Thank you, IRB reviewers!

handwritten thank-you card with red envelops in backgroundAt the heart of any human research protection program (HRPP) are the institutional review board members who devote their time and energy to ensuring the safety, rights, and welfare of research participants.
Ohio State’s IRB members are no exception. Please join us in recognizing the individuals–scientists and non-scientists, affiliated workforce and community members–who contributed to the Behavioral & Social Sciences IRB, Biomedical Sciences IRB, and Cancer IRB over the last year. We are so thankful for your service!

As the fiscal year draws to a close, the Office of Responsible Research Practices is pleased to recognize the many individuals who served on our three IRBs in the last twelve months. Some are relatively new to the IRB; others have served for many years. Regardless of their length of service, each reviewer is a valued and integral contributor to human research protections at Ohio State.

With the exception of IRB leadership, IRB members are unpaid volunteers, devoting hours every month to ensuring the rights of participants are safeguarded.

IRB members are listed by role and institutional affiliation; click the links below to jump to a particular group. Refer to the current IRB membership rosters for a full list of member credentials, areas of expertise, and expedited reviewers.

Did you know?

Federal regulations require that each IRB has at least five members, including at least one scientist, one non-scientist, and one member who is not affiliated with the institution. IRBs must possess the appropriate expertise and experience to review the institution’s research activities. Check out OHRP’s mini-tutorial on IRB composition to learn more.

IRB Leadership

Chairs and vice chairs provide leadership to Ohio State’s IRBs by conducting IRB meetings, reviewing and approving meeting minutes, completing expedited reviews, and working directly with researchers to resolve particularly complex issues related to human subjects research. These are just a few of the ways they support our human research protection program (HRPP). For a full list of responsibilities, see section 5 of HRPP policy IRB Composition and IRB Member Roles and Responsibilities.

Chair/Vice ChairDept/Center/SchoolIRB(s)
Floor BackesObstetrics & GynecologyC, H
William Carson, IIISurgical Oncology;
Cancer Biology & Genetics
C (chair), H
Jan ClarkInfectious DiseasesH
Jesse FoxCommunicationB
Gerald KosickiCommunicationB
Thomas RaaschOptometryH
Cynthia ShellhaasObstetrics & GynecologyH
Daniel StrunkPsychologyB (chair)
Karla ZadnikOptometryH (chair)
B = Behavioral & Social Sciences IRB; C = Cancer IRB; H = Biomedical Sciences IRB

Affiliated IRB Members

The majority of IRB members are Ohio State researchers, professors, and staff who provide subject matter expertise to the boards on which they serve. These members attend convened IRB meetings, conduct expedited reviews remotely, or both.

