Alan Preston, Founder, Synergyst
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Dr. Alan Preston

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Founder

Local Address: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Synergyst
 
Background

Employment History

  • Honorary Insurance Commissioner
    State of Louisiana
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Multi-Specialty Physician Group
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Radiation Oncology Physician Group

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Many Regulatory Committees (Past)
    State of Louisiana
  • Board Member
    N. Chamber
  • Member, Advisory Board
    The University of Texas San Antonio , College of Science

Education

  • Master , Healthcare Administration
    Tulane University
  • Doctor of Science , Health Services Research
    Tulane University
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Web References
SYNERGYST Wellness Senior Team
www.prevention-1st.com, 17 Nov 2010 [cached]
Alan Preston, MHA, Sc. D.
Alan Preston Dr. Preston attended Tulane University school of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he holds a Doctor of Science in Health Services Research, additionally he holds a Master in Healthcare Administration. He has over 20 years in the multi-site healthcare services field. Prior to founding Synergyst in 2004, Dr. Preston was CEO of 4 different Managed Care Payors, CEO of large Multi-Specialty Physician Group with primary care clinics, outpatient surgery center, physical therapy, occupational medicine, radiology, and urgent care. In addition, Dr. Preston was CEO of a Radiation Oncology Physician Group with over 8 locations. Dr. Preston's particular areas of expertise include research, strategic business growth and development, marketing and sales. Dr. Preston is Honorary Insurance Commissioner for the State of Louisiana. He has served on many regulatory committees for the State of Louisiana, Department of Insurance and currently is on the Advisory Board for St. Mary's University and The University of Texas San Antonio, College of Science. To reach Alan, please email alan@synergyst.net.
Synergyst-Improving Performance through Partnerships
www.synergyst.net, 16 May 2009 [cached]
Alan Preston, MHA, Sc. D.
Dr. Preston attended Tulane University school of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he holds a Doctor of Science in Health Services Research, additionally he holds a Master in Healthcare Administration. He has over 20 years in the multi-site healthcare services field. Prior to founding Synergyst in 2004, Dr. Preston was CEO of 4 different Managed Care Payors, CEO of large Multi-Specialty Physician Group with primary care clinics, outpatient surgery center, physical therapy, occupational medicine, radiology, and urgent care. In addition, Dr. Preston was CEO of a Radiation Oncology Physician Group with over 8 locations. Dr. Preston's particular areas of expertise include research, strategic business growth and development, marketing and sales. Dr. Preston is Honorary Insurance Commissioner for the State of Louisiana. He has served on many regulatory committees for the State of Louisiana, Department of Insurance and currently is on the Advisory Board for St. Mary's University and The University of Texas San Antonio, College of Science. To reach Alan, please email alan@synergyst.net.
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In San Antonio, Alan Preston, CEO of Synergyst Research, hopes to reverse that low participation rate by encouraging more physicians to get involved in clinical trials.
"There's lots of reasons why physicians don't participate," Preston says.
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"We're a clinical trial management organization," Preston says."We find trials for physician groups, do the legal documents, negotiate budgets on their behalf, help them prepare for site visits and assist with all other aspects of the study start phase of clinical trials."
Clinical trials are vital in the development of new drugs. Therefore, participation in clinical trials is a win-win situation for physicians and patients, Preston says.
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San Antonio is ideal for conducting clinical trials because of its renowned Medical Center and the various research projects it conducts, Preston says. He estimates about 200 clinical trials occur here each year.
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"Then they will often pay doctors $50,000 per trial to $250,000 per trial to conduct these trials," Preston says, adding that 10 patients per trial must be enrolled. "It becomes costly to pay physicians, find subjects to enroll in clinical trials, collect data and report that data back to pharmaceutical companies."
Each phase can take as long as a year to complete, he says.
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That insight led Preston to start his company, he says, as well as an experience he had with a physician, who was seeking help in obtaining a clinical trial. "We fulfilled that need," he says. "We realized that if this one provider has this need, then other provider groups might also have this need, so we scaled the company upward. Now we're in 13 markets in the United States that does clinical trial research."
