TRG Staff

Total Research Group (TRG) is a fairly new and innovative research facility in South Florida. However, its owner, Lillian A. Ser, Esq., and its Medical Director, Dr. Juan “John” A. Fernandez, are not new to clinical research.

Lillian has been a licensed attorney for 20 years and is armed with an M.B.A. and years of experience owning her own law practice. For the last 7 years, Lillian has been representing clinical research sites in the negotiation of CTAs, ICFs and other related clinical research contracts with Sponsors and CROs. As such, she ensures a quick turnaround in CTAs/ICFs (no more than 36 hours) and is the direct contact and decision maker for budget negotiations.

Dr. John Fernandez, TRG’s Medical Director and Principal Investigator for all Nephrology/Renal-related and Internal Medicine Studies, has been participating in research since his early days as a Fellow at the University of Miami. Dr. Fernandez, a Board-Certified Nephrologist, has a robust nephrology practice, which serves an active patient population of over 3,000 patients with Stage 2 through 5 Kidney Disease. In addition, Dr. Fernandez serves as Medical Director for two large Dialysis Centers. Including these two facilities and several other serviced by the practice, Dr. Fernandez’ dialysis census totals close to 300 patients. Dr. Fernandez also serves in leadership positions at several local hospitals and long-term care facilities.

TRG’s Site Director, Ana Portela, has a Masters in Neuroscience and years of working with the pharmaceutical industry, first in pre-clinical lab research and then as a pharmaceutical representative. Her years long experience in the scientific arena, plus over 20 years management and organizational experience, ensures that the logistics and detail required to run an efficient and quality research site are in place.

Juan A. Fernandez, MD

Principle Investigator
Dr. Juan A. Fernandez is a founding member of Total Research Group and its Principal Investigator. With extensive experience in nephrology hypertension, dialysis and transplantation, he has served since 1996 as president/managing partner of South Florida Kidney Partners, a robust practice headquartered I Miami. Affiliated with multiple dialysis centers, he has been principal investigator in major clinical trials in his areas of specialization and has published extensively.

A diplomate of the Federation of State Medical Boards and diplomate, Nephrology, Hypertension, Dialysis and Transplantation

Lillian Ser

Guillermo Jimenez

Ricardo Garcia

Kirenia Segura

Jessica Gonzalez

Ana Portela