Investigators

Rob Garver, MD

Rob Garver (RG) is the founder of SEC Clinical Research, and serves as Principal Investigator on all studies at this time. RG is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, completing his residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Fellowships for Pulmonary Disease, and later for Critical Care Medicine, were performed at the National Institutes of Health and UAB School of Medicine, respectively, and he is board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine. He was a Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division at UAB School of Medicine. After 20 years in academics, RG joined a large private practice pulmonary group, and shortly thereafter established his own solo practice in Andalusia Alabama called SEC Lung (see LINK: SEC Lung). Clinical research studies were added to the activities of SEC Lung with the assistance of an SMO in late 2012. In early 2014, RG amicably parted ways with the SMO in order to grow and develop an independent clinical research program. Based on his academic background, RG was able to rapidly expand the clinical research enterprise and established SEC Clinical Research in 2016 – also opening a second clinical research site in Dothan Alabama. RG has since restricted his clinical practice in order to have ample time for the expanded research commitments.

Akin Ayodeji, MD

Akin Ayodeji (AA) is an endocrinologist based in Dothan, and one of four endocrinologist partners in Dothan Medical Associates . AA is a native of Nigeria where he completed his medical education, performed his internal medicine training in the UK, and finished with his endocrinology fellowship at Emory University. It is expected that AA will play a significant role in the development of Type II diabetes mellitus studies at SEC Clinical Research.

Marvin Sexton, MD

Marvin Sexton (MS) is a senior partner of the Dothan Pulmonary and Critical Care Group within the Dothan Specialty Clinic. MS is graduate of UAB School of Medicine, served as Chief Resident at UAB after which he completed his specialty training at UAB leading to board certifications in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine. MS performed his fellowship at UAB while Rob Garver was a faculty member, resulting in a professional relationship that spans 15 years. MS is now Medical Director of the Critical Care Unit, Intensivist Program and Sleep Medicine at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. He is presently serving as a Sub-Investigator on multiple respiratory based studies being performed at the Dothan location of SEC Clinical Research.

Duncan Scott, MD

Duncan “Spike” Scott (DS) is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, and performed his internal medicine residency at UAB where he worked some rotations under Rob Garver as a resident. His nephrology fellowship was completed at the University of Virginia, and he is now a partner in Renalus a large nephrology practice that encompasses both the western FL panhandle and lower Alabama. DS has been Sub-Investigator or Principal Investigator on multiple studies since 2009, and now serves as sub-investigator on several studies at SEC Clinical Research.

Andreas Muench, MD

Andreas Muench (AM) is a cardiologist based in Dothan and a partner of Southeast Cardiology. AM is a medical school graduate of Otto-von-Guericke University at Magdeburg, Germany. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he received the Milton McGreevy Award as an outstanding resident of the medical services. AM completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston where he was elected as Chief Cardiology Fellow. He is triple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology. AM will be an investigator for our cardiovascular studies.

Michael Wells, MD

Michael Wells (MW) is an OBGYN and a partner of Covington Obstetrics and Gynecology in Andalusia, AL. MW is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he also completed his Family Practice Residency. In 1987, he completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. MW will be the investigator for our gynecologic studies.

Kelly Hammet, CRNP

Kelly Hammet (KH) is a Nurse Practitioner employed full-time by SEC Clinical Research where she serves as an in-house Sub-Investigator on most protocols. She also sees clinic patients with Rob Garver which has provided her with a clinical experience that has proven valuable in assisting with oversight of the Clinical Research Coordinators.