Preston says he's fortunate that his job allows him to pursue activities outside the sphere of Synergyst Research. He currently is working with members of the community to help the University of the Incarnate Word establish a master's program in health administration. It is scheduled to launch in fall 2009.
Daniel Dominguez, UIW founding director, graduate program in health administration, H-E-B School of Business and Administration, credits Preston as the impetus for the program's development when he approached President Lou Agnese in 2007 about the need for such a program in San Antonio.
"As our executive in residence, Alan has significantly contributed to our efforts by encouraging key members of his extensive network of health care executives to follow his lead and volunteer their time in service on our Executive Advisory Board. Further, he has leveraged his exceptional leadership and communication skills to generate excitement and support for the program both within the university and in San Antonio."
The CEO flies to New Orleans once a month to fulfill his positionas an adjunct professor at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he teaches statistical research strategies to doctoral students. He also is a guest lecturer at St. Mary's University and Trinity University.
"I get to be surrounded by some of the top-notch people in the country," Preston says of his career. "Some are working in the area of medicine and health care and health care improvement.
SYNERGYST Research Contact Us
www.synergyst.net, 3 April 2010 [cached]
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Alan Preston
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In San Antonio, Alan Preston, CEO of Synergyst Research, hopes to reverse that low participation rate by encouraging more physicians to get involved in clinical trials. "There's lots of reasons why physicians don't participate," Preston says.
...
"We're a clinical trial management organization," Preston says. "We find trials for physician groups, do the legal documents, negotiate budgets on their behalf, help them prepare for site visits and assist with all other aspects of the study start phase of clinical trials."
Clinical trials are vital in the development of new drugs. Therefore, participation in clinical trials is a win-win situation for physicians and patients, Preston says.
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San Antonio is ideal for conducting clinical trials because of its renowned Medical Center and the various research projects it conducts, Preston says. He estimates about 200 clinical trials occur here each year. The range of therapeutic specialties of which clinical trials are conducted range from the A to Zs, including allergy and asthma, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, psychiatry, rheumatology and urology, among others.
Developing one new drug - which can take years from the start of Phase I, II, III and IV clinical trials all the way to getting FDA approval - can be exorbitant, somewhere to the tune of $800 million. Basically, a pharmaceutical company first has to hire scientists who must understand the effect that the drug will have on animals. Years can go by before the drug is ready to be tested on humans.
"Then they will often pay doctors $50,000 per trial to $250,000 per trial to conduct these trials," Preston says, adding that 10 patients per trial must be enrolled. "It becomes costly to pay physicians, find subjects to enroll in clinical trials, collect data and report that data back to pharmaceutical companies."
Each phase can take as long as a year to complete, he says.
...
That insight led Preston to start his company, he says, as well as an experience he had with a physician, who was seeking help in obtaining a clinical trial. "We fulfilled that need," he says. "We realized that if this one provider has this need, then other provider groups might also have this need, so we scaled the company upward. Now we're in 13 markets in the United States that does clinical trial research."
Preston says he's fortunate that his job allows him to pursue activities outside the sphere of Synergyst Research. He currently is working with members of the community to help the University of the Incarnate Word establish a master's program in health administration. It is scheduled to launch in fall 2009.
Daniel Dominguez, UIW founding director, graduate program in health administration, H-E-B School of Business and Administration, credits Preston as the impetus for the program's development when he approached President Lou Agnese in 2007 about the need for such a program in San Antonio.
"As our executive in residence, Alan has significantly contributed to our efforts by encouraging key members of his extensive network of healthcare executives to follow his lead and volunteer their time in service on our Executive Advisory Board. Further, he has leveraged his exceptional leadership and communication skills to generate excitement and support for the program both within the university and in San Antonio."
The CEO flies to New Orleans once a month to fulfill his position as an adjunct professor at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he teaches statistical research strategies to doctoral students. He also is a guest lecturer at St. Mary's University and Trinity University.
"I get to be surrounded by some of the top-notch people in the country," Preston says of his career. "Some are working in the area of medicine and healthcare and healthcare improvement.
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