Welcome to this edition of the APCR member spotlight. In this feature, we highlight APCR members who are doing exciting things in the field of clinical research. This week we are featuring David Subich, MD, CPI, FAPCR.
David Subich, MD, CPI, FAPCR
Medical Director/Physician Investigator
The Villages, Fla.
What is your current role?
I am the Medical Director/PI for Bioclinica Research in The Villages, Fla.
What is the best part of your occupation?
Knowing that the work that we are doing today will help people.
How did you become interested in clinical research?
I have always loved science and did doctoral work in synthetic organic chemistry before attending medical school. As a result, medical research quickly followed in a busy, internal medicine practice. Eleven years ago, I transitioned to full-time research and have enjoyed the change.
How did you become involved with the APCR?
I have enjoyed the collegiality of other physicians in research. I originally belonged to APPI, which joined ACRP and has finally transitioned to APCR. I have been very happy with the focus and emphasis the academy has placed on the various aspects of research physicians are involved with. It is also encouraging to see the opportunities physicians have in the various aspects of research.
Explain how you benefit from being a member and/or fellow of the APCR.
I appreciate the annual APCR meetings (with CME), which present topics from industry, IRBs, sites and the research enterprise. The topics can be cutting edge, improved methods and even lessons learned. Above all, there is significant discussion time — adding practical aspects to the presentations. The Fellow designation is an honor and a confirmation of commitment to quality research.
What would you like to see occur in the field of clinical research (i.e., scientific advances, greater awareness of the field, etc.) during your career?
There are many areas of medicine where I would like to see further advances but none more than for those with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is difficult when it has been 20 years since the last approved medication for those with dementia.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
One of my main interests outside the office is taking a medical group to Guatemala City annually, as well as working in a free clinic.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I grew up playing the flute through graduate school. Also, my first-grade teacher told my parents I would never graduate high school.
I love offering new ways to help people with new approaches through clinical trials. And my wife is my hero.