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  • Faculty (IRB Chairs Boot Camp)

    Melissa E. Abraham, PhD, is chair of the Partners Human Research Committee (PHRC), an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, an associate psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a faculty associate in the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Abraham completed the Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School and went on to become a chair at the PHRC in 2004 where she also reviews minimal risk and SBER conducted in a biomedical setting. She is interested in issues related to SBER review in the biomedical setting, and has developed guidance on topics related to the use of the internet in research for the IRB and investigator community at Partners HealthCare. 
    James Feldman
     James Feldman, MD, MPH, FACEP, is vice chair for research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center, chair of the Boston University Medical Center IRB Panel Blue, and professor of emergency medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. He graduated from Harvard University, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Boston University School of Public Health. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine since 1983. Dr. Feldman is board certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine. His research interests have included pre-hospital emergency medical care, acute cardiac ischemia, cocaine-induced cardiac ischemia, and public health. Dr. Feldman was president of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) (2008-9). The recipient of several teaching and academic awards including the Pinnacle Award from MACEP for his contributions to emergency medical care in Massachusetts (2012), the Grant V. Rodkey award from the Massachusetts Medical Society for contributions to medical student education (2014) and named as Distinguished Senior Reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine (2016). He served as a member of the Boston City Hospital IRB, member, Vice Chair, and Chair (2006-present) of Panel Blue for the Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center IRB. 

    Bruce GordonBruce Gordon, MD, is professor of pediatrics in the section of pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Gordon has been a member of the UNMC institutional review board (IRB) since 1992, served as chair since 1996, and as executive chair since 2011. He organized, and is first chair of, a joint pediatric IRB with the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. He has served on a variety of national committees and task forces, including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections Subpart A Subcommittee, and as the first chair of the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Central IRB.  Dr. Gordon has been a faculty member at PRIM&R’s regional and national meetings, served as the co-chair for the 2009 AER Conference, and is the author of numerous original papers, review articles, and abstracts regarding human subjects protections and research ethics. Dr. Gordon is a member of the Education and Governance Committees.