Our Physicians

Alyn Anderson, MD
CA AA5770638 Board Certified, GCP/ICH trained, principal investigator for CITrials' Santa Ana/Orange County location. He brings over 40 years of practice and 14 years of clinical trial experience to his position. Dr. Anderson graduated from Loma Linda College with a Bachelor’s in Zoology before going onto receive a Medical Education M.D. from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. He is a Patients Choice winner for 2010-2012 and is affiliated with 10 hospitals. He has held various professional positions at Huntington Beach Medical Center, including Chief of Staff, Chief of Medicine, Chairman for the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees, and most recently on the ECG Panel.
His clinical trial specialties include the areas of Type I and Type II Diabetes, Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, COPD, Hypertension, Acute Cardiovascular, Chronic Migraine/Headache Pain, Hypercholesterolemia, Cardiac Disease, Narcolepsy, Oral Contraception Study, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Allergy, Pulmonary, Immunology, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Interstitial Cystitis, Vaccines, Vasomotor symptoms, Gout, Overactive Bladder, Obesity, Constipation, Gastroparesis, IBS-C, IBS-D, IBS-M, Bipolar Mania & Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Acute Mania, Biomarkers of Exposure and Biomarkers of Potential Harm, Schizophrenia, Depression, Nasal Polyps, Sinusitis, Smoking Cessation, Rhinoconjunctivitis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia in Subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia (Episodic, Persistent, or Recurrent), Parasomnias, Circadian Rhythm, Autism, and other Endocrinology Studies. These indications have been treated using both pharmaceuticals and devices.
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Robert Bota, MD, MSG,DFAPA
CA A103585 Board Certified, GCP/ICH trained, APA Distinguished Psychiatrist, principal investigator for CITrials' Santa Ana/Orange County location. Dr. Bota has over 17 years of clinical research experience and publications spanning Schizophrenia Prodrome, Cognitive Impairment, Bipolar Disorder, Catatonia, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Major Depressive Disorder, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Schizophrenia Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, Acute Agitation, Obesity, Anxiety Disorders, and Geriatric Neurological Disorders. These indications have been treated using both pharmaceuticals and devices. Dr. Bota is an alumnus of the University of Southern California for Gerontology. Dr. Bota completed his internship and residency at UMKC, Psychiatry. He earned the Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2017, received the Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association Award of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as many honors and awards.
Over the span of his career, he has been the Director of Middle Flint Mental Health center, Chair for Research for Kaiser Permanente Riverside, and has been Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UC Irvine. Also, he is the Editor in Chief of Mental Illness Journal, which under his guidance the journal became PubMed indexed five years ago and the citation score increased to 1. He served at the University of California Irvine as the medical director for medical psychiatry services and director of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinic, publishing with dozens of residents and medical students. Also, he served for three years as a member of the Institutional Review Board at the University of California Irvine.
His clinical trial specialties include the areas of Acute Schizophrenia, Acute Bipolar Mania & Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression, MDD, PTSD,Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild cognitive impairment, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia, Depression psychosis, GAD, OCD, Type I and Type II Diabetes, Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, COPD, Hypertension, Chronic Migraine/Headache Pain, Hypercholesterolemia, Cardiac Disease, Pneumonia, Chronic Ear Infections, Infectious Diseases, Narcolepsy, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Allergy, Pulmonary, Immunology, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vaccines, Vasomotor symptoms, Gout, Overactive Bladder, Obesity, Constipation, Gastroparesis, IBS-C,IBS-D, IBS-M, Nasal Polyps, Sinusitis, Rhinoconjunctivitis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia in Subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia (Episodic, Persistent, or Recurrent), Parasomnias, Circadian Rhythm, Autism, and other Endocrinology Studies. These indications have been treated using both pharmaceuticals and devices.
