• image
About Us


DeNova Research is the Midwest’s largest private practice clinical research center dedicated to dermatological and aesthetic medical/surgical trials. We are headquartered in downtown Chicago, with locations throughout Chicagoland area. We are made up of 12 practices, 37 dermatologists, 4 plastic surgeons and 3 full time research coordinators. Our expansive database of patients is 300,000+. We pride ourselves on IRB turnarounds in less than 2 weeks.

And we are routinely recognized for our ability to quickly and effectively recruit and enroll. While we specialize in dermatology and aesthetic medicine, DeNova which was established in 2007 continues to expand and conduct clinical trials in other fields of medicine. We are passionate about exploring new cutting- edge products, procedures and devices and believe through well-designed, quality-controlled, and professionally-conducted clinical trials… medicine is advanced and human kind benefits. We are a group dedicated to improving the quality of patient care. DeNova Research conducts Phase I – IV clinical trials as well as physician initiated studies, while adhering to Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and all appropriate regulations.

Benefits to working with DeNova Research include:

  • Recruitment, enrollment and retention rate is consistently at a rate of 90-100%
  • Over 300,000+ internal patient database.
  • Reputation of quick and efficient turn-around time for regulatory submission/budget/contract negotiations/publications.
  • 37 Dermatologists, 4 Plastic surgeons, 3 Full time clinical coordinators, The largest Dermatological/Aesthetic clinical research site in the Chicagoland area
  • We average five to 10 publications with 100 presentations annually
  • In-House Quality Assurance Program
  • On-Site Marketing
    • An inhouse medical marketing team that works on trial promotions. Proven methods of marketing and outreach results in increased exposure for projects and sponsors including multiple media impressions.
  • Dedication to ongoing Training and Education
    • On-site educational company training physicians and adjunctive staff. True University
  • Traveling Hands-On Seminar and Workshops
    • DeNova works with many educational companies to present findings from clinical experiences routinely reaching 10’s of 1000 of physicians annually. The seminars provide attendees training on cosmetic medicine, dermatologic treatment and often offers continued medical education credits and takes place in various cities across the country.
  • Positive community presence
    • Through an onsite not-for profit organization, DeNova Research is active in supporting education to inner-city students. Enhance Educational Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that focuses on providing funds and resources for Chicago Public School Students. DeNova has an active role in the fundraising efforts and in direct student outreach through internships in research and physician’s assistance training. Enhance Educational Foundation has raised over $73,000 in scholarships since 2006.
  • On-going education and training to Dr. Dayan’s patients creates an environment and a relationship of trust which enhances the quality of patient care.

Education and Training Surgical Procedures

Nasal Reshaping, Eyelid Lifts (Blepharoplasty), Facelifts, Neck Lifts
Facial Liposuction, Endoscopic Forehead Lifts, Eyebrow Lifts, Cheek Implants
Chin Implant, Lip Implant, Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

Minimally Invasive, Limited Downtime Procedures

Wrinkle Reducers: Botox™, Wrinkle Fillers: Restylane®, Radiesse™, and Juvederm™, Fat Transfers
Facial Sculpting & Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, Minimally Invasive Facial Lifting
Scar Reduction/Revision, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Esthetic Services

Glycolic & Salicylic Facial Peels, Ultrasound Facials, Massage Therapy, Threading
Eyelash Extensions, Permanent Make-up, Waxing


10+ years’ experience, 110 publications, 76 pharma sponsored trial, 14 Investigator initiated trials, 5 Phase III trials leading to FDA approval,

Research experience consists of :

Rosacea, Cellulite, Wrinkles, Acne, Botulinum Toxins, Fillers, Facial Implants, Lasers, Intense pulse light (IPL), Radiofrequency Devices, Active FX (CO2 lasers), Cosmeceuticals, Neutraceuticals, Fat Reduction, Ultrasound Devices, Device.

DeNova has worked with the following Sponsors:

Contura, Alma Lasers™, Symbio LLC, BioForm Medical, Inc., Medicis Aesthetics, Inc., Allergan, Inc., Advanced Cosmetic Intervention, Standard Process, Inc. ®, Lumenis®, Mentor Corporation, Byron Medical Inc., Ethicon, Inc., Dermik Aesthetics, Inamed Aesthetics, Revance, Thermi, CROMA, IT Cosmetics, Skinceuticals, CuTech, Galderma, PCA, Valeant, DDKarma, Evolus, Kythera, Actavis, Anterios, Ulthera, Lifes2Good, Baxter, Merz, Warner Chilcott, Biopelle, Bioform Medical, Cynosure, AstraZeneca, Photocure, Ellman International, Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Colbar LifeSciences, Coapt.


DeNova’s outpatient experience is equipped with a monitoring room, computer connectivity, fax machine, locked drug cabinet, specimen storage freezer, emergency drug box, centrifuge/ laboratory processing capabilities and dry ice.

