Sali Aswad, MD, founder and CEO of NICR, is a French double-board certified physician, specializing in Internal Medicine, as well as Nephrology, with over 25 years of experience in treating patients with kidney diseases with transplantation needs.

  • Dr. Aswad has over 25 years of management experience with clinical research sponsored by Fujisawa, Genzyme, Merck, Nabi, Novaritis, Pfizer, Syreon, Wyeth, Wyeth-Ayerst, Roche, and others.
  • Dr. Aswad is personally well-resourced, experienced, and able to offer the unmatched services of the expert individuals available at NICR to conduct clinical research.
  • Dr. Aswad has served on the USC faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology & Medicine.
  • Dr. Aswad has authored or co-authored over 100 articles published in well-respected, peer-reviewed journals.
  • He is a member of the American Federation of Clinical Research, Society de Nephrology, and many others.
  • As a successful Director of National Institute of Transplantation and National Institute of Clinical Research, more than a hundred people have been mentored by Dr. Aswad.

Long Beach, California (Main Office)


Sali Aswad, MD, Director – saswad@nicresearch.com
Mark Paskewitz, Vice President- mpaskewitz@nicresearch.com

Linda Aswad – laswad@nicresearch.com
Umakant Khetan, MD – ukhetan@nicresearch.com
Ludmila Lubyanaya, CFO – llyudmila@nicresearch.com
Seyed Hoseini – shoseini@nicresearch.com
Ryan Dudley, Senior Manager– rdudley@nicresearch.com

Las Vegas


Jennifer Thelen – jthelen@nicresearch.com
Wendy Payan – wpayan@nicresearch.com
Sandra Konery – skonery@nicresearch.com 
Suzie Escobedo – sescobedo@nicresearch.com
Obajuwonlo Akinwale – eakenwale@nicresearch.com

Bakersfield, California


Ashtynn Parker – aparker@nicresearch.com
Karla Molina – kmolina@nicresearch.com
Adriana Duenas – aduenas@nicresearch.com

Long Beach and Orange County, California (Sites)


Janet Sayavedra – jsayavedra@nicresearch.com
Mashgan Farand – mfarand@nicresearch.com
Yuvia Gomez- ygomez@nicresearch.com
Salma Badran- sbadran@nicresearch.com
Linda Do- ldo@nicresearch.com
Atef Al Attar – aattar@nicresearch.com 

Texas – San Antonio


Reynaldo Sosa – rsosa@nicresearch.com
Christopher Meza – cmeza@nicresearch.com
Maria Candelario – mcandelario@nicresearch.com

Los Angeles Valley


Virgina Leoente – vleonte@nicresearch.com 
Day’Nisha Dorsey – ddorsey@nicresearch.com 
Ruben Vargas – rvargas@nicresearch.com
Rachel Ramirez – rramirez@nicresearch.com