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Peninsula Research|Our Facility Meets the Needs of Our Clients


The center has over 2600 sq ft of dedicated space including:

  • Use of Central IRB with dedicated Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • All Clinical Research Coordinators Certified by either ACRP or SOCRA
  • Six Patient Rooms – Four with murphy beds to accommodate overnight studies
  • Lab draw area
  • Adjacent Local lab if needed
  • Conference room with TV projection capabilities for presentations
  • Dedicated Monitor area with telephones
  • Fax, copier and scanner available
  • Capacity to perform 12 or 24hr PFTs and PKs
  • Large data base of qualified and experienced subjects
  • 20 0 freezer and dry ice availability
  • Limited access and individually temperature control space for Investigational Product
  • Dedicated Investigational Product refrigerator; locked, temperature monitored and limited access
  • Refrigerated centrifuge
  • Center owned EKG and PFT equipment
  • Large imaging facility less than 2.5 miles from center


Dr. McDonnellJames E. McDonnell, M.D., P.L.C., Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator – A Native of South Florida, Dr. McDonnell graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1989. After completing his family practice residency at Halifax Medical Center, he has been in private practice in Ormond Beach since 1992. He has a strong interest in controlling diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, all with the intent of preventing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. His interests in research will all reflect his strong interest in maintaining the overall health of the patient. A Father of 3 young men, he enjoys fishing, bicycling, and reading in his spare time.


wd2ggjpaMark B. Barettella, M.D., F.A.C.C., Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator – Dr. Barettella is a board certified Cardiologist who completed his Cardiology fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. While there he had exposure to and participated in many clinical trials. Under the direction of Dr. Eric J. Topol there was a strong focus on scientific data collection, interpretation and critical analysis of clinical trial publications. With this background Dr. Barettella has developed the analytic skills necessary to make research outcomes meaningful in practice. His journey in medicine began at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, PA where he earned a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He graduated from the Rutger’s Medical School/ University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Internship and residency in Internal Medicine took him to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, followed by three years of Cardiology Fellowship training at The Cleveland Clinic. He then completed a special fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at The Miami Heart Institute, Miami Beach, FL. Dr. Barettella has been in solo private practice in Daytona Beach, FL for 15 years. He currently serves as the Subsection Chief of Cardiology as well as the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services at Halifax Health Medical Center. He is a member of the faculty at Florida State School of Medicine at Daytona State College. In their free time, he and his lovely wife enjoy their hobbies of fishing, amateur radio and performance driving.

 Dr. ZakJohn M. Zak, M.D.,, Principal Investigator/Sub-Investigator. Dr. Zak is a specialist in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Zak did his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Bronx VA Medical Center and fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Capetown.


 Dr BenezetteAlyn L. Benezette, D.O., Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator– Dr. Benezette, Clinical Director and founding Partner at Coastal Neurology and Pain Management Centers received his Doctorate of Osteopathy from Michigan State University in 1981 and this was followed by his internship at Botsford General Hospital, Michigan. He then undertook his residency and fellowship at Wayne State University, Detroit. Dr Benezette served the US Navy Medical Corps in the USA and Japan and continues to serve the United States Naval Ready Reserve.
Dr. Benezette’s qualifications include:
Board certified, licensed neurologist, Pain Management and Balance Disorder Physician.
Evaluate and manage broad scope of acute, chronic and complex problems related to injured workers, Florida Department of Labor/Workmen’s Compensation, State of Florida and New York State.
Experience evaluating and treating personal injury cases from both plaintiff and defendant perspectives.
Experience utilizing and applying American Medical Association and Florida impairment rating guides.
Experience examining and treating neurologic occupational/environmental illnesses including central/peripheral nerve injuries, organic brain syndrome, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic disorders, peripheral neuropathy/radiculopathy, spinal cord injuries, intervertebral disc disorders, degenerative spine disorders, musculoskeletal illnesses.

