Alexander G. Fiks, MD, MSCE

PeRC Medical Director

Dr. Fiks, a practicing primary care pediatrician, is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC) and has been actively conducting research in PeRC since its inception. He is an Associate Professor and Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A board certified clinical informatician, Dr. Fiks is also the Associate Director of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness, a faculty member in PolicyLab, and a founding member of the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHi) at CHOP.

Dr. Fiks is currently leading multiple collaborations between PeRC and the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Practice-Based Research Network of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which Dr. Fiks also directs. Dr. Fiks’s federally funded research is directed at improving outcomes for children through collaborative practice-based research aimed at fostering shared decision making and optimizing the use of health information technology. He actively mentors both faculty and trainees.


Louis M. Bell, MD

PeRC Founder and Immediate Past Medical Director

Dr. Bell is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Associate Chair of Clinical Activities at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Bell is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the holder of the Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. Dr Bell is the founder and immediate past Medical Director of the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC). He is currently the Chairperson of PeRC’s Advisory Board and works closely with PeRC’s Medical Director and staff to ensure that the interests of both the primary care pediatricians and the researchers are considered within the context of practice-based research.


James Massey, RN, BSN, MBA

PeRC Network Director

In his role as network director, Mr. Massey is responsible for the operational oversight of the network including administrative and financial planning for future research endeavors. He works closely with many of the investigative teams throughout the process: from initial grant application to development of electronic charting tools and comprehensive data reports. In addition, he serves as a critical liaison between the primary care practices and clinical researchers. Mr. Massey has clinical nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient arenas and has successfully facilitated numerous clinical research trials with industry and government sponsors at Children's Hospital.


Valerie McGoldrick, RN

PeRC Research Nurse Coordinator

Valarie McGoldrick is the research nurse coordinator at PeRC. She began her career at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s University City Primary Care Center, serving in the capacity of asthma nurse champion. She utilizes this experience as a basis for understanding each of the Kid’s First and Primary Care Centers’ individual operating practices and needs in contributing to research initiatives as a part of the PeRC team.


Clinical Reporting Unit (CRU):

PeRC works in collaboration with the Center for Biomedical Informatics' Clinical Reporting Unit to provide data extraction, curation and reporting capabilities that ensure a quality, seamless experience for the researcher.


Robert W. Grundmeier, MD

Director of Clinical Informatics

Dr. Grundmeier is board certified in pediatrics and has worked as a pediatrician for over a decade in Primary Care Centers at Children's Hospital. He is the director of clinical informatics (CBMi) in the Center for Biomedical Informatics and leads efforts to use the electronic health record (EHR) for clinical research and knowledge delivery. Dr. Grundmeier is an accomplished programmer with experience in database reporting tools and user-interface design and has served as the physician analyst for the EHR implementation team. He has several years experience-developing software for engineering and medicine needs and is co-inventor of the “Care Assistant”.

Dr. Grundmeier has supported a multitude of research projects on topics ranging from documentation completeness, infant feeding, asthma, childhood development, psychiatric disease, and trauma. Dr. Grundmeier is currently working with multiple academic organizations to replicate our successful use of the EHR as a research tool in new settings.


Marianne Chilutti, MS

Research Data and Reporting Manager, Clinical Reporting Unit

Ms. Chilutti is the manager of the Clinical Reporting Unit (CRU) for CBMi. Currently, Ms. Chilutti directs the clinical data reporting activities that take advantage of the EHR's extensive data set. The contributions of Ms. Chilutti and her team are critical to providing accurate, relevant clinical data to the researchers within the PeRC network.