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Institutional Review Board

The Saint Luke's Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a group that has been designated by the organization to review and monitor research involving human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove research. The primary role of the IRB is the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects.


If the project you are proposing meets the definition of research and involves human subjects, you must complete the IRB process. The IRB office is a resource to you and will review the details of your proposal to determine whether IRB review is required. The IRB strongly suggests that any project you believe to be quality improvement that involves human subjects should be reviewed by the IRB office for a formal determination that the project is not research and is quality improvement activity.

To be approved as an investigator or study coordinator on any IRB-approved research, each individual must complete the required CITI training and the financial disclosure form. Instructions for CITI training and the financial disclosure form can be found in the form list in the tabs below. If you are new to Saint Luke's Health System and would like to pursue research, or if you have suggestions about how to become an investigator, the IRB office encourages you to make an appointment with our staff. 


The IRB office will work with you to ensure that the submission is complete and all outstanding questions have been answered before the research is scheduled for review. Once completed, the research will be reviewed by the IRB office staff to determine what type of review is required. If full board review is required, the research will be placed on the next available agenda. For continuing review, the IRB office strongly suggests that you submit the research 60-90 days prior to expiration of any previous approval. 


The IRB office is located in Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, on the second floor in the hallway labeled "Pediatrix." The office number is 2732. The IRB office is open for visitors if you would like to discuss something in person. To ensure someone will be available to meet with you, we recommend calling or emailing before you come by. 


In addition ot the CITI training, the IRB office provides ongoing education for researchers at Saint Luke's. Check with the office for upcoming education offerings.

Are you interested in becoming an IRB member? If so, please contact the IRB office. We are always looking for potential members!

April Smith, BA, CIP
IRB Manager

​Jennifer Murray, BA, CIP
IRB Administrator​

Josie Nabavian
IRB Administrative Assistant

Do you have concerns, suggestions, or questions about the IRB? You may formally register suggestions, concerns, or complaints regarding the IRB office and/or procedures at 816-932-2589 or Issues raised will be resolved as quickly as possible. Any concerns, suggestions, or complaints, regarding the IRB office and/or procedures that cannot be resolved by the Manager will be forwarded to the Director of Clinical Research Operations for review.

If you are a participant in research conducted within the Saint Luke's Health System and you have questions about our rights as a research subject, please the contact the IRB office.