Southern Gastroenterology Associates
3100 Wellons Blvd.
New Bern, North Carolina 28562

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Southern Gastroenterology Associates (SGA) provides comprehensive care for people with esophageal, intestinal, liver and nutritional disorders. SGA is a physician owned, private practice, a division of Coastal Carolina Healthcare (CCHC), the premier multi-specialty group in the area offering a wide range of ancillary services as well as most major medical specialties. These include Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Hematology, Pulmonology, Neurology, sleep disorders, imaging and urgent care.

In addition to the SGA physicians, who are specially trained to diagnose and manage patients with esophageal, liver and intestinal disorders, our staff includes two nurse practitioners and a Physician Assistant. We also have a Registered Dietician and a nutrition and weight loss program. Our 2 busy offices, one in New Bern and the other in Morehead City, and private CCHC Endoscopy Center serve the Eastern North Carolina area. We have a long history of distinguished Gastrointestinal disease management, advanced Gastroenterology endoscopic procedures and over 5 years of excellence in Gastrointestinal clinical research.

Therapeutic Specialities Include:

  • Bowel Prep
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Cirrhosis and Liver Failure
  • Colorectal Adenomas (diagnosis)
  • Colorectal Cancer (Screening and diagnosis)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis
  • ERCP procedures
  • Erosive Esophagitis
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • GERD, dyspepsia
  • Hepatobiliary disease
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hyperlipidemia in patients with liver disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Infrared Coagulation (IRC) for internal hemorrhoids
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Diarrhea
  • Nutritional and weight loss program
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Pill Endoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis

We have worked with numerous sponsors and CRO's, including:

  • Pfizer
  • AstraZeneca
  • Quintiles
  • ICON
  • Ironwood
  • Centocor
  • Forest Laboratories
  • Kendle
  • PPD Development
  • Eisai
  • Salix
  • UCB
  • Furiex Pharmaceuticals
  • Novella
  • Epigenomics

Southern Gastroenterology Associates has been involved in clinical research for the past 6 years. Collectively the research staff has over 31 years of clinical research experience. We focus in Phase II, III, and IV clinical trials. Subjects for research studies are generated from our large GI practice population and database, our referring physicians within Coastal Carolina Healthcare and central advertising campaigns throughout Eastern North Carolina.

Therapeutic Research Specialties include:
We have conducted or are conducting studies for the following conditions:

  • Barretts Esophagus
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Crohns Disease
  • GERD, erosive esophagitis
  • GERD
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Diarrhea
  • Opiod-induced Constipation
  • Pancreatitis
  • Proctitis
  • Proctosigmoiditis
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Led by W. Stewart Futch, Jr., MD, our Principal Investigator, and our SGA Investigators have an established record of performance and excellence conducting clinical trials. David E. Byrd, MD, Joseph S. Healy, MD, Patricia G.Lewis, FNP-C, Frances W. Bailey, FNP-C, and Jennifer Scott, PA, collectively have over 24 years of Gastrointestinal clinical research experience.

W. Stewart Futch, Jr., MD is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Futch graduated from the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He later received his masters degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia, in Richmond, VA. He received a medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, where he also trained as an intern and resident. He completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia. He served as Chief Fellow and Clinical Instructor of Medicine at MCV following his fellowship. Dr. Futch also served as an instructor at the Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has advanced certification in hepatobiliary disease, ERCP and advanced therapeutic endoscopy. He is a Fellow in the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Futch is a frequent honorary speaker for gastrointestinal continuing education programs.

Our experienced clinical research team includes 2 experienced study coordinators who recruit and manage patients, prepare and submit regulatory documents to sponsors, IRB's and CRO's, assist in budget and contract negotiations and provide on going communication to the investigator team and between the study site and the sponsors and CRO's. We take great effort in adhering to strict protocol compliance, regulatory compliance and professionalism within every aspect of our clinical research program.

Donna Bashford, RN, BSN
Donna received her BSN in nursing from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 1984. She went immediately into the pediatric open heart unit at Henrietta Egleston Hospital in Atlanta. Donna began her 12 year experience in medical industry and device in 1987 with SpaceLabs, Inc. She branched into the Cardiac Cath Lab that lead to her research experience beginning in 1993 with Guidant Corporation with investigational cardiovascular medical devices. Donna has over 20 years experience in Cardiology, with over 6 years of that time in Cardiovascular research of devices and pharmaceuticals. She has also had the opportunity to work at George Washington University Medical Center as a Study Coordinator and as a staff member at this Core lab for Acute MI studies. She has had experience as a monitor both for sponsors and CRO's, and currently is a Clinical Research Coordinator for SGA. She has 2 years of Gastroenterology research experience and over 8 years total research experience.

Lisa Ortega, LPN, BS
Lisa received her Bachelors Degree in Nutritional Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. She has experience as a personal trainer certified by NFPT. Lisa joined the Army and became and currently is a Combat Medic and Practical Nurse. She has been an LPN for over 4 years. She also keeps current her EMT-B license. Lisa has 2 years as an endoscopy procedure nurse, and joined our research team after intensive research training in 2009.

New Bern is located in Craven County, which has a population of over 90,000 people. The physicians of Southern Gastroenterology Associates have a patient base of over 40,000.

Our physicians also care for patients in the following surrounding counties:

  • Craven County
  • Carteret County
  • Jones county
  • Pitt County
  • Lenoir County
  • Onslow County

Immunology/Infectious Diseases

Southern Gastroenterology Associates (SGA) was founded in 1997, and is located in Eastern North Carolina. SGA has two busy offices and is adjacent to our private, state of the art CCHC Endoscopy Center.

Facilities include:

  • 3 Endoscopy Suites
  • ECG capabilities
  • Centrifuge
  • Specimen Refrigerator and -70 freezer
  • Dry Ice access
  • 2 Dedicated research coordinators
  • Locked drug storage
  • Secured long term storage for research study files
  • Private offices for Research Staff and coordinators
  • Private room for monitors
  • Conference room
  • Central IRB Capabilities
  • Dedicated copy, fax, wireless internet access, and phone available for monitors
  • CLIA certified laboratory
  • Electronic Data Capture experience for all research staff
  • Phlebotomy
  • Dedicated clinical laboratory
  • IATA certified research staff
  • Nutritional Counseling Center
  • Body Composition analysis

Donna L. Bashford, RN, BSN
Clinical Study Coordinator
Southern Gastroenterology Associates
3100 Wellons Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
252-633-4652 (fax)

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