At the Forefront of Research

Menter Dermatology Research Institute was established to address the ongoing need for new, clinically safe and effective treatments and clinical trials for physically and psychologically debilitating skin diseases.


Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekends Closed

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Welcome to MDRI

Menter Dermatology Research Institute (MDRI) was established in 2011. Dr Menter has participated in numerous dermatologic clinical trials over the past 35 years. His research staff has more than 50 years of combined dermatological research experience.

A focus for MDRI is to provide a path for patients to gain access to medication who might not otherwise be able to. Also allowing both patient and staff the opportunity to contribute to the advance of medical knowledge and treatments.


The team at MDRI have a wide scope of experience in medicine, dermatology and clinical research. The majority of the staff have served together for many years, and all share the common goal of putting the patient first.

Alpesh Desai, DO
Alpesh Desai, DOBoard Certified Dermatologist
Alison Tran, MD
Alison Tran, MDClinical Research Fellow
Catherine Rodriguez
Catherine RodriguezDirector of Financial Affairs


Although we have a significant and long-standing interest in psoriasis research and treatment, we are pleased to be offering clinical studies for a wide range of both rare and common skin conditions.  These skin conditions include atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, pemphigus, and skin cancers.

We are always adding new clinical studies to Menter Dermatology Research Institute. If we currently do not have a clinical trial for you, sign up to receive “Future Study Alerts” to be informed of upcoming studies.


A short word from Dr. Menter on his passion for both patients and research.



Our thoughts about recent developments, events, and treatments in the field of dermatology; as well as publications from MDRI staff.


Recent News, recognitions and awards involving MDRI and its staff.


Answers to some commonly asked questions about clinical trials, patient expectations and more.


Some words from patients regarding their experiences with clinical trials, what it takes being on a study, and their thoughts on MDRI.

Everyone at the Research Institute has been very helpful, caring and the entire experience has been very rewarding. The Eczema that I have has decreased by 60% and I haven’t had to pay anything. Thank you Dr. Mansouri for contribution to research.
Michael S.
Dr. Menter recommended I take part in a Stelara study two years ago due to my severe psoriasis. Approximately ten days after my first injection my skin became about 90% clear. I have remained 90-95% clear throughout the study. My monthly visits have been very positive because of Dr. Bobby and Quinette. They have educated me and have always taken time to answer my questions. I appreciate them very much and am grateful for the positive experience I have had.
Linda K.
I’ve been coming here for a little over 2 years and before this I haven’t had clear skin since like the age of 5 until I met these wonderful people. I’m 40 now. My psoriasis was horrendous, not the worse case I’m sure. I was always in pain from PsA. Then just 4 hours after my first initial set of study shots, I was a new person. All I could do was rub my smooth, soft, almost clear skin and cry happy tears sitting in aw. Since that day, I look forward to my 2 – 2 1/2 hour trip down here for the help with my psoriasis and then the trip back home is even better. So worth it. Honestly.

My life has been changed because of these amazing souls. I recommend them to people I know and don’t know, who have skin issues and need help. Absolutely amazing people here. I do not believe you can find a more caring medical staff than right here. Thank you all so much for everything!

Jennifer B.

I am very happy with Dr. Menter’s Dermatology Research Institute. It was a God send. I was up watching T V suffering with itching with all of the symptoms of Psoriasis and there was an Ad for patients. God answered my prayer. Everyone on this Team All of the Doctors, Patient Coordinator past present, lab Jackie. Especially Quinette and have been wonderful. Thank you again for a great experience and for helping me have a better life.

Estella S.

My psoriasis is 99% clear! The staff and Doctors are very caring and professional. It’s nice to be able to support research.

Tammy F.


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