The Need to Do What is Right: An Interview with Bruce Gordon

by Caroline Slymon, executive coordinator

In January, PRIM&R welcomed two new members to its board of directors, including Bruce Gordon, MD. Dr. Gordon is professor of pediatrics in the section of pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Gordon has been a member of the UNMC institutional review board (IRB) since 1992, served as chair since 1996, and served as executive chair since 2011. He also organized, and is first chair of, a joint pediatric IRB with the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. He has served on a variety of national committees and task forces, including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections Subpart A Subcommittee, and the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Central IRB, where he served as its first chair. Dr. Gordon has been a faculty member at PRIM&R’s regional and national conferences, served as the planning committee co-chair for the 2009 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference, and is the author of numerous papers, review articles, and abstracts regarding human subjects protections and research ethics.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Gordon about his experiences in the field as well as his involvement with PRIM&R.

Caroline Slymon (CS): When and why did you join the field?
Bruce Gordon (BG): I was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska and did not even know what an IRB was. Ernie Prentice called me to let me know that they needed an oncologist on the UNMC IRB and persuaded me to sign up.

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