Research

In order to keep abreast of the newest treatments, we have participated in clinical research since 1978.

Current Clinical Research Opportunities Include Treatment For:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain Management

Please visit our Clinical Trials & New Studies page for more details.

Meet Our Clinical Research Staff

Karen Rendt-Zagar, MD

Karen E. Zagar, MD is a native of Pennsylvania, where she attended college (majoring in mathematics and chemistry at Clarion State College) and attended medical school (University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia). She remained at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for her internship and residency in Internal Medicine. She did her fellowship in Rheumatology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr Zagar joined our staff in 2005.  Prior to that, she spent six years on the staff of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. There she served as the Fellowship Education Program Director to train physicians specializing in Rheumatology. She was also a member of the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research, headed by Dr. Gary Hoffman, and has participated in numerous clinical trials related to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis.

Dr. Zagar is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and she is a fellow in the American College of Rheumatology. Dr Zagar is currently Principal Investigator for all research trials and studies performed at Arthritis Center.

Dr. Zagar and her family enjoy numerous outdoor activities, particularly sailing, biking, and gardening. She also plays flute and classical piano.

Tatiana Nagibina, MD

Dr. Nagibina received her medical degree from Minsk State Medical Institute (former USSR). She completed her internship and residence in Internal medicine at The Chicago Medical School as well as fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Before joining our staff in 2011, Dr. Nagibina spent 10 years serving patients in Pinellas County providing Rheumatological care.

Dr. Nagibina is board certified in Internal medicine and Rheumatology and she is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Nagibina enjoys travel, theater, and museums.

Ginger Pfeiffer, RN

Clinical Research Trial at the Arthritis Center in FloridaGinger recently joined the Arthritis Center with 14 years of clinical research experience working on trials for COPD, Diabetes, Psychiatry, Pain management, Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, Fibromyalgia, women’s studies, osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. She is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

Originally from Texas, she and her husband and two sons have lived in Florida since 1992. She enjoys travel, tennis, boating and scuba diving with her family.