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HHS appoints Quorum’s Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld SACHRP Chair

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Dr. Stephen J. Rosenfeld, executive IRB chair for Quorum Review IRB, has accepted an invitation from Sylvia Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), to chair the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections (SACHRP). SACHRP comprises experts in the fields of research and ethics, and provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of DHHS on issues pertaining to the protection of human subjects in research.

“I am pleased to accept this position,” Dr. Rosenfeld said, observing that medical research is changing rapidly. “Ethics review committees are struggling with the blurring of distinctions between research, health care, and the activities of daily living, and we owe it to society and to our children to address these issues responsibly, consistently and with transparency. I look forward to working with SACHRP to formulate policy recommendations for the Secretary [of DHHS].”

Dr. Rosenfeld has served on SACHRP for three years and Dr. Burwell invited him to begin his new post immediately. He will serve as the SACHRP Chair until July of 2020.
Professionally, Dr. Rosenfeld spent 19 years at the NIH, where his experience culminated in the role of chief information officer of the Clinical Center. He also has served in executive leadership positions in the private sector, both as the CIO of Maine Health and as the CEO of a leading independent IRB. Dr. Rosenfeld has earned degrees from Yale and Cornell, trained in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth and in Hematology at the NIH, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

“Dr. Rosenfeld is a thought leader who understands the practical aspects of complex issues,” said Cami Gearhart, CEO of Quorum, “SACHRP will benefit from his leadership and expertise.”

Dr. Rosenfeld is active in MRCT (Multi-Regional Clinical Trials initiative), CTTI (Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, ACRES (Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety), NWABR (Northwest Association for Biomedical Research) and has served as a guest lecturer for the Harvard Center for Bioethics. In 2013, Dr. Rosenfeld received the honor of Distinguished Professor of Medicine from Daegu Catholic University Medical Center in Korea.

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