About Us

Our mission is to safely bring the most up-to-date medical treatments to our community via clinical research trials, expanded medical options, and advanced medical research. In doing so, we are always diligent in assuring the respect and safety of our research participants.

Central New York Clinical Research was founded in 1992, when a major pharmaceutical company approached the internal medicine practice of Dr. J. Christopher Stringer and offered him the opportunity to conduct an arthritis research study. That clinical trial was an overwhelming success and led to the gradual expansion of our commitment to the advancement of medical research and therapeutics. Dr. Douglas Zmolek joined our practice in 1996. Since then, we have continued to focus on bringing the most advanced medical therapeutics to our community in a safe and ethical manner.

J. Christopher Stringer, M.D. 

Dr. Stringer received his medical training from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY and the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. He is a board certified Internist and has been in private practice since 1980, starting in Syracuse and then moving to Manlius in 1990. In 1992, he conducted his first clinical research study and has been the Principal Investigator in over 50 studies since then including many that provided for breakthroughs in the treatment of such disorders as the migraines, cholesterol and obesity, as well as vaccine prevention.  His personal commitment is that each patient who participates in a study at CNYCR is known and cared for with appreciation for that persons uniqueness and individuality. His mission and passion are impeccable care for all subjects.

He is married and the proud father of six children and (so far) 6 lively grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys jogging and skiing, as well as gardening and playing the guitar. View CV

Douglas P. Zmolek, M.D.

Dr. Zmolek is a board certified internist with a busy Internal Medicine practice in Manlius, New York. He joined CNY Internists in 1996, after an eight year career in Emergency Medicine at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. In 2015, he became a member of Crouse Medical Practice and continues his busy career in Manlius. Since 1996 he has been involved as Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator in many clinical trials for therapeutics including, but not exclusive to Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Arthritis, Obesity, Migraine, and Vaccines. Dr. Zmolek is devoted to the advancement of medical therapeutics through clinical trials, with the safety and benefit of his patients being the primary concern. View CV

Renee Barbato, BS, CCRC

Renee Barbato came to work with Dr. Stringer in his regular office practice in 1991. In 1992, a pharmaceutical company asked about their interest in doing their first research study. It went so well that Renee decided to pursue clinical research full time. Renee has her BS in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego and obtained her certification as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 1998 in affiliation with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Although not originally destined for the medical field, she finds clinical research exciting and different every day. She enjoys meeting new volunteers and watching them discover new ways to help themselves and others along the journey.

Although originally from Long Island, Renee has lived in the Central New York area since 1986. She is married and has two adult daughters. Although her girls keep her busy, she enjoys reading, traveling, skiing, and hiking in the great outdoors. View CV

Kelley Hawke, L.P.N., CCRC

Kelley has been with Central New York Clinical Research since 2001. Prior to this, she practiced as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Extended Care and Rehabilitative fields of medicine for 18 years. Kelley continued her education after discovering the intriguing world of Pharmaceutical Research. She earned certification as a Research Coordinator in March 2007. Kelley truly enjoys the diverse learning opportunities provided by bringing life-enhancing products to market. She maintains her nursing degree as well as her membership with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, both of which continue to provide education opportunities to keep her informed of the latest developments.

Kelley has resided in Madison County for the past 24 years and appreciates the beautiful vistas this area provides as well as a myriad of hiking trails to explore. Kelley looks forward to working with participants from all walks of life. View CV