Our Team

Our Team at the Clinical Research Center of the Carolinas

Dr. Todd Schlesinger, Founder Clinical Research Center CarolinasTodd E. Schlesinger, MD, FAAD, FASMS

Founder & Director

Dr. Schlesinger, a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, founded the Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston in 2005 and, subsequently, the Clinical Research Center of the Carolinas – an affiliated research institution, as an evolution and outgrowth of his quest to help advance the science and art of medical and dermatological technologies and treatments.

A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate who also earned his doctorate in medicine from State University of New York at Buffalo, he performed residency and internship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He further trained in dermasurgery at Scripps Clinic and was awarded a National Cancer Institute Fellowship at Rowell Park Cancer Center with globally-esteemed dermasurgeons. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Schlesinger is president of the Charleston County Medical Society, Chairman of the SC Medical Association Board of Trustees, past-president of the SC Dermatological Association, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina and Clinical Instructor in the Dermatology Department at the University of Buffalo.

He is a national trainer, speaker, consultant and adviser to numerous pharmaceutical, cosmetic and technology companies and lectures nationally and internationally on various dermatology, practice management and clinical research topics. Click to view Dr. Schlesinger’s CV

Diane PitmanDiane Pitman

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Born and schooled in New England, Diane is a Certified Clinical Research Professional, a Certified Pharmacy Technician and for 18 years organized and conducted oncology research, clinical trials and their data management activities. Her project management skills derive from experience in coordinating enrollments for clinical trials, verification of protocol eligibility, ensuring regulatory and protocol compliance, obtaining prior insurance and physician authorizations for patients receiving drug infusions, monitoring protocol activation, closure and amendment, supervising patient data collection and reporting of test results.

Prior to joining CRCC in 2017 Diane was a Pharmacy Technician at Northpark Community Hospital in El Paso, Texas and an Oncology Research Supervisor & Coordinator of Special Procedures at Elliott Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire.

She is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates.

Emily Harper, Certified Clinical Research CoordinatorEmily Harper

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Joining us after working in the MUSC Department of Oncology, where she worked on the head and neck cancer clinical research team as it conducted trials and studies, Emily is highly skilled in recruiting, screening and enrolling patient participants and reporting results of clinical investigations. She was previously a Patient Engagement Representative for Proove Biosciences, Inc., responsible for daily completion of clinical study questionnaires, specimen and document collection, and compliance with all HIPAA, federal, state and study protocols, regulations and policies. Emily places strong emphasis on patient care and relationship building with staff, physicians and study participants.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Southern Wesleyan University, is a certified phlebotomist, and will receive her B.S. in Nursing and R.N. from The Citadel in 2019.


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