Robert Hardi, MD, CPI, FAPCR
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine & Health
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Principal Investigator
Silver Springs, MD
What is your current role?
After 22 years as Medical Director and Principal Investigator of Chevy Chase Clinical Research, as part of a single specialty gastroenterology practice, I am at a new practice and in the process of setting up another clinical research site as Medical Director and PI of Capitol Research.
What is the best part of your occupation?
I love mixing clinical practice with clinical research.
How did you become interested in clinical research?
Our colleagues in urology organized a doctor-owned chain of sites, essentially an SMO, called Affiliated Research Centers (ARC). When they became successful, they recruited a string of gastroenterology practices, and I volunteered to be the partner responsible for research in our practice.
How did you become involved with the APCR?
I wanted to belong to a professional organization representing clinical researchers and be recognized as a professional by sponsors and CROs.
Explain how you benefit from being a member and/or fellow of the APCR.
I have found a group of colleagues involved in clinical research across all specialties and other parts of our industry. I feel supported by them, I learn from them and feel that APCR, especially when it reaches critical mass, represents all of our interests. Fellowship in APCR is a true distinction, recognized by sponsors. This leads to more study grants and even better budgets.
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?
I really would like clinical research to be recognized as a legitimate occupation. I also would like to see research more fully integrated into everyday clinical practice. I'd like to see the advent of more active controlled studies and real-life experience studies.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I like to travel, read, listen to classical music and try to see operas in as many different cities as possible.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I have been licensed to practice medicine in Hungary, Germany and in the United States.
Feel free to review my LinkedIn profile. I’ll try to cover additional material in my Delegate’s report from the AMA House of Delegates meeting that ended on June 13.