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Eric Chang, MD
 CA A104168 Board Certified, GCP/ICH trained, Principal Investigator and Sub-Investigator for all CITrials’ sites.  Dr. Eric Chang has 14 years of clinical experience and 6 years of research experience.  In addition to his CITrials responsibilities, he has his own private practice, Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center, he also works as an assistant professor for the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, the Department of Pain Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the Department of Orthopedics.  Dr. Chang has a passion for continuing his education and staying up to date on the newest technologies, in the past 5 years he has taken part in many workshops and continued education opportunities.  He has clinical research experience with topics such as Pathology, Genetics, Epidemiology, Osteoarthritis, Chronic Migraine, Rotator Cuff Stem Cell, Vector Pain Relief, Stem Cell Injection into Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears, and Internal Medicine.
 Dr. Chang and site have experience in studies that includes imaging, bio sampling and specialty testing. This experience includes but is not limited to, various MRI scanners (with & without contrast), Discovery VCT 2007, Multislice CT Scanner, Multidetector CT Scanner, Hologic Selenia (2D & 3D), GE Lunar DXA, iDXA Dual-Energy, Hologic DX, Mindray Z6 Ultrasound system, SAD, MAD PK sampling, spirometry, Lumbar puncture (CSF), full surgery center for TJR, pain management primarily for device implants, with or without image-guidance, special ethanol and drug testing and infusion equipment.  PSG centers for any type of sleep study, CPAP, BIPAP therapy, and Oral appliance therapy with board-certified sleep physician sub-investigators. In addition, we can accommodate Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeries.
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Diane Highum, MD
CA G68947 Board Certified, GCP/ICH trained, principal investigator for CITrials' Bellflower/Los Angeles location.  She has been involved in clinical research for over 23 years working on over 130 industry research projects.  Furthermore, she has 10 years of experience in academics as an Investigator.  Dr. Highum is an honored alumnus of St. Olaf College for Philosophy, Wesley College for Pre-Med, and Harvard Medical School for her MD.  Dr. Highum completed her Psychiatric residencies at both the University of California, Irvine, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Her past positions include Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of California, Irvine, and Investigator for Pharmacological Development Physicians.  She is a leader in the LA area for adult and geriatric patient care and leads a grassroots effort to aid the community in mental health treatment, Amen Clinic.  Her CITrials site is a full-service inpatient and outpatient facility.  In addition to her CITrials responsibilities, she works as an attending MD at a hospital that also serves CNS subjects.
As an investigator, she has collaborated in Phase I – Phase IV studies involving the effects of various drugs and devices on Schizophrenia Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia in Subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia (Episodic, Persistent, or Recurrent), Narcolepsy, Obesity, Hypertension, Major Depressive Disorder, Moderate Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, PTSD, OCD, Asthma, Narcolepsy, Psychosis, Acute Mania, Anorexia Nervosa, Panic Disorder, OA of the Knee, General Anxiety Disorder, Mixed Episode, Parasomnias, Hypersomnia, Idiopathic Hypersomnia, and Circadian Rhythm.
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Grace Morehart, MD
CA G76030 Board Certified, GCP/ICH trained, Principal Investigator for CITrials, Riverside/San Bernardino/Riverside Counties. She has over 20 years of clinical trials experience and 28 years of private practice experience in urgent care acute medicine. Dr. Morehart graduated from medical school at Rush Medical College of Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She became a Diplomate of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1991.
Her clinical trial specialties include the areas of Acute Schizophrenia, Acute Bipolar Mania & Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression, MDD, PTSD,Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild cognitive impairment, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia, Smoking Cessation, Depression psychosis, GAD, OCD, Type I and Type II Diabetes, Oral Contraception Study, Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, COPD, Hypertension, Chronic Migraine/Headache Pain, Hypercholesterolemia, Cardiac Disease, Pneumonia, Chronic Ear Infections, Infectious Diseases, Narcolepsy, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Allergy, Biomarkers of Exposure and Biomarkers of Potential Harm, Pulmonary, Immunology, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vaccines, Vasomotor symptoms, Gout, Overactive Bladder, Obesity, Constipation, Oral Contraception, Gastroparesis, IBS-C,IBS-D, IBS-M, Nasal Polyps, Sinusitis, Rhinoconjunctivitis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia in Subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia (Episodic, Persistent, or Recurrent), Parasomnias, Circadian Rhythm, Autism, and other Endocrinology Studies. These indications have been treated using both pharmaceuticals and devices.
