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About Us

Summit Research Group was founded in 2005 by Scott Rigby, M.D. Our mission has been to conduct quality phase 2 through phase 4 pharmaceutical research. We work directly with both pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as contract research organizations. Dr. Rigby, along with a dedicated staff of physician sub-investigators and clinical research nurses, provides each patient with exceptional personal and private care. We pride ourselves on our outstanding facilities which allow the contracted research associates to monitor the study in comfortable, well-equipped surroundings. Over the years, Summit Research Group has enrolled more than 100 patients in competitive clinical trials. We have exceeded the contractually requested enrollment by 105% and have a patient study completion rate of 98%.

We only accept studies in which we know we can enroll the appropriate number of subjects. Drawing from our active patient base of more than 30,000 people, the study team is able to successfully meet even the toughest enrollment criteria. We consistently complete each research study as one of the top enrollers in the country.

Summit Research Group is also committed to providing accurate implementation of the study protocol. Our ability to work comfortably with the sponsors, as well as the contract research organizations, has allowed us the opportunity to conduct multiple subsequent studies with the same great organizations.

 

Meet our Staff

Scott P. Rigby, M.D.

Dr. Rigby founded Summit Research Group in 2005 and is the lead clinical investigator. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Rigby has conducted clinical research for more than 10 years through both Summit Research Group as well as his private practice at Primary Care Associates of Northeast Ohio, Inc.

Dr. Rigby received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron and received his medical degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He performed his internship and residency at Summa Health Systems.

He has hospital privileges with Summa Health Systems, Akron General Medical Center, Robinson Memorial Hospital and Western Reserve Hospital.

Dr. Rigby resides in Munroe Falls with his wife and two children.


Michael J. Shanafelt, D.O.

Dr. Shanafelt has been a clinical investigator with Summit Research Group since 2005. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has more than seven years of experience in clinical research. He also has his own private practice through Primary Care Associates of Northeast Ohio, Inc.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Akron and received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency through Summa Health Systems.

He has hospital privileges with Summa Health Systems, Akron General Medical Center, Robinson Memorial Hospital and Western Reserve Hospital.

Dr. Shanafelt resides in Mogadore with his wife and two children.


Debora A Ritz, R.N., B.S.N.

Debora has been a clinical investigator with Summit Research Group since 2005 and has more than 6 years of experience in clinical research.

She received her BSN from the University of Akron.

Debora resides in Tallmadge with her husband and two children.


Catherine A Knapp, L.P.N.

Catherine has been a study coordinator with Summit Research Group since 2007. She has more than eight years of experience in clinical research.

She received her degree from the Cuyahoga Falls School of Practical Nursing. She is also a certified phlebotomist and has an Ohio IV certification.

Catherine resides in Tallmadge with her husband and three children.