The Research Team

Meet the Team

The Spokane Eye Clinical Research team is a group of highly trained and knowledgeable individuals that are exclusively assigned to aid in the conduct of clinical trials at the Spokane Eye Clinic. Each member of the research team is certified in Good Clinical Practice, Human Subject Protection, Conflicts of Interest, ETDRS/BCVA, and are IATA certified for handling/shipping of biological samples. The research team always strives to provide the best care for subjects taking part in clinical research trials while providing high quality information to the sponsors of the studies. Please see below to learn more about the members of our team:


Robert S. Wirthlin, MD

Medical Director of Clinical Research

Dr. Wirthlin is a member of numerous professional societies. He has given research presentations at national meetings and published articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals. Dr. Wirthlin's professional areas of interest include diabetic eye disease, other retinal vascular diseases, ocular trauma, ocular imaging, age-related macular degeneration and repair of retinal detachment, macular holes, and epiretinal membranes. Dr. Wirthlin has been a principle investigator on over a dozen clinical trials.

Eileen Dittman, RN, CCRC

Director of Clinical Research

Eileen is a Registered Nurse and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator with over 30 years’ experience in clinical research. Eileen has experience in many roles related to the field of clinical research including principal investigator, clinical research coordinating, regulatory, contracts and budgets. Eileen helped start the Research Department in the Spokane Eye Clinic in 2011.

Dylan Waidelich, COA, CCRC

Research Coordinator

Dylan is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, and a Certified Phlebotomist. Dylan has been part of the practice since 2010 and has been a member of the research team since 2013. Dylan is certified in numerous imaging protocols with many key local and international reading centers. Dylan’s experience includes working in both the Diagnostic Services Department and in the retinal physician’s areas.

Brian S, COA

Research Coordinator

Brian is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant and Certified Phlebotomist with a total of 16 years of experience in the medical field. Brian is certified in imaging protocols with many key local and international reading centers. Brian has been part of the practice since 2013 and has been a member of the clinical research team since 2016. Brian’s experience includes working in the retinal physician’s areas.