

Every clinical trial is overseen by a Principal Investigator – a physician who is responsible for the rights, safety and welfare of the study participants. All physicians at Velocity are board certified in their specialty area(s) and all research staff is trained in clinical research regulations, including GCP and HIPAA. Our clinical research team in Cleveland is dedicated to conducting quality research in a professional and caring environment.

  • Margaret Rhee, MD

    Principal Investigator, Medical Director

  • Gerald A. Cephas, MD

    Principal Investigator
    Dr. Gerald Cephas has lived many places both in the United States and abroad, but considers Virginia to be home. Dr. Cephas received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 1990, before completing medical school at the University of Virginia in 1994. He remained at UVA to complete his residency program in General Surgery in 2001. Dr. Cephas conducted laboratory research under a grant administered by the National Institutes of Health, which he continued until 2004, when he worked with a private medical group in Southern California. In 2008, Dr. Cephas began his career in clinical research, working as both a Study Coordinator and an Investigator. Dr. Cephas has conducted research in the areas of general medicine, psychiatry, and neuroscience; including trials in hypertension, diabetes, gout, major depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, binge-eating disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor disorder, tardive dyskinesia, and multiple sclerosis. When not working, Dr. Cephas enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with his family – including his two feline overlords Casper and Chaucer.

  • Sharita Tedder-Edwards APRN.CNP

    Sub Investigator

  • Denise Roadman ATC, PAC

    Sub Investigator

  • Kelli Meissner, CCRC

    Kelli Meissner, CCRC

    Site Operations Manager
    Kelli Meissner is a certified LPN and CCRC with a bachelor’s degree in health science. She started her career in clinical research in 2012 as a Research Coordinator before transitioning into a Clinical Research Coordinator Manager in 2018. Furthering her work in clinical research, Kelli began her work with Velocity as our Cleveland Site Operations Manager in March of 2022.

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