From our roots in Nephrology, we have expanded into many other specialty fields, including cardiometabolic, infectious diseases, geriatrics, and many other challenging & underserved areas of healthcare. We have dedicated ourselves to providing the highest quality clinical trials to our sponsors, investigators, and study volunteers.

We pride ourselves in our collective experience, industry knowledge, and dedication to moving patient health forward.

Our Leadership


Dr. Sali Aswad – President

Sali Aswad, M.D., founder and President of NICR, is a French double-board certified physician, specializing in Internal Medicine, as well as Nephrology, with over 25 years of experience in treating patients with kidney diseases with transplantation needs. He served on the USC faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology & Medicine and has authored or co-authored over 100 articles published in well-respected, peer-reviewed journals.

LindaLinda Aswad – Vice President of Operations
RyanRyan Dudley – Senior Manager of Business Development
LudmilaLudmila Lubyanaya – Chief Financial Officer
HebertoHeberto Schramm, M.D. – Director of Medical Affairs
JenniferJennifer Pham, M.D. – Patient Enrollment Manager
JessyJessy McCollum – Director of Clinical Operations
AndrewAndrew M Zhao – Data Operations Manager
KathyKathy Hernandez – HR / Administrative Assistant Manager
TrisaTrisa Palmares, M.D. – Regional Manager
VincentVincent Ribaya, M.D. – Regional Manager
OscarOscar Campos, M.D. – Regional Manager
EvelynEvelyn De LaCruz, M.D. – Regional Manager

The NICR Team

Regulatory Affairs

Evan Fuller – Regulatory Specialist

Patient Recruitment and Outreach

Adam Schwartz – Recruitment Coordinator

Orange County (Garden Grove and Irvine)

Trisa Palmares, M.D. – Regional Manager
Huong Nguyen – CRC
Teresa Kullman – CRC
Julia Carr – CRC
Michelle Nguyen – Junior CRC
Britney Nguyen – RA
Lilian Tu – Data Specialist

Pomona and Upland

Vincent Ribaya, M.D. – Regional Manager
Elizabeth Ribaya, M.D. – CRC
Lendy Torres – CRC
Maria Murillo – CRC
Tyler Do – CRC
Erika Luna – RA
Deinna Flores – Recruitment Specialist
May Win – Data Specialist

Victorville and Barstow

Oscar Campos, M.D. – Regional Manager
Jorge Campos-Cortes – CRC
Monica Simonetta – RA




Evelyn De LaCruz, M.D. – Regional Manager
Lorena Rangel – RA
Abigail De Santiago – RA
Sandra Ocampo – Patient Recruitment Specialist

San Antonio

Christian Herrera, M.D. – CRC

Our Team