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Evagelos Coskinas, MD, PhD
CA 41670 Board Certified, and Geriatric Psychiatrist, No. 1776, GCP/ICH trained, principal investigator for CITrials' Santa Ana/ Orange County location with over 20 years of Research experience and 20 years of Clinical Experience. He obtained both his Ph.D. and M.D. at the University of South Florida completing his residency at the University of California Irvine. During his career, he worked in academic as well as was the Chief of Greece’s state hospitals of Attiki “Dromokaition”. In addition to his CITrials responsibilities, he works as a Partial Hospitalization Consultant for College Hospital in Laguna Woods, Medical Director Crisis Stabilization Unit & Vice Chief of Staff for College Hospital in Costa Mesa, and Medical Director for Pacific Grove in Riverside.
Dr. Coskinas and staff specialize in clinical trials in areas of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Insomnia (Episodic, Persistent, or Recurrent), Narcolepsy, Circadian Rhythm, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Migraine, Mania, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia in Subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease, ADHD, OA of the Knee, Autism, Parasomnias, Hypersomnia, Idiopathic Hypersomnia, Pain, Obesity, Type II Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, General CNS protocols as well as additional specialty protocols. These indications have been treated using both pharmaceuticals and devices. Dr. Coskina's site as all CITrials sites can accommodate both inpatient and outpatient studies ranging from adolescent to adult phase I to Phase III. His access to a local psychiatric hospital is a unique opportunity for his studies enrollment.
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Myron Reiff, MD
CA C36806 Board Certified, GCP/ICH trained, principal investigator for CITrials' Bellflower/Los Angeles and Santa Ana/Orange County locations. He brings a wealth of research knowledge; internal medicine, 30 years of extensive clinical practice, and 15 years in clinical research. Reiff graduated from medical school at Wayne State University in Michigan completing his internship and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Reiff currently holds multiple esteemed positions, in addition to his work with CITrials, including Medical Director of the Dermatology and General Practice, and a Physician Provider for MEDXM. He has over 15,000 post-operative care cases in his career, as an expert in medical and surgical management. Dr. Reiff is a Lifetime Diplomate, American Board of Medicine. He would be a great asset to any study!
As an investigator, he has collaborated in Phase I – Phase III studies involving the effects of various drugs and devices on Type I & Type II Diabetes, Pain Disorders, Prostatitis, Hyperuricosuria and Calcium Oxalate Stones, Joint Damage in Gout, Headache, Migraine, Women’s Health, Contraception, GU (male/female), Hormone Replacement, Hot flashes, Menopause Disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dermatology, Hypercholesterolemia, Smoking Cessation, Oral Contraception,Hypertension, Hypotension, Overactive Bladder, Circadian Rhythm, Asthma, COPD, Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, Constipation, Interstitial Cystitis, Biomarkers of Exposure and Biomarkers of Potential Harm...
, Gastroparesis, Joint Injuries, Narcolepsy, Binge Eating Disorder, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Diabetic Neuropathy Pain, Obesity, Nasal Polyps, Insomnia (Episodic, Persistent, or Recurrent), Sinusitis, Rhinoconjunctivitis, Bipolar Disorder, GERD, IBS-C,IBS-D, IBS-M, Heartburn, Schizophrenia Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Sleep Apnea, Major Depressive Disorder, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Mania, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Dementia, ADHD, Insomnia, Autism, Pain, General and Cognitive Impairment in Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Insomnia in Subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parasomnias, and Vascular Disease.
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