IRB Members

The George Washington University (GW) IRBs are composed of more than 40 primary and alternate members representing GW faculty, staff, and students, GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA), the GW Hospital, and non-affiliated members from the local community. With representation from a wide range of scientific disciplines and from outside the academic community, the IRB gives individualized attention to the numerous research projects being conducted by the university and its affiliates.

The IRB is comprised of two independent review committees or panels (Gold Panel 1 & Blue Panel 3). Each panel reviews research in the health and biological sciences and the social and behavioral sciences.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversee the operations of the IRB.

IRB Chairs

  • Gold Panel: David Diemert, MD
  • Blue Panel: Jody Ganiban, PhD

IRB Members

Gold Panel (Panel 1):   



David Diemert, MD
IRB Chair

Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Wallington, Sherrie, PhD

Oncology, Health Disparities

Claudia Ranniger, MD, PhD
IRB First Vice Chair

Emergency Medicine / Academics

Elissa Malkin, DO, MPH

Public Heath, Medicine

Lisa Martin, MD, FACC


Anne Linton, MS



Blue Panel (Panel 3)



Jody Ganiban, PhD
IRB Chair


Yousif Barzani, MD

Biomedical Laboratory Sciences

Paul Ndebele, PhD

Bioethics, Public Health

Keith Boniface, MD

Emergency Medicine

Bharat Ranganath, MD

Plastic Surgery, General Surgery

Anne Linton, MS


Mark Mishkin, MPH
IRB Second Vice Chair

Regulatory Affairs / Public Health

Richard Lush, PhD

Clinical Trials, Oncology / Medicine