Research Staff

Each member of our research staff has the extensive experience and people skills to prepare and guide our patients through the process of participating in a clinical trial. They also fulfill the important function of liaison between the practice and the research sponsors, handling all of the administrative responsibilities of the clinical trials, from developmental phase to study completion. To contact any of our research coordinators, please send an email to or call 240-223-0896.

Research Coordinators

Irene Fanous

Irene came to RGW after working several years as a research coordinator and assistant at the DC Veterans Medical Center, where she collaborated on various projects within the hospital and in association with other area hospitals and universities. Her responsibilities cover all facets of the clinical research process on-site, including contract handling, budget negotiations, patient recruitment and protocol implementation, and she also has expertise in quality assurance and possesses a diverse set of technical skills. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature, and also pursued undergraduate and graduate courses in Biology and Psychology. Irene, who is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator® through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), works out of RGW’s Fairfax office.

Maya Talatory

A combination of hands-on patient work and research experience provided the necessary preparation for Maya to serve as one of the practice’s Clinical Research Coordinators, based in the RGW office in Chevy Chase. She handles each and every aspect of clinical trials, recruiting & enrolling patients, dispensing & monitoring investigational drugs, recording physical findings & laboratory data and assisting in ophthalmic procedures as permitted by protocols. Her years as an Ophthalmic Technician at RGW saw her perform retinal imaging and other procedures and obtain patient readings on various tests. A graduate of George Mason University, Maya earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research at George Washington University.

Margaret Cashion

The scope of Margaret’s professional work experience is matched by an equally impressive educational background, both of which make her particularly well qualified to handle all that she does in her position as a Research Coordinator. After graduating with a B.S. in Biological Sciences–and a minor in Medicine & Society–from Virginia Tech, she joined RGW and spent several years as an Ophthalmic Technician, with responsibilities for everything from screening patients to scribing to achieving a proficiency in office instrumentation and testing. Working out of the Chevy Chase location, Margaret assists the Clinical Research team and investigating physicians in coordinating patient participation in clinical trials, maintains regulatory protocols and records physical findings, laboratory data and all other information essential to each study.