Lafayette, Louisiana

Velocity Clinical Research, Lafayette

Velocity's Lafayette research site was founded in 2019 as part of MedPharmics, and acquired by Velocity in 2022. Since its inception, the site has built a reputation of success conducting trials in Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Vaccines. Additionally, our Covington site is actively expanding to new therapeutic areas like Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Located just off Youngsville Highway, near Highway 90, the site is easily accessible to thousands of participants. The site shares space with the practice of one of our principal investigators, which serves as a great way to introduce clinical trials to established patients.

All trials conducted at the site are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The Lafayette 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, Lafayette
401 Youngsville Hwy, Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70508

Phone: (337) 451-0663


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About Velocity Clinical Research

100,000+ 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 Lafayette

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 Lafayette is dedicated to conducting quality research in a professional and caring environment.

  • Jibran Atwi, MD

    Principal Investigator
    Jibran Atwi, MD earned his undergraduate degree and his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Afterward, Dr. Atwi spent time in New York as he completed his pediatric internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and his residencies in allergy and immunology as well as pediatrics at Albert Einstein Medical College in the Bronx. Dr. Atwi completed fellowships in pediatric pulmonology as well as pediatric allergy and immunology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before heading to Madisonville, KY where he was director of the pediatric intensive care unit and an attending physician. Following his time in Kentucky, Dr. Atwi moved to Lafayette in 1994 where he has practiced since. Dr. Atwi has held several positions in his time in Lafayette, but in each he has provided top quality care to his patients. In 2022, he expanded his wide skill set even further as he joined the clinical research world as a Principal Investigator. He continues to conduct well run trials that benefit his patients and others in the Lafayette community.

  • Darrell Robinson, MD

    Principal Investigator
    Darrell Robinson, MD earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University and his medical degree from Meharry Medical College. Following his time in Tennessee, Dr. Robinson returned to his hometown of Chicago where he completed his residency at Northwestern University Medical School. He spent two years in Florida and four years in Pennsylvania before he settled in Lafayette in 1995, where he has diligently acted as a provider to women for over 25 years. In 2020, Dr. Robinson expanded his career interests by becoming a principal investigator in clinical trials with Velocity Clinical Research. In addition to his medical career, Dr. Robinson is a prolific guitarist that has played in world-class venues alongside award-winning musicians.

  • Joan Gatte, DNP, FNP-BC

    Sub Investigator
    Joan Gatte, DNP, FNP-BC entered the world of clinical trials in 2022 when she joined Velocity Clinical Research (formerly MedPharmics) as a sub investigator. Although she is fairly new to research, Joan has worked has a nurse for nearly 30 years. She received her undergraduate nursing degrees from LSU Eunice and Loyola University of New Orleans. She later returned to McNeese State University where she received her Master of Science in Nursing. Thanks to her never-ending pursuit of knowledge, Joan earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2022. Joan has held a variety of types of nursing jobs including primary care, emergency medicine, endocrinology, and orthopedics. Her knowledge of multiple therapeutic areas proves useful in supporting the Lafayette site as a Sub Investigator.

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