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Institutional Review Board

The Northern Arizona Healthcare Institutional Review Board (NAH IRB) serves both Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center. The NAH IRB is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities at our institution. NAH IRB’s primary function is to ensure that investigators adhere to federal regulations regarding the treatment of human subjects.

The NAH IRB, which is comprised of physicians, nurses, clergy and community members, meets quarterly, but can call special meetings when warranted. Not all studies require full board review, and expedited reviews are seen on a continuous basis throughout the year. 

If you are interested in pursuing research at either FMC or VVMC, please contact either Gretchen McMasters or Paula McAllister, Ph.D., using the contact information that follows:

NAH IRB Chair
Mark E. Donnelly, M.D.
General and Vascular Surgeon
Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona
Flagstaff Medical Center
1200 N. Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-773-2200
928-773-2201 fax

Cindy Beckett, Ph.D., R.N.C.-O.B., L.C.C.E.
Director, Evidence-Based Practice / Research
Flagstaff Medical Center
1200 N. Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-773-2307
928-213-6237 fax
cynthia.beckett@nahealth.com

Gretchen McMasters, M.B.A., CIM, CIP, CHRC,
IRB administrator
Flagstaff Medical Center
1200 N. Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-773-2346
928-214-2786 fax
gretchen.mcmasters@nahealth.com

Paula McAllister, Ph.D.
IRB Research Specialist
Flagstaff Medical Center
1200 N. Beaver St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-214-3616
928-214-6237 fax
paula.mcallister@nahealth.com