The clinic is a concierge medical practice specializing in the art of Aesthetics, Skin Care Medicine and Surgery


Director / Principal Investigator:
Steven H. Dayan, M.D.,

Steven Dayan, a facial plastic surgeon, professor and researcher has published over 120 articles in medical journals and 5 books. He is a NY Times and USA TODAY Best Selling Author. His accolades include the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Leadership Award and “Top Doc” recognition by numerous organizations including Castle Connolly and U.S News & World Report. As a founder of a medical research company, a medical marketing company, a skin care training center and a medical education company, he remains on the cutting edge of aesthetic products, thinking and education. He is a member of ASAPS, AAPFRS, ASDS and serves in an elected position within the Facial Plastic Surgery society as well as on the editorial board of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal ASJ (the official journal for ASAPS), Facial Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology. He is the current Co-editor of Modern Aesthetic Magazine, Medical Editor of the Facial Plastic Surgery Times and Social Media/Web editor of JAMA FPS. He has authored 5 books. But it is in his role as an adjunct professor —teaching a popular undergraduate course: The Science of Beauty and Its Impact on Culture and Business – that his Best Selling book Subliminally Exposed is based. An engaging educator, internationally recognized key note speaker, and big thinker with an insatiable appetite for deeper knowledge and understanding of human behavior, Dr. Dayan is known for his ability to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdoms of medicine.

To see Dr. Dayan’s CV Click Here

Principal Investigator / Sub-Investigator:
Michael Lewitt, M.D.

Dr. G. Michael Lewitt is a board-certified Dermatologist. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, obtaining both his bachelor’s degree and medical doctorate by the age of 24. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio in 2010. Dr. Lewitt then moved to back to his hometown of St. Louis, where he completed his residency in dermatology at Saint Louis University in 2013, serving as chief resident during his final year of post-graduate training. He practices general medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He has special interests in treating complex psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Additionally, Dr Lewitt has a dedication for clinical research, especially in the areas of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne and rosacea. He anticipates that his research will lead to advances in the field of dermatology and more innovative therapies for patients.

Clinical Director / Nurse Injector:
Selika Borst, M.S., R.N.,

Selika Gutierrez-Borst, MS, RN has a Master’s degree as a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner degree from North Park University. Holding 23 years of clinical experience and expertise, Selika possesses a strong background in Internal Medicine and Adult Clinical Psychiatry. A noted member of the Psychiatric Medical Community for over a decade, her experience in psychiatry reflects her genuine commitment and concern for each of her patient’s overall well-being.

Her background in clinical medicine, research and education are met with meticulousness and compassion that her patients respect and appreciate. Selika performs all non-surgical procedures available at SDMD. She works closely on the clinical and research side with Dr. Steven Dayan. She patiently embraced the realm of aesthetic medicine 10 years ago and has gained extensive knowledge, attention to detail and highest level of patient care. Selika has also been involved in training physicians, nurses and medical students for several years. As well as mentoring high school students looking to get involved in the medical field during the summer months.

Prior to working at SDMD and DeNova Research, she served as an adjunct professor at Elmhurst College. She enjoys continuously learning the latest aspects of the aesthetic field and she stays well-informed on the newest treatments to improve skins youthful appearance

Clinical Research Coordinator:
Nimit Gandhi, M.D.

Dr. Gandhi graduated from medical school in 2016 and joined DeNova Research shortly thereafter. As the Clinical Research Manager, Dr Gandhi oversees all clinical trial patient appointments for ongoing and new studies. Dr Gandhi aids in the preparation of protocols and case report forms and the finalization of monitoring and data management options. He is also responsible for ethics committee approval, development of recruitment strategies to increase patient randomization into the trials, the provision of clinical trial materials and, overall, coordinating the trial to ensure its smooth management.


The on-site clinic of Steven H. Dayan plus the combined practices of Illinois Dermatology Institute appreciates approximately 200,000 patient visits annually.


Certifications: Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Training (NIH), GCP’s and IATA Saf-T-Pak, HIPPA and OSHA compliant, 2 Physician Assistant on site.

Exclusive use of Central IRB’s, accelerated processing of regulatory and contract/budget negotiations, Quality Assurance Program, committed to producing clean data. Portage, IN, Hinsdale, IL. Elk Grove Village, IL, Oak Park, IL, Chicago, IL, Skokie, IL, Northbrook, IL, Palos Heights, IL, Park Ridge, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL, Westchester, IL, Chesterton, IN, Michigan City, IN

  • Dermatology
  • Devices
  • Plastic Surgery
Canadian Association Of Clinical Research Specialists
Research Centers
January 3, 2019
January 3, 2019
January 2, 2019

© 2019 CACRS. All Rights Reserved

Powered by TCG