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Peter Ventre, MD

Principal Investigator

  • Founder, Research Centers of America and Ventre Medical Associates
  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances and Suboxone

Dr. Ventre has built a strong reputation over the years within the research community as being a diligent and insightful investigator. With experience in more than 100 clinical trials, he ensures excellent patient care and thorough involvement in the research process.

Dr. Ventre completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Science from the University of Puerto Rico and continued his medical studies at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Ibero americana, Santo Domingo and started his residency training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Cabrini Medical Center for Internal Medicine and Psychiatry before completing his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Florida Psychiatry Program.

In addition to his service as Principal Investigator at RCA, Dr. Ventre is owner of one of Broward County’s largest group practices, Ventre Medical Associates (VMA). VMA is adjacent to the RCA offices and in working closely with the clinicians; this provides a quality referral source for potential RCA research subjects. VMA is currently contracted with Broward Health, Broward County’s largest hospital system, to provide all psychiatric services for two of their largest hospitals: Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point. Dr. Ventre serves as Chief of Psychiatry at Broward Health Medical Center.

Lisa Mai Nguyen, PSYD

Principal Investigator

  • Founder, Research Centers of America
  • Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Nguyen is a highly experienced investigator at Research Centers of America and is responsible for the overall operation, direction, and expansion of RCA. Dr. Nguyen has experience with over 75 clinical trials in varying roles of Principal Investigator, Sub-Investigator, Rater, and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

Dr. Nguyen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Jacksonville University and subsequently obtained a position providing Day Treatment services for Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians with varying diagnoses such as schizophrenia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This experience solidified her desire to pursue her Master of Science and Doctorate of Psychology degrees from Nova Southeastern University, Center for Psychological Services. Dr. Nguyen completed her residency at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education where she also participated in research studies. During her graduate studies, Dr. Nguyen maintained positions providing psychological/psychoeducational assessments to children and adolescents as well as assessments and/or referrals for inpatient psychiatric admissions.

Dr. Nguyen accumulated over a decade of relevant clinical experience throughout her education, training, and career and was always involved in research to remain on the forefront of new areas of therapeutic interest. Dr. Nguyen’s clinical experience with both adults and children and a broad spectrum of psychological disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings has paved the way for her current success in all roles of conducting clinical trials.

Nelson Cordero-Torres, MD

Principal Investigator

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances and Suboxone

Dr. Cordero has delved into clinical research since starting with RCA and is currently one of RCA’s Principal Investigators. He has experience with over 50 clinical trials and always maintains abreast on current research in CNS. Dr. Cordero’s experience and leadership pave the way for success in conducting clinical trials at RCA.

Dr. Cordero earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Science through the University of Puerto Rico campuses in Aguadilla and San Juan. He continued his studies at Central University of the Caribbean in Bayamon, Puerto Rico graduating from the Medical School Program in 2008. Dr. Cordero completed his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. During his residency, Dr. Cordero gained tremendous experience moonlighting with VMA where he was able to apply his knowledge and experience in all areas of psychiatry.

Dr. Cordero is currently Medical Director of Serenity Detox and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the RCA team. As an investigator at RCA, Dr. Cordero-Torres is committed to delivering expert knowledge in all therapeutic areas and quality patient care.

Sandeep Mendiratta, MD

Sub-Investigator

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances and Suboxone

Dr. Mendiratta has gained experience in clinical research since beginning his career as a psychiatrist. Dr. Mendiratta has served as sub-investigator for the majority of RCA’s clinical trials in both the outpatient and inpatient settings for a variety of diagnoses including schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse and depression. His expertise in these areas have led to several features in Broward Health’s Monthly Magazine and local television newscasts.

Dr. Mendiratta earned his Bachelor of Science and Medical Degrees from the accelerated program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine/Kent State University. In this program, Dr. Mendiratta completed undergraduate studies in three years and continued immediately into the medical school program. Students accepted into this program must have demonstrated tremendous drive and the ability to handle such a rigorous program during their high school studies. Dr. Mendiratta completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Florida Psychiatry Program.

Dr. Mendiratta’s proficiency is highlighted by his past appointment as Medical Director of Atlantic Shores Hospital and his current position as Chief of Psychiatry at Broward Health Imperial Point. He remains dedicated to the advancement of clinical research and delivering excellent patient care through his knowledge, experience, and expertise.

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