Green to head university’s Institutional Review Board

Jonathan M. Green, MD, has been named associate dean for human studies and executive chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Washington University in St. Louis.

Green succeeds Philip Ludbrook, MD, who has served as chair of the IRB since 1987 and as associate dean since 1990.


Green is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine. He is involved in both laboratory and clinical research focusing on how T cells recognize and respond to antigen and how these processes control inflammatory diseases of the lung. He is also an attending physician in the medical intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Ludbrook became chair of the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) in July 2005 when the IRBs from the School of Medicine and the Danforth Campus merged to create HRPO. Under his leadership, HRPO was one of the earliest academic IRBs to gain national accreditation from the newly formed Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. He will continue to serve as a consultant.

Green joined Washington University in 1996 as an assistant professor of medicine and of pathology and immunology. He was a member of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Ethics Committee from 2000-09, serving as chair from 2005-09. He has been a member of the Washington University IRB since 2008 and now serves as the co-chair of one of HRPO’s protocol review committees. In 2010, he received the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Community Service.

Green earned a medical degree from Wayne State University and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital. He completed research fellowship training at Boston University School of Medicine and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, followed by additional research training at the University of Chicago.

The Washington University HRPO each year reviews more than 3,500 active protocols using four protocol review committees, four continuing review committees and two mixed reviewing committees. Each reviewing committee meets monthly. Committees include nearly 250 volunteer physicians, non-physician scientists, researchers, clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, occupational and physical therapists, other members of the medical community, lawyers, clergy and lay people from the St. Louis community.