Principal investigator

Dr. Margarita Nuñez received her medical degree from New York Medical College and did her residency in Internal medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where she taught for three years as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is a fellowship-trained geriatrician and is Board Certified in Geriatric medicine. After leaving the University of South Florida and before entering her work in clinical trials she practiced internal medicine at a rural health clinic for an additional three years. Dr. Nuñez is an experienced Principal Investigator with over 19 years of clinical research experience. She has served as Principal Investigator in over 450 trials in both late and early phase. For 15 years she served as Medical Director and Principal Investigator for a late phase site in St Petersburg, Florida.

Dr. Nuñez joined the team here at High Point Clinical trials center January of 2013.


Sub Investigator

Dr. Jonathan Austin completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He the finished an internship and residency training in Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest University in 1997 and has been in full time practice as a board certified emergency physician through 2015. In addition to clinical practice, Dr Austin has served as Chief of Staff, Medical Director of Emergency services, and Emergency Medical Services Director at a number of hospitals in North Carolina, South Carolina and Vermont. Prior to joining HPCTC, he was the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Novant Forsyth Hospital in Winston Salem, NC. He enthusiastically joined the staff at HPCTC in 2014 where he has been acting in the role of sub investigator.



His professional career spans a number of roles in North Carolina and in Washington, DC. Prior to joining High Point Clinical Trials Center he served as President and Publisher of the Triad Business Journal, role he held for 16 years. He served as Vice President of Cone Health from 1981 – 1999, where he also served as a member of the IRB. He served in Washington as Chief of Staff to U. S. Congressman Richardson Preyer of North Carolina. He also served in the White House doing advance work and issues management for President Jimmy Carter and served Carter on his national campaign staff in 1976.

Doug is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He received the National Leadership Award from the National Association of Community Leadership Programs and the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award from Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina.

He serves in a number of leadership roles including; the Board of Visitors of High Point University, chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Greensboro Partnership, the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He also serves on the boards of the Old North State Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Novant – Forsyth Hospital Foundation.


Vice President, Clinical and Research Operations

David Duque is a foreign MD graduated from The “Universidad de Antioquia” school of medicine (Medellin, Colombia). He has more than 12 years of experience working with major pharmaceutical, biotech, CRO and software solutions companies in early phase research in the United States, involved in a wide variety of phase I and phase II studies (more than 200 total) including First in humans, Bio-Equivalence, Bio-Availability, Cardiac safety/Definitive QTc and Food Effect among others.

David Duque has held several managerial roles in multiple areas within the early phase research industry, including screening/recruitment, electronic source documentation, clinical trial management, laboratory, source document creation and staff training, but he also has hands on research experience on the clinic floor, the laboratory and data management.