Feinstein Institute Builds Research Administrative Team to Drive Growth

Chelico and Strand will support expansion of research units and clinical trials

MANHASSET, NYThe Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has named John David Chelico, MD, MA, FACP, as vice president of research information technology and informatics and Ivar Strand, as vice president of research finance. Both Dr. Chelico and Mr. Strand have extensive backgrounds in research that will help support the growth of the Feinstein Institute’s research operations and clinical trials.

“A strong support team lead by an experienced executive staff ensures that our researchers have the foundation they require to successfully investigate and treat disease,” said Kevin J. Tracey, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute. “John Chelico and Ivar Strand are experts in leading research organizations to success and we are delighted to have them on our team.”

Dr. Chelico was previously chief medical information officer (CMIO) for three years at Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In his new role at the Feinstein Institute, he will draw upon the multiple data sources available throughout Northwell Health to develop a data core that helps efficiently move research from the laboratory to the clinical trial setting and then into the hands of doctors and their patients. He will also work to implement several new, state-of-the-art information technology systems, which are crucial for the management of the research enterprise. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from New York University, a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Master of Science degree in biomedical informatics from Columbia University. He also has a sub-specialty board certification in clinical informatics.

In Mr. Strand’s new role, he works to ensure best financial practices around laboratory and clinical research throughout the Feinstein Institute, including managing invoicing for care administered to clinical research participants. He comes to the Feinstein Institute with more than 25 years research administration experience from various major medical education and research institutions across New York State, most recently with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Through these positions, he has developed innovative tactics to maximize the management of grants and other financial awards. Mr. Strand holds a Master of Business Administration in banking and finance from Dowling College and a dual bachelor’s degree in finance and communications.

About The Feinstein Institute

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research arm of Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York. Home to 50 research laboratories and to clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals and outpatient facilities, the 2,000 researchers and staff of the Feinstein Institute are making breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, oncology, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity, and bioelectronic medicine – a new field of science that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. For more information about how we empower imagination and pioneer discovery, visit FeinsteinInstitute.org.

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