Dr. LightburnWinston Lightburn, M.D.,, Principal Investigator/Sub-Investigator – A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Lightburn received his B.S. in microbiology with a minor in chemistry from University of Florida.  He subsequently received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C.  Dr. Lightburn completed emergency medicine residency with the honor of serving as Chief Resident at Level 1 Trauma Center King Drew Medical Center in Compton California. Interest in HIV medicine started during the above mentioned residency when he volunteered at a primary care HIV clinic alongside infectious disease fellows as well as family and internal medicine (primary care residents).

Board Certified by American Board of Medical Specialties in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Lightburn has worked in various Volusia county emergency departments since 2002.  He is currently working at Halifax Health Medical Center emergency department. He is a faculty member at Florida State College of Medicine-Daytona Campus.  Dr Lightburn also serves for the American Heart Association as an Instructor for BLS, ACLS and PALS.  Additionally, he serves as Medical Director for Outreach Community Center Network clinic where HIV and Hepatitis B and C care is provided.

Dr. Lightburn is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish as well as a proud father.  His passion is mentoring youth using basketball as the delivery vehicle.

Dr GeQ. Jocelyn Ge M.D., Ph.D., Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator–  Prior to medical school, Dr. Ge did graduate research and received her Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and published multiple peer-reviewed research papers in prestigious national and international journals. Committed to making a difference for other people, Dr. Ge then received her medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

During her Ophthalmology career, Dr. Ge received multiple awards, including the Award of Excellence for an Outstanding paper at the annual Tulane Eye Alumni Day. In 2005, she was one of only ten Ophthalmologists in the USA who received the prestigious American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation research grant. She is active in research and has presented her results at major national conferences such as the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), ASCRS, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Recently, she also received the American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award with Commendation and Lifelong Education for Ophthalmologist (LEO) award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Craig Cole, M.D.Craig N. Cole, M.D., Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator– Dr. Cole, born and raised in Indiana, attended Purdue University for his undergraduate education where he graduated with Highest Distinction in Biochemistry, completing both the Honors Biochemistry Curriculum and an Honors Biochemistry Research Thesis. After graduation and interning at Eli Lilly & Company, Dr. Cole was employed as a biochemist for Amgen, Inc. in Thousand Oaks, CA for four years before returning to medical School.  Dr. Cole received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. While there also participated in research involving ocular blood flow and it’s relationship to Glaucoma. After completing a general medicine internship year at St. Vincent’s Hospitals of Indianapolis, Dr. Cole completed his ophthalmology surgical residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. Before leaving Indianapolis, Dr. Cole also served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Community Hospitals in Indianapolis and was a volunteer Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Indiana University, teaching surgery to future ophthalmologist  as well.

Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Cole is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS).

Dr Cole has been performing cataract surgeries in the professional environment since 2006 and is experience with multiple lens implantation techniques including standard as well as advanced technology Toric and Multifocal lens implants. Dr. Cole’s surgeries also involve the “no stitch, no injection, no patch” techniques as well as the newest in  LASER assisted cataract surgery technologies.

In addition to cataract surgery, Dr. Cole is also experienced at Glaucoma treatment (both medical and LASER), Diabetes care, Dry Eye Disease, Macular Degeneration and many other LASER procedures and comprehensive ophthalmology procedures.

Dr. Cole believes in compassionate, quality care, regardless of your eye care needs and is looking forward to becoming a integral and trusted member of the Volusia County healthcare community.

In his leisure time, Dr. Cole enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dogs, travel, the arts and exploring nature in his new home of Florida.

Jason Schultz, MDJason Schultz, M.D., Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator– Dr. Schultz earned his Doctorate of Allopathic Medicine from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine. He has lived and worked in the greater Orlando area since 2006. He enjoys working with computers in his time away from work. He currently writes cannabis recommendations for CannaMD.com.

JonathancroppedJonathan Falcone, PA-C, Sub-Investigator. Mr. Falcone has been a Physician Assistant since 1999 and he currently works as a hospitalist at our two local hospitals. Mr. Falcone has a cumulative experience over 9 years in over 40 studies in multi-therapeutic Phase II-IV clinical trials. Jonathan is married and has a little girl that is the light of his life. His interests include serving in Medical Missions as he recently returned from a trip to Africa.

PRI SAM_1686Angel I. Ribó, PA-C, MPAS, AAHIVS, Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator– See information under Management Team.