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Jonathan M. Green, MD

Named to U.S. Health & Human Services advisory committee

by Julia Evangelou StraitNovember 5, 2015

Jonathan M. Green, MD, associate dean for human studies and executive chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Washington University, has been appointed to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Green, who also is a professor of medicine and of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine, will serve a three-year term on the committee. His term begins Oct. 21.

The advisory committee is governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and provides expert advice and recommendations to the HHS secretary on issues pertaining to the protection of human research subjects.

According to the HHS, the committee, which was formed in 2001, has focused on areas such as “research involving children, prisoners and individuals with impaired decision-making capacity; informed consent and the use of biospecimens; harmonization of human subjects regulations and guidance; the reduction of regulatory burden; the HIPAA Privacy Rule; community-engaged research, and accreditation.”

One of the committee’s most important contributions will be its recommendations to HHS on proposed revisions to current regulations regarding human subjects research, Green said.

“This is an especially important time to be on this committee, as the regulations are undergoing a huge revision right now,” Green said. “I believe my experience as chair of our IRB, as well as my role as an investigator, will allow me to bring an important perspective to the committee.”

In addition to his role as executive chair of the university’s IRB, Green conducts research to investigate the regulation of the immune response and treats patients as an attending physician in the medical intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Green joined the university’s IRB in 2008 and was appointed executive chair in 2010. From 2005-09, he served as chair of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Ethics Committee.

A School of Medicine faculty member since 1996, Green received his medical degree in 1982 from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Michigan.

Julia covers medical news in genomics, cancer, cardiology, developmental biology, otolaryngology, biochemistry & molecular biophysics, and gut microbiome research. In 2022, she won a gold award for excellence in the Robert G. Fenley Writing Awards competition. Given by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the award recognized her coverage of long COVID-19. Before joining Washington University in 2010, she was a freelance writer covering science and medicine. She has a research background with stints in labs focused on bioceramics, human motor control and tissue-engineered heart valves. She is a past Missouri Health Journalism Fellow and a current member of the National Association of Science Writers. She holds a bachelor's degree in engineering science from Iowa State University and a master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota.