Apex Eye’s research team includes both Principal Investigators and dedicated management support.

Wendy Shoger, Director Clinical Research Development

Wendy Shoger joined the team in 2009. She works directly with the Principal Investigators to further develop the research infrastructure. She is focussed on creating a climate of growth that consistently delivers solid metrics. Wendy has been instrumental in refining our recruiting practices, identifying best practice improvements, and establishing great working relationships with Sponsor/CROs. She has visibility regarding both PI and site research experience, and can be your best initial contact.

Prior to Apex Eye, Wendy had extensive experience in marketing and business development for a number of well-recognized brands for high profile businesses. Wendy received an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Principal Investigators

Apex Eye has seven board certified ophthalmologists that have experience as Principal Investigators. All are certified and current in Protection of Human Services in Clinical Studies and maintain strict adherence to Good Clinical Practice.

Robert Benza, M.D.

Dr. Benza received both his medical and ophthalmology degrees at the University of Cincinnati. He also serves as the President of Eye Care Associates of Greater Cincinnati. Dr. Benza has over 15 years of practice experience. Dr. Benza has served as a Principal Investigator in a number of clinical studies. His most recent experience has been with blepharitis treatments and cataracts. He is a frequent local lecturer – both in medical environments and in general events. Dr. Benza also received the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Lifelong Education for the Ophthalmologist Award. Dr. Benza has been chosen by his peers for the Top Doctor issue in the Cincinnati Magazine during the past two consecutive years.

Mark T. Bergmann, M.D.

Dr. Bergmann completed his medical degree at Wright State University. He completed his internship at Jewish Hospital (Cincinnati) and his ophthalmologic residency at The Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio. He was a Fellow at the Cullen Eye Institute (Houston, TX) and Kresge Eye Institute (Detroit, MI) gaining special training in Cataract surgery and Corneal Eye Disease. Dr. Bergmann has over 10 years of practice experience. Dr. Bergmann has been a Principal Investigator in various clinical studies. He frequently organizes and participates in eye care mission trips to Honduras. He performed the first corneal transplant in Honduras.

Karen L. Klugo, M.D.

Dr. Klugo received her medical degree and her residency at The Ohio State University. She was Chief Resident during her residency training. Dr. Klugo has been and continues to be an Instructor of Ophthalmology at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. Dr. Klugo has seven years of practice experience and has been part of Apex Eye since 2006. During that time, Dr. Klugo has been a Principal Investigator for various clinical studies. She has also published in several medical journals.

Edward J. Meier, M.D.

Dr. Meier completed his medical degree at the University of Kentucky. He was Chief Resident during his residency training at the University of South Carolina. He has been an active Principal Investigator since 2005. Dr. Meier has been practicing with Apex Eye since 2006. Recently, he has served as Principal Investigator in investigations sponsored by well-respected companies focusing on issues related to allergic conjunctivitis, cataracts, contact lenses, and dry eye. He has published in several ophthalmic journals. Dr. Meier is currently a speaker for ISTA Pharmaceuticals.

Kelly P. O’Neill, M.D.

Dr. O’Neill received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico. His ophthalmology residency was at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. He completed a corneal fellowship at Lions Eye Institute at the University of Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. O’Neill has almost twenty years of practice experience and has been a Principal Investigator in various clinical studies.

Leon A. Reid III, M.D.

Dr. Reid completed his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. His ophthalmology residency was at Howard University in Washington DC. In addition to having over ten years practice experience, Dr. Reid has been active in ophthalmology education and the community. He was clinical instructor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. He continues to serve as Volunteer Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology (University of Cincinnati), is on the Board of Trustees for the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, and is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Cincinnati Eye Bank. He has been named a Fellow by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been both Principal Investigator and Sub Investigator for various clinical studies.