Sali Aswad, MD, founder and President 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.

Monterey Park, California (Main Office)

Sali Aswad, MD, President –
Linda Aswad, VP
Umakant Khetan,
Ludmila Lubyanaya,
Ryan Dudley, Senior
Jessy McCollum, Director of Clinical Operations – 
Andrew Zhao, CTMS and Technology Specialist  –
Kathy Hernandez, Executive Administrative Assistant –
Adam Schwartz, Patient Services –
Elizabeth Gutierrez, Patient Services –

Bakersfield, California

Evelyn De LaCruz,
Teresa Kullman –
Lorena Rangel –

Orange County, California (Sites)

Thuhien (Jennifer) Pham, MD –
Hoa Bui,
Quynh Ton –
Michelle Nguyen –
Stephanie Salinas –
Trisa Palmares, MD –

Texas – San Antonio


Los Angeles Valley – Victorville, CA

Heberto Schramm,

Pomona, California

Vincent Ribaya, MD –
Maria Murillo –