Providing Cutting Edge Care

Our Team

The RSF Research & Innovation Center is comprised of an experienced clinical research team.

Key members of the team include:

Jacobo MintzerJacobo Mintzer, MD is the director of the RSF Research & Innovation Center. He is also a professor in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a professor in the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina, and a Staff Physician at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Memorial Hospital. He completed seven years of rabbinical studies in the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary (Conservative Judaism) and received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Mintzer completed his residency in psychiatry at Hadassah Hospital at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. While at the Hebrew University, he also continued his research on regulation of microtubules activity in Alzheimer's disease. He expanded even further upon this research while completing his fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Mintzer initiated his academic career at the University of Miami, where he developed the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program and started his career as a clinical researcher in Alzheimer’s disease. He joined MUSC as an associate professor in 1991. At MUSC, he developed the Geriatric Psychiatry program which includes inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services as well as a fellowship program. Additionally, Dr. Mintzer holds a Master of Business Administration from the Citadel Military College in South Carolina. With over 20 years of experience in Alzheimer’s disease clinical research, Dr. Mintzer is a true clinical trials specialist, and has cultivated a robust and ever expanding research program within the Roper St. Francis Healthcare system.


Andrea H. Marshall, JDAndrea H. Marshall, JD is the director of the Innovation Center at Roper St. Francis. Prior to joining the system, Ms. Marshall served as executive administrator of Charleston Angel Partners LLC, South Carolina’s oldest and most profitable organized angel investment group. In the role, she managed all aspects of diligence and investment for several significant investments in the biotech sector. During that time, she also served as the MUSC nominee to the board of directors of SCLaunch, an economic development agency which supports South Carolina's Knowledge Economy. Ms. Marshall is an attorney in the area of corporate law, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to her move to SC, she practiced law with Holland & Knight LLP in New York City, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Ms. Marshall received her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M. 

Clinicians
Abigail O’Connell, MS, APRN, FNP-C
Melissa May, NP-C
Olga Mintzer, MD

Innovation
Jillian Nichols, Idea Extractor

Administrative Staff
Julia Classen, MHA, MCS-P, Manager of Clinical Research
Herbert Dennis, Research Administrator
Jennifer Rowell, Research Administrator
Mishelle Beercheck, Research Assistant
Nyssa Sturbin, Research Administrator
Susan Greene, Regulatory Coordinator

Clinical Staff
Allison Lapp, MS, CHES, Clinical Project Coordinator
Arthur Williams, Clinical Research Coordinator
Betsy Drew, R.Ph, Pharmacist
Bree Maddray, MSN, RN, CEN, Clinical Research Nurse
Barbara Mack, LPN, Clinical Research Coordinator
Jenny Corson, RN, Clinical Research Nurse
Kendal Bittner, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Nurse
Mary Anderson, Research Receptionist
Norm Thomason, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Nurse
Shelby Tamres, Clinical Project Coordinator
Suzannah Bagwell, RN, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse

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