Clinical Research

Clinical Research studies open to Capital Cardiology Associates patients

Clinical Research at Capital Cardiology Associates

Meet the team

Meet the Clinical Research team at Capital Cardiology Associates.

Dr Robert Benton

Dr. Robert Benton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and his Medical Degree from The University of Vermont College of Medicine. As the Director of the Capital Cardiology Associates, Division of Clinical Research, Dr. Benton has participated in approximately 30 clinical trials in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Many of these have been landmark studies published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation and The Lancet.
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Dr. Parag Shah attended Guy’s Hospital in London, UK where he received his medical degree in 1987. In 1995, he completed a Fellowship in Cardiology at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. Dr. Shah is Board Certified in Cardiology.
Read Dr. Shah’s full bio here
Dr Parag Shah

Amanda O’Malley BSN, RN, CCRC is the CCA Clinical Research Division Manager. She brings 13 years of experience to the department as a research coordinator/nurse and has been the manager. Amanda has been a part of many inpatient and outpatient cardiac landmark studies. She obtained her Nursing degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 2011, her BSN in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program through Utica College with anticipated graduation in 2021.

Thomas Spadola, LPN graduated from the Capital Region Boces LPN program in 2009. He has held various nursing jobs since 2009 and has been with Capital Cardiology Associates for one year. He is a lifelong resident of the Capital Region and is married with two children.

Current Clinical Research Studies

Capital Cardiology Associates is participating in the following clinical research studies

Explanation of current research studies and directions on how to participate

Click on the box to read more on the study and enrollment availability.

Emperor 1
A phase III, randomised, double-blind trial to evaluate efficacy and safety of once daily empagliflozin 10mg compared to placebo, in patient with Chronic Heart Failure with preserved Ejection Fraction

-Chronic Heart Failure
-Ejection Fraction >40%
-Prior Heart Failure medications should be stable

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Now accepting patients!

Partners 3
To establish the safety and effectiveness of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve in patients with severe, calcific aortic stenosis who are at low operative risk for standard aortic valve replacement(AVR)

-Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) -VS- Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR)
-10 year study

*In conjunction with Albany Medical Center

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Now accepting patients!

The Portico transcatheter aortic valve provides a minimally invasive treatment for patients diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve. It is used in patients who may be at a high or extreme risk for open heart surgery

– Not a good candidate for surgical valve replacement
– Patient will either receive portico valve or commercially available valve

*In conjunction with Albany Medical Center

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Now accepting patients!

Long-Term Outcomes Study to Assess STatin Residual Risk Reduction with EpaNova in HiGh 
Cardiovascular Risk PatienTs with Hypertriglyceridemia

Triglycerides 180-500, LDL <100, HDL<45 and Patients with previous Cardiovascular Disease Read more on this study

Not accepting patients.

Stroke AF
A study to compare the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) through 12 months between continuous cardiac rhythm monitoring with the Reveal LINQ TM Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) (continuous monitoring arm) and standard of care (SoC) medical treatment (control arm) in subjects with a recent ischemic stroke of presumed known origin

-Ischemic Stroke within the past 10 days

*In conjunction with Albany Medical Center

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Now accepting patients!


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