Appointment of New SACHRP Members

December 15, 2016

OHRP wishes to express our sincere appreciation to all nominees who requested consideration for membership on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection (SACHRP). 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of the following new members, and SACHRP Chair:

Sandra H. Berry, M.A., Chair, Human Subjects Protection Committee; RAND Corporation; Santa Monica, CA.  In addition to the noted position, Ms. Berry is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND Corporation, a Core Professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Senior Director of RAND's Survey Research Group. She teaches courses on research design and methods at RAND and for the Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA.  She specializes in evaluation of mental health prevention and early interventions programs in California and rigorous studies of rare or hard-to-study groups such as women with BPS/IC symptoms, HIV patients, adolescents, and gay men and lesbians in the US military. She has worked on the MOS study which developed many commonly used quality of life measures (including the SF-36); HCSUS, a national probability sample study of HIV US adults in care; and a national study of costs of care for patients enrolled in government-sponsored clinical trials. Her recent work has included measurement of functional issues in low vision, effects of media exposure on adolescent sexual risk behavior, home care giving for end stage pulmonary and heart patients, and long range decision making by public officials on topics where there is deep uncertainty. Ms. Berry is a frequent reviewer for Pediatrics, Medical Care, and Journal of Urology. She has been a methodological advisor on statistical and data collection methods to the U.S. Census, the Centers for Disease Control, and to several National Academy of Science panels. 

James J. Giordano, Ph.D., Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics; Georgetown University Medical Center; Washington, DC.  Dr. Giordano is also a Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics; Co-Director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law; and a Professor in the Department of Neurology, Department of Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center.  Dr. Giordano is a Clark Faculty Fellow of Neurosciences and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany, and the William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Neuroethics at Gallaudet University. He is appointed to the Neuroethics, Legal, and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is a Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon. His ongoing research focuses upon the use of advanced neurotechnologies to explore the neurobiology of pain and other neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders; the neuroscience of moral decision-making, and the neuroethical issues arising from the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in research, clinical medicine, public life, international relations and policy, and national security and defense. 

Aviva L. Katz, M.D., Director, Consortium Ethics Program; University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Katz is a physician in the Department of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She also is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she provides clinical ethics education to medical students and residents.  Dr. Katz serves as the director of the ethics consultation service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and as vice chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institutional Review Board. She is chair of the Committee on Bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member and chair of the Ethics and Advocacy Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association.  Dr. Katz is also an active member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), serving on the Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Standing Committee which is currently developing standards to certify health care ethics consultations and/or accrediting programs that train/educate health care ethics consultants. She has published extensively on burn wound excision and other surgical issues, indications for fetal and neonatal surgery, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), and issues in pediatric transplantation. She has lectured on a variety of ethics topics, including ethical issues in critical care medicine, DNR orders during surgical interventions, and resource allocation in the treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity. Her current research interests include a qualitative assessment of the effects of embedding an ethicist on rounds in both the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.

Leslie E. Wolf, J.D., MPH, Professor and Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society, Georgia State University College of Law; Atlanta, GA.  Ms. Wolf has a joint appointment with the GSU School of Public Health.  She conducts research in a variety of areas in health and public health law and ethics, with a particular focus on research ethics. Prior to joining the law school, Professor Wolf was on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in the Program in Medical Ethics and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS). As part of the CAPS Policy & Ethics core, she provided consultation to HIV researchers about ethical design of their studies. She also served on the UCSF institutional review board, advisory committee regarding stem cell research, and on the General Clinical Research Center’s Advisory Committee. She has served on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ethics Subcommittee to the Advisory Committee to the Director (2008-2012), as a peer reviewer for the Department of Defense, and has been an invited presenter to various government agencies. She also was a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy, a joint program between Johns Hopkins and Georgetown, from 1996-1998. 

SACHRP Chair, Stephen J. Rosenfeld, M.D., M.B.A.; Chair, Quorum Review IRB; Olympia, WA.  Quorum Review is a large, independent IRB.  The members of Quorum’s IRBs and research ethics boards have expertise in a variety of therapeutic specialties.  Dr. Rosenfeld is a physician with extensive experience in clinical research, informatics, research ethics, and management.  He is board certified in internal medicine.  Dr. Rosenfeld was employed for 19 years by the National Institutes of Health.  During his tenure with NIH, Dr. Rosenfeld served as Chief Information Officer and Associate Director for Clinical Research Information Systems at the Clinical Center.  He also has served as the President and CEO of Western IRB.  One of Dr. Rosenfeld’s key interests is IRB quality.  He has spoken and written extensively, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of issues concerning human research protections.  Included in his professional affiliations, Dr. Rosenfeld serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR).

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