Since 1985, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has monitored the clinical studies under its purview with three goals in mind: meeting the highest ethical standards, proving scientific validity and ensuring patient safety. In fact, the IRB has successfully undergone a total of three routine FDA audits, the last in 2009, to meet compliance with federal regulations. Board members are represented by doctors of various specialties, nurses, the division legal counsel, ancillary personnel and external community members. With a strong focus on safety and rigid adherence to federal regulations, our research programs are dedicated to promoting innovation and positioning Medical City as a healthcare leader. You can trust your patients to our research programs. Not only do we have a proven safety record and a transparent process, but you'll receive feedback throughout your patient's care. For further information about the IRB and submitting a research protocol, contact Kristye Palmquist, IRB research coordinator, at (972) 566-6060 or

Clinical Research Resources

The MCDH Department of Clinical Research is staffed by a professional team of research scientists, engineers, administrative specialists and research nurses. The expertise of the staff covers a wide range of disciplines including: biostatistics, cardiopulmonary physiology, life sciences, medical biophysics, nursing and research administration.