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Our Clinical Research Team

Dr. Matthew Shirani 

Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator

Matthew Shirani, MD, is an ECFMG certified medical professional managing clinical trials at the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois.  He received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  

Dr. Shirani earned his medical degree at the American University of Antigua, College of Medicine.  He completed his medical courses in Antigua and his clinical studies in New York, Georgia, Maryland, and Illinois.


Mary Tapocik

Clinical Research Assistant 

Mary Tapocik is the Clinical Trial Assistant here at the Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in 2018. After college, she worked in hospital laboratories as a laboratory assistant. She would prepare laboratory samples and perform phlebotomy. Mary joined our research team in March 2022. 

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