For Patients

Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Many volunteers find that participation in a research study can be a great learning experience that allows them to have a better understanding of their medical condition and potential treatment options.

For some volunteers, participation may offer an opportunity to try an alternative treatment that is not currently provided outside of the research study.

Many volunteers will participate in a study to help solve health problems for future generations.

Are clinical trails safe?

During your participation in a clinical trail, you will receive regular and careful medical attention and you are monitored closely for safety concerns. Throughout your participation the researchers must inform you of any new risks, benefits or side effects they discover. Your participation is voluntary and you may decide to withdraw at anytime.

What can I except when I participate in a clinic trial?

Your first visit will vary on the type of study you are trying to qualify for, but in most cases the following will be conducted to see if you qualify for the clinical trial.

  • Reviewing the consent form (the consent form will explain the entire study) Your first visit can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the study.
  • Review of your medical history and any current medications your are taking.
  • A Physical exam
  • Vital signs
  • You might have a ECG and blood work done.
  • Height and weight will be checked.

What should I bring to my first visit?

  • A list of your current medications (prescriptions and over the counter medications)
  • Ask a family member or friend to come along for support and to hear the answers to any questions you might have.
  • Names and phone numbers of any physicians you would like to be informed about your participation in the research study.

Current Enrolling Studies

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Meet Our Research Staff

Dr. Amy Schlaifer

Dr. Amy Schlaifer earned her Bachelors of Science with a minor in Spanish at Northern Arizona University where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. During medical school, she participated in a rural health program as well as student government. After graduating she was awarded a urology residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Her residency at Loma Linda included two years of general surgery training and four years of urologic surgical training. Her training encompassed not only a wide array of male and female procedures, but also minimally invasive surgeries, cryotherapy of the prostate, and advanced low dose radiation techniques for stone treatment. She has contributed to advancements in the field of urology with multiple publications and presentations at international conferences. Her publications include work in female urology, prostate cancer, and radiation safety. Working alongside fellowship trained experts has afforded Dr. Schlaifer a wide array of surgical skills and expertise.

Dr. David J. Kaplan

Dr. David J. Kaplan is a urologic surgeon who has been awarded and recognized for his contributions to advancing knowledge in the field of Urology. Dr. Kaplan moved to the Valley from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed six years of Urologic training at Temple University Hospital and The Fox Chase Cancer Center.

While in Philadelphia, Dr. Kaplan developed his skills in minimally invasive surgery including robotic and laparoscopic surgery. In addition, Dr. Kaplan has extensive training in Nephron Sparing Surgery for kidney tumors which allows for the excision of a kidney mass and can avert the need for dialysis.

He completed his undergraduate work at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before returning to western New York to earn his M.D. degree at The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Upon graduation he was awarded a residency at Temple University Hospital where he completed two years of general surgery training and four years of Urology training, including time spent at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Dr. Kaplan has received multiple local, regional, and national accolades for his research on cancers of the urinary tract. In addition Dr. Kaplan is the author of multiple academic articles and textbook chapters.

Dr. Jennifer Klauschie

Dr. Jennifer Klauschie completed a 3 year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) at Mayo Clinic Arizona. She treats a wide variety of pelvic floor conditions; combining best practices using evidence based medicine, a multi-disciplinary approach for pelvic floor conditions, and a wide variety of medical treatments and surgical procedures.

Dr. Klauschie grew up in New Mexico before attending Wells College in upstate New York for her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She spent her summers doing research and preparing for medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She then returned to her hometown and attended medical school at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine where she received her MD. She found her passion for women's' health and entered residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO. During residency, she gained invaluable experience and surgical training which prepared her for entering fellowship. She continued her research and presented at the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and was accepted into fellowship at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

She chose the subspecialty of Urogynecology so that she could advance her knowledge and gain expertise in treating pelvic floor conditions. Her fellowship at Mayo Clinic allowed her to train with world-renowned experts in the field of gynecology and provided her with vast surgical experience. Although many urogynecologists in the community traditionally offer only vaginal surgery to repair pelvic floor conditions, Dr. Klauschie offers minimally invasive surgery, such as laparoscopic and robotic surgery. She continues to publish in the field of Urogynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. To stay abreast of current treatments, Dr. Klauschie attends and presents at national meetings such as the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (SUFU), American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), World Robotics Global Congress (WRGC), and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS). She's also a guest lecturer at Mayo Clinic's Urogynecology Course and Mayo Clinic's Advanced Endoscopic and robotic surgery course.


Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona is dedicated to conducting high quality clinical trials through adherence to GCP and ICH Standards along with following best medical practice standards. Our team of Investigators are committed to enrolling the right/qualified patients for your clinical trial and providing sponsors with clean quality data.

Patient recruitment is achieved by Investigator/Physician referrals and the sites database. With over 20 thousand patients in our database, we are confident our site will meet all enrollment goals that have been set for your clinical trial.

Our facility research capabilities include 2 procedure rooms and 9 exams rooms to ensure patient confidentiality; locked and secure temperature-controlled storage capability for both pharmaceutical and/or device research, including an IP refrigerator and -20 IP freezer for specimen storage; and an internal phlebotomy & specimen processing station that is equipped with over 2 licensed, experienced technologists.

Additional advantages of our research facility include: a designated room for monitoring of data, easy access to review of subject records, secure internal Wi-Fi capability and the convenience of an allocated copy machine and fax. Our ability to internally expedite contract and budgets, when combined with the use of a Central IRB, ensures a quick and efficient study start up.

If you would like to learn more about our facility and how we can help you with your clinical trial, please contact:
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If you would like to learn more about our facility and how we can help you with your clinical trial, please contact:
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