EBGCR Clinical Research Principal Investigators are actively involved in pharmacologic outcome clinical trials especially with new agents in Phase I - Phase III. Currently, through clinical trials our team of physicians can offer patients access to new drugs in clinical trials years before they become commercially available. Learn more about the team of experts supporting research at Encore Borland Groover Clinical Research.
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Matthew Braddock, D.O.

ENCORE Borland Groover Clinical Research EBGCR Westside

My philosophy in being a physician is that through prevention and education, my patients and I can work together to achieve their health goals.

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Kevin Comar, MD

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Comar completed a residency in gastroenterology and fellowship in gastroenterology training.

Dr. Comar holds board certifications for both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology. In addition to colon cancer screening and prevention, Dr. Comar is passionate about discovering new treatment options and helping patients deal with problems associated with disorders of the entire gastroenterology system.…

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Scott Cooper, MD

Dr. Cooper’s clinical focus is on pancreaticobiliary diseases, especially the diagnosis, staging and treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies.

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Ana Corregidor, MD


Dr. Corregidor is the medical director of Borland Groover’s Liver Center and is active in several clinical trials investigating new drugs in the treatment of Hepatitis C and B and other liver diseases.

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Linda Di Teodoro, M.D.

After graduating from Wagner College as a registered nurse, Dr. Di Teodoro entered medical school at St. George University. After medical school, Dr. Di Teodoro relocated to Syracuse to begin her internal medicine residency and ultimately be the chief medical resident for Upstate University Hospital.

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H. Jackson Downey, MD

H. Jackson Downey, MD, is an experienced family medicine physician who has devoted his medical career to helping patients in Northeast Florida.

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Kyle Etzkorn, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.I.

CEO and Physician of Borland Groover

Dr. Etzkorn joined Borland Groover in 1996, having a special interest in the advancement of therapeutic endoscopy and the management of liver diseases.

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Sandra Hoogerwerf, MD

Dr. Sandra Hoogerwerf is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Sandra Hoogerwerf has a deep understanding of digestive health issues, and functional bowel and motility disorders.

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Mark Fleisher, M.D.


Dr. Fleisher has published and presented at national meetings on new treatments in the management of inflammatory bowel disease. He is presently studying new treatment agents in the management of inflammatory bowel disease and is an active speaker nationally in IBD.

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Vikram Gopal, M.D.


Dr. Gopal is interested in all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology but has special interests in hepatobiliary work, treatment of Barrett’s esophagus and prevention of colorectal cancer.

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Michael Herman, M.D.


Dr. Herman is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Transplantation, American Gastroenterological Association and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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Michael Ibach, MD


Dr. Ibach returned to Louisiana to complete his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana. He was in private practice in Jackson, Tennessee until 2011.

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Dr. Michael Koren, MD, C.P.I.

Cardiologist and Chief Executive Officer of Jacksonville Center for Research

Dr. Koren’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet.

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James Kimberly, M.D.

Dr. James Kimberly, MD is a gastroenterology specialist in Orange Park, FL. Dr. Kimberly completed a residency at Wake Forest University – Baptist Medical Center – Winstin-Salem NC. He currently practices at Borland Groover. Dr. Kimberly is board certified in Gastroenterology.

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Ali Lankarani, M.D.


Dr. Lankarani is a member of the Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Center (ATEC) at Borland Groover and performs advanced endoscopic procedures for diagnosis and treatment of pre-cancerous and early cancers of gastrointestinal tract.

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Bharat K Misra, M.D.

Gastroenterologist and Research Director

Dr. Misra is actively involved with the Encore Borland Groover Research Center and has been the principal investigator and sub investigator in multiple clinical trials. Author of Chapter on Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Manual of Critical Care Medicine, a multi author textbook published by the American College of Physicians (ACP)The role of a primary care physician in the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Peer reviewed article published in “Northeast Florida Medicine”, 2016.

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Juan Carlos Munoz, M.D.


Dr. Juan Munoz is board certified in gastroenterology and has special interest and expertise in the treatment and care of Crohn’s Disease.

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Ben Pineau, M.D., F.R.C.P.

Site Manager and Gastroenterologist

Dr. Pineau graduated magna cum laude and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario. He completed his gastroenterology residency in Canada. He then attended the University of Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, where he completed his fellowship in advanced endoscopy at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.…

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B. Marie Reid

Dr. Reid completed her medical education and fellowship training at both University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida, and the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Reid also served as an attending physician while in Virginia at McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

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Tarun Rai, M.D., M.S.


Dr. Rai has a thoughtful approach to patient care.

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Jason Ross, MD

Dr. Ross earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, his Doctorate in Medicine from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), his residency at Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey, and completed his Gastroenterology training at ETSU.

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Nydia Sanchez, M.D.


Dr. Sanchez currently is a member of the United States Navy where she serves as a Lt. Commander.

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Raquel Watkins, MD, MS

Dr. Watkins is passionate about helping patients with allergies and/or asthma find relief. She is currently the PI for the EBGCR Atopic Dermatitis clinical research study.