Guy W. Neff, MD, MBA
Dr. Neff is presently the Director of the Florida Research Institute and Liver Institute a division of Florida Digestive Health Specialists.
Dr. Neff has served as the primary investigator for numerous clinical trials. His research interests include medical economics, fatty liver disease, cholestatic liver diseases, and autoimmune diseases. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally for cirrhosis and nutrition, transplant outcomes, liver dialysis, sarcopenia and nutrition, and management of viral diseases.
Dr. Neff is active in many professional medical societies. He is a member of the International Liver Transplant Society, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, European Association for the Study of the Liver, and the American College of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Neff has authored over 150 publications and more than 400 abstracts. His work has been published in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Clinical Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, and Transplantation Proceedings. He is on the review board for Alimentary Pharmacology and Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr. Neff created the Florida Research Institute and Liver Institute in 2015. He is presently an active consultant for many pharmaceutical companies that are creating remedies for patients suffering from NASH and various liver diseases.
Tracy Lucas-Balentine, RN, MS, CCRC
Tracy also has vast experience in clinical site management, monitoring, quality assurance, managing trial budgets, and research, and FDA compliance. Tracy has over 10 years of direct supervisory experience in leading teams of research professionals including development of a team of travel research nurses in Pittsburgh. Tracy has managed large research programs with higher than national average screen-success rates, trial compliance, while recruiting, managing, and maintaining staff.
Tracy has been a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator through ACRP since 2004 and has been a member of the National Association of Professional Woman. She has also helped to publish several articles in research journals including one in the New England journal of Medicine titled “Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Children, under two years of age”. She has been on a Bioethics Committee and on an Internal Research Review Panel at a Hospice in Tampa.
Tracy’s Clinical trial experience has a wide range of therapeutic areas – gastro-intestinal, diabetes, renal, oncology, pain management, pediatrics, vaccines, geriatrics, psychiatric, and many others.