Susan Z. Kornetsky, MPH

Director of Clinical Research Compliance
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Susan Kornetsky is the Director of Clinical Research Compliance at Children’s Hospital in Boston. For the past twenty-nine years, her responsibilities include directing an IRB administrative office, educating principal investigators regarding IRB regulations, assisting investigators with protocol development, assuring institutional compliance with all federal and state regulations pertaining to human research, establishing appropriate policies and procedures and overseeing a quality improvement program for human research protections.

Her education includes a BA in Biology from Brandeis University, and a Masters of Public Health from Boston University. In May of 2010 she completed a Medical Ethics Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Ms. Kornetsky is a past appointed member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) and was co-chair of the SACHRP Sub-committee on Children. She currently serves on the Subpart A subcommittee of SACHRP. She is a past member, appointed by the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), of the National Human Research Protection Advisory Committee. She is a past Board member of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Programs (AAHRP), and also served as a site visitor. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children.

Following many years as an active member as well as President of ARENA, PRIM&R’s membership program, Ms. Kornetsky was elected to PRIM&R’s Board of Directors in 2001. She is currently Vice Chair of the Board . She was an initial member on the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP) and served as a Council co-chair. She is one of the co-chairs of the 2012 and 2013 PRIM&R annual IRB national conferences. She is a member of a Stakeholder Advisory Group for a Healthcare System Research Collaboratory.

She lectures at many national meetings in addition to PRIM&R’s conferences and educational programs, and has served as a consultant on an Office of Protection from Research Risks (OPRR) site visit team. She has developed a course, IRB administrator 101, and teaches IRB members at many universities, hospitals, and medical schools. She lectures on research ethics and IRB regulations for multiple courses offered to new investigators and fellows through Harvard Medical School. She is also a current member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.