Engagement. Expertise. Results.

CenExel Centers of Excellence offer world-class quality and experience. RCA champions that standard.

CenExel RCA has been leading the CNS and Vaccine research industry since 2011.

CenExel RCA is a privately owned, multi-specialty research site that conducts Phase I – IV clinical trials. CenExel RCA inpatient and outpatient studies are made up of healthy and special populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric age groups. Our mission is to be the best-in-class clinical research site contributing to the development of new medications by conducting trials at the highest ethical standards. We are a CenExel Center of Excellence, assuring unparalleled patient engagement, staff expertise, and valuable results.

CenExel RCA has an extensive background of hundreds of clinical trials.
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CenExel RCA encompasses 53,000 square feet of facility space, nearly 100 beds, and an on-site PBMC isolation lab.
CenExel RCA has a proven record in recruiting, exceeding 100% of patient target.
CenExel RCA leadership guides the CenExel Psychiatric Scientific Advisory Board.
CenExel RCA centralizes budgeting and contracting for faster study start-up.
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CenExel RCA serves a diverse demographic of 6.2M people in the surrounding area.

Center Leadership

Howard Schwartz, MD

Chief Medical Officer
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Dr. Howard Schwartz is the Chief Medical Officer for CenExel RCA and serves as Principal Investigator on Vaccine and Phase 1 trials and as a Sub-Investigator on most other trials. He has been involved with over 1000 trials in multiple therapeutic areas and attributes his success to combining a well-trained research staff with a skilled Investigator and motivated trial participant. Throughout his career, he has always led with integrity and made sure all members of the team are well trained on GCP and study specific requirements.

Dr Schwartz is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and practiced in South Florida for over 30 years.  He is now focusing on making RCA the premier research site in South Florida. He has lectured and published extensively on many of the clinical trials in which he has participated.  Additionally, he served as an industry consultant and served on numerous Data Safety Management Boards.

Dr. Schwartz was born in Philadelphia, moved to Florida to attend college and never went home. He is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he also completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship. He is married with 3 children.  He is an avid sports fan, golfer and boater.

Peter Ventre, MD

Founder & Principal Investigator
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Dr. Peter Ventre is the Founder of CenExel RCA.  He has built a strong reputation over the years within the research community as being a diligent and insightful investigator.   With experience in more than 100 clinical trials, he ensures excellent patient care and thorough involvement in the research process.

Dr. Ventre is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Science from the University of Puerto Rico and continued his medical studies at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo and completed residencies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Cabrini Medical Center for Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and completed his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Florida Psychiatry Program.

In addition to being a Principal Investigator at CenExel RCA, Dr. Ventre is the owner of a one of Broward County’s largest group practices, Ventre Medical Associates (VMA). VMA provides a quality referral source for potential RCA research subjects. VMA is currently contracted with Broward Health, Broward County’s largest hospital system, to provide all psychiatric services for two of their largest hospitals: Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point. Dr. Ventre serves as Chief of Psychiatry at Broward Health Medical Center.

Terry Piedra

Terry Piedra, BS, CCRC

Director of Business Development
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Terry has over 17 years of clinical research experience. As an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, Terry was Senior Coordinator for dozens of high enrolling vaccine clinical trials. Since 2009 Terry has been managing a Vaccine Division as Project Manager. She directly oversees all vaccine trials from planning through completion and ensures the highest level of quality. Terry is well respected in the industry and has developed close relationships with our sponsor and CRO partners. Most recently she has been spearheading business development. She has excellent knowledge of the industry and is focused on building, developing, and growing business relationships that are vital to the success of research projects.

Cecilia Mendez

Cecilia Mendez, Psy. D, CCRC

Business Development / Clinical Rater
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Cecilia has over 26 years of clinical research experience. Prior to joining CenExel RCA she spent 7 years as an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and 13 years as a director of operations. Cecilia graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a BA in Psychology, she later obtained 2 MA degrees in Mental Health Counseling (Nova Southeastern University) and Psychology (Albizu University). She went on to obtain her Doctorate degree (Psy.D) at Albizu University. Cecilia has been a Clinical Rater since 1993 and has been with RCA since 2019 where she is a valuable member of the Business Development Team as well as a Clinical Rater.

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Reaching new heights in clinical research

Our Centers of Excellence provide unparalleled medical and scientific support in the design and execution of clinical trials. Our attention to detail assures quality, reliable results, and has helped CenExel to consistently achieve and exceed patient recruitment goals. We deliver the expertise, engagement, and results to ensure our clients achieve their clinical research goals.

To speed up study implementation, we provide centralized budgeting and contracting for sponsors engaging multiple Centers of Excellence. The geographic diversity of our network offers strong access to roughly 35 million subjects while our broad therapeutic expertise enables a variety of clinical trial strengths.

Top Therapeutic Areas of Expertise

Alzheimer’s Disease
Anxiety Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Depressive Disorders
Parkinson’s Disease

Seasonal Influenza
Pandemic Influenza

Acute Post-op Pain:
Open Hernia Repair
Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Healthy Volunteer (all ages)
Sleep Apnea
Women’s Health

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