Ann AllenEducational Studies AdministrationB
Hallie BarrJames Cancer Hospital Pharmacy AdministrationC
N’Diris SAM BarryNationwide Children’s HospitalH
Gerene BauldoffNursingH
Jose BazanRadiation OncologyC
Joal BeaneSurgical OncologyC
Seema BhatInternal Medicine, HematologyC
Sebastian BiglioneJames Cancer Hospital
Investigational Drug Service
Pamela BrockInternal Medicine, Human GeneticsC
Lynne BrophyJames Cancer Hospital Nursing
Professional Practice
John BufordHealth & Rehabilitation Sciences;
Physiology & Cell Biology
Lindsey ByrneInternal Medicine, Human GeneticsC
Tong ChenInternal Medicine, Medical OncologyC
Susan ColacePediatrics; Nationwide
Children’s Hospital
Carlo ContrerasSurgical OncologyC
Casey CosgroveObstetrics & GynecologyH
Naomi DigiantonioJames Cancer Hospital
Investigational Drug Service
Anne-Marie DucheminPsychiatryH
J. Bradley ElderNeurological SurgeryH
Naran EpperlaInternal Medicine, HematologyH
Cynthia FontanellaPsychologyB
Kentaro FujitaPsychologyB
Jennifer GarvinHealth & Rehabilitation SciencesH
Daniel HaasJames Cancer Hospital
Investigational Drug Service
Garrie HaasInternal Medicine, Cardiovascular MedicineH
Lindsay RosenJames Cancer Hospital Inpatient
Maribeth HernanMedical Information Management;
Health & Rehab. Sciences
Archana HindujaNeurologyH
Michael HintonComprehensive Cancer CenterC
Dale KannerRestorative & Prosthetic DentistryH
Daniel KendzierskiJamesCare East PharmacyC
Roselyn Lee-WonCommunicationB
Shraddha MainaliNeurologyH
Kristin McNamaraOral and Maxillofacial PathologyH
Susan MeyerNationwide Children’s HospitalH
J. Paul MonkInternal Medicine, Medical OncologyC
Leslie MooreTeaching & Learning Admin.B
Khalid MumtazInternal Medicine; Gastroenterology, Hepatology & NutritionH
Alison NealJames Cancer Hospital Bone
Marrow Transplant Program
C, H
Thomas NelsonPolitical ScienceB
Colleen O’LearyNursing Education & Evidence-
based Practice
Allison QuickRadiation OncologyC
Mark RanalliPediatrics, Nationwide Children’s HospitalC
Amy RettigJames Professional PracticeC
Julie Rice-WeimerNationwide Children’s HospitalH
Emily RodgersTeaching & Learning Admin.B
Deborah RussellJames Cancer HospitalC
Kate Shane-Carson Internal Medicine, Human GeneticsC
Suhair ShawarUniversity Hospital PharmacyH
Peter ShieldsInternal Medicine, Medical Oncology; EpidemiologyC
Claire SuchJameson Crane Sports Medicine InstituteH
Liz SwanClinical Trials Management OfficeC
Sharon TuckerNursing, Fuld Institute for Evidence-based PracticeB
Brandon TurnerPsychologyB
Alberto UribeAnesthesiologyH
Jennifer VaughnInternal Medicine, HematologyH
Kartik VenkateshObstetrics & Gynecology; Maternal Fetal MedicineH
Keith WarrenSocial WorkB, H, C
Kim WeirickJames Cancer HospitalC
Nicole WilliamsInternal Medicine, Medical OncologyC
B = Behavioral & Social Sciences IRB; C = Cancer IRB; H = Biomedical Sciences IRB

Community IRB Reviewers

Our community reviewers are integral members of the IRBs. With their diversity of experiences and viewpoints, they help ensure participant-facing materials are understandable, represent views of the local community towards research, and serve as research participant advocates.

Many of our community/non-affiliated IRB members serve in a dual capacity as non-scientist representatives. Don’t let the “non-scientist” label fool you, though: these members are just as well-versed in human subjects protections and regulatory requirements as those with scientific backgrounds.

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Did you know?
Convened IRB meetings can only commence if at least one non-scientist member is present.

Tracy Almanson-MurphyB
Roy ClarkH
Susanne GrummanH
Kevin HarperC
Cinda LemontC
Jim LubinskyC
Jeff MetzgerH
William MontgomeryH
Robert MullinaxB
Kimberly RoschieB
Cynthia StempleC
Kim WelterB
Donn YoungH
B = Behavioral & Social Sciences IRB; C = Cancer IRB; H = Biomedical Sciences IRB

Staff IRB Reviewers

A number of ORRP staff hold IRB appointments and help review personnel change amendments, certain expedited continuing reviews, responses to IRB requests for modifications, and select category 5 expedited studies. Reviewing relatively simple, low-risk submissions in-house allows our other reviewers to focus on submissions that require expertise or more thorough scrutiny and helps reduce time to approval.

Tish DenlingerSarah HerschEllen Patricia
Michael DonovanJess Mayercin-JohnsonMeliha Rahmani
Andrew HedrickSandra MeadowsJake Stoddard
Paul Montesanti

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