Corporate Team

A Higher Brand of Management

Elite Clinical Network runs a tightly managed group of study sites that reflect the supervisory skills of a highly professional corporate team. Unlike the loose structure of an SMO, our organization relies upon hands-on attention to detail. Each management team member offers vast experience, research savvy and the skill to facilitate your studies in an efficient, expedient manner.



David S. Wilson II

Founder/CEO, Retired


Staring out his career as a clinical research coordinator, David (D2) founded Elite in 1996 and grew it from a small phase research site into a multi-specialty clinic capable of conducting phase I-IV studies. His strong personal interests in his work, his clients, and patients have made ECN the antithesis of an SMO…instead offering effective and efficient management with a hands-on approach to quality service and success. D2 retired from ECN in 2017 and is now working as an independent consultant in Puerto Rico under Wilson Clinical Consulting.

D2 handed the reins over to his son David Wilson III (D3) who has been working in the industry for over 10+ years now. Starting out as a recruiter and slowly worked himself up to CRC and then onto Site Director. D3 has successfully added four sites to the ECN network with three of them being our highest enrolling sites with the best overall quality! D3 is now the acting CEO and still works closely with his father who continues to provide valuable insight and advice from his 20+ years in the industry.

Dena Petersen, MD

Medical Director


After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and working in the Engineering industry for several years, Dr. Petersen changed her career path and received a medical degree in 1977. She has sense been running her own successful solo practice in Tucson, Arizona and begin working in Clinical Research in 2001. She has conducted over 100+ clinical studies and her technical background has been contributed to numerous accolades and awards tied to high enrollment and high quality data.

David Wilson III

Chief Operating Officer


As Chief Operating Officer, David has launched and managed several successful clinical research sites over the course of his 18-year career. He has worked in every facet of the industry, including conducting phase one studies with many leading CROs and Sponsors. His goal has always been to create a network of clinical sites unlike a SMO that is able to achieve high enrollment while ensuring the highest quality data. "Our success is contributed to having a well-educated and diverse corporate team that is able to keep its finger on the pulse at all times, unlike a SMO we are a hands-on organization that knows how to achieve high enrollment while providing high quality data"

Bryan Gordon

VP Clinical Operations


As a Chief Operations Officer, Bryan Gordon brings his numerous years of technical and managerial experience contributed to his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and 18+ years of experience in Process Development and Project Management. With a strong background in Quality control systems, Bryan seamlessly transitioned into Clinical Research and now manages and oversees daily operations at our Upland, California sites. Together with his wife Sarah, they operate one of the larger sites in the Elite Clinical Network, and are routinely a high enrolling site across a wide range of indications.