The McCarron Group was founded by Dr. David McCarron and Kathleen McCarron to provide consulting services to clients in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The McCarron Group brings together experts in the areas of communication, government policies, health claims, clinical and nutrition research.
The founders of The McCarron Group, formerly Academic Network, have each worked with the health communications, pharmaceutical and food industries for over forty years. The company was formally organized to fill the void in the telecommunications industry for services focusing solely on health-related products and issues. In 2008, the company sold its call center and patient recruitment and retention areas of business and focused on the core value of medical and health consulting. The McCarron group is a certified woman owned business.
The McCarron Group professional personnel include physicians, nurses, behavioral scientists, nutritionists, health educators, and communication strategists.
Kathleen A. McCarron,
Founder and President
Kathleen A. McCarron, co-founder of The McCarron Group, formerly Academic Network, has served as chairwoman, CEO and President since the company’s inception. Ms. McCarron has more than 25 years of experience in customer care operations and 10 years managing customer contact center operations. Prior to Academic Network, she served as administrator at a clinical and research division of a university medical school, where her duties included supervising a 90-person staff and coordinating the division’s outpatient clinical and division financial management. She has extensive experience in clinical billing and reimbursement issues and developed an outpatient treatment study program while employed at the university. Her background in clinical trial management, patient recruitment and multi-site trials provides clients with an outsourcing partner who is skilled and knowledgeable and can meet the most demanding requirements for consumer health education and clinical trial recruitment.
Ms. McCarron’s experience also includes participation in the development and implementation of national consumer health education programs for the food and pharmaceutical industries, consultant services to corporations and business organizations seeking to create or improve consumer education strategies, and coordination of national and international scientific meetings. Most recently, she has served as Assistant Director for Shaping America’s Youth, a collaborative public private partnership program on childhood obesity. She is a member of the American Telemedicine Association, Association of Telehealth Service Providers, Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, Institute of Food Technologists, Women’s President Organization and the Public Relations Society of America.
David A. McCarron, MD, FACP
Dr. McCarron is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis and former Head of the Nephrology Division at Oregon Health & Science University. He is currently directing the public/private partnership, Shaping America’s Youth, addressing childhood inactivity and excess weight. An internationally recognized authority on the role of dietary nutrients in cardiovascular disease, Dr. McCarron has served as a consultant, investigator, media contact, and medical board member/chairman to numerous private and public organizations over the past 35 years. Most recently, he received the International Award for Modern Nutrition 2004 which is given in recognition for outstanding research contributions to our understanding the role of nutrition in hypertension. Dr. McCarron’s research programs have been the recipient of over $25 million in grants and awards during his career. He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications, over 500 scientific papers at research meetings and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals.
Dr. McCarron is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research and is a founding member of the Board of the American Society of Hypertension. He is a frequently invited speaker at U.S. and international medical research meetings and symposia having spoken at over 200 in more than 20 countries. He has been featured in national media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, CBS, BBC, PBS and NPR.
Dr. McCarron received his undergraduate degree cum laude in chemistry (honors) from Williams College and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his training in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve-University Hospitals and Nephrology at Tufts-New England Medical Center where he also served as the Chief Resident in Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.