Meet Our Clinical Investigator and Coordinator

Co-founded by Principal Investigator Humberto Cruz, D.O., and Research Director, Maria Lopez, The Florida Institute for Clinical Research offers a unique combination of medical expertise and clinical trial administrative prowess. This distinction has given The Florida Institute for Clinical Research the ability to deliver the most precise clinical trial assessment in a timely, well executed manner.

See our co-founders’ credentials below:

Dr. Humberto Cruz, D.O.
Co-founder, Family Medicine Physician, Principal Investigator

Maria Lopez
Co-founder, Research Director

Dr. Humberto Cruz, D.O.

Co-founder, Family Medicine Physician, Principal Investigator

A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr Humberto Cruz has been conducting clinical trials in the United States since 2009. He has served as Principal Investigator for more than 1000 clinical trials and as the principal investigator for top enrolling trials in the US.

Dr. Cruz received his undergraduate degree in biology from Indiana University Northwest, and went on to pursue a medical degree at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospitals & Medical Center before moving to Orlando in 1994 to complete his family practice residency program at Florida Hospital East. In 1996, Dr. Humberto Cruz opened his private practice, The Center for Family Medicine in Orlando.

Dr. Cruz is an accomplished principal investigator. He is well-recognized in the pharmaceutical industry having successfully conducted several clinical trials.

Maria Lopez

Co-founder, Research Director

Ms. Lopez has been conducting clinical trials at The Florida Institute for Clinical Research since 1994. Due to her extraordinary attention to detail and thorough execution of studies, she was named Research Director in 2003, and she has continued to excel ever since. Ms. Lopez has been involved in over 1000 studies at The Florida Institute for Clinical Research and has worked on over 1500 in her career. She is CITI certified and a certified Clinical Research Coordinator. She is also a member of the Associates of the ACRP (Association of Clinical Research Professionals). Maria is in charge of the Regulatory Department at The Florida Institute for Clinical Research and works closely with sponsors and IRBs in order to ensure an efficient and expeditious submission of all essential regulatory documents. Maria strives to complete all regulatory submissions within 3-5 business days.









In the current year, there are 133,741 registered clinical trials active worldwide
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