Research, Discovery & Innovation

Research Oversight Committee

The Brigham Research Institute (BRI) is governed by the Research Oversight Committee (ROC) which is made up of the BRI Executive Committee, department chairs or their representatives, BRI Center and Program Co-Chairs, elected members and various leadership across Mass General Brigham, as well as ad hoc members.

The Committee was established to foster transparency and accountability in the decision-making process for the research enterprise and to plan new strategic initiatives; the composition of the Committee is intended to collectively reflect the diversity of the BWH research community.

Interested in Participating in a Future Research Oversight Committee Meeting?

We invite Brigham entities not currently represented on the ROC through another category/office to apply for membership.

Please note that all ROC members are required to attend monthly meetings, review and/or vote on topics discussed and disseminate relevant information shared at these forums to their respective communities. 

If you would like to preview a meeting before applying for membership, please sign up for a guest spot at a future ROC meeting.

About the Research Oversight Committee

The Brigham Research Institute (BRI) is governed by the Research Oversight Committee (ROC). The ROC is made up of department representatives, BRI Center and Program Co-Chairs, and the BRI Executive Committee. 

The ROC was established to foster transparency and accountability in the decision making process for the research enterprise and to plan new strategic initiatives. We invite Brigham entities not currently represented on the ROC through another category/office to apply for membership. Please note that all ROC members are required to attend monthly meetings, review and/or vote on topics discussed and disseminate relevant information shared at these forums to their respective communities. 

If you would like to preview a meeting before applying for membership, please sign up for a guest spot at a future meeting.

Role of Representatives on the Research Oversight Committee

Representatives will participate in discussions, promote the interests of their community within the Brigham Research Institute, and report back to their respective communities on items of interest. The representatives will gain valuable experience and exposure to the oversight and management of a large research enterprise. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the research leadership and strategic direction of the research agenda at the Brigham.

Representatives are expected to attend monthly meetings, held virtually on Zoom, typically on the third Thursday of each month.

Representatives should plan to serve one three-year term on the Research Oversight Committee, with the possibility of renewal.

If you have any other questions about the nomination process, elections or representative responsibilities, or general questions about the Research Oversight Committee, please contact the Brigham Research Institute.

Research Oversight Committee Members

Hospital Department Representatives
James P. Rathmell, MD

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Research Oversight Committee

Cynthia Morton, PhD

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department Representative, Research Oversight Committee

James D. Kang

Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Research Oversight Committee

Nathalie Agar, PhD

President’s Scholar (2021)
Research Oversight Committee Representative, Department of Neurosurgery

Ross D. Zafonte, DO

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department Representative, Research Oversight Committee

Ross I. Berbeco, PhD

Department of Radiation Oncology
Department Representative, Research Oversight Committee (2nd Alternate)

Catherine S. Giess, MD

Interim Chair, Department of Radiology,
Department Representative, Research Oversight Committee

James Lederer, PhD

Department of Surgery
Department Representative, Research Oversight Committee (Alternate)

Hans Widlund, PhD

Department of Dermatology, DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE, RESEARCH OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Steve Mentzer, MD

Department of Surgery, Department Representative, Research Oversight Committee

Elected Representatives
Jen Stuart, ScD

Junior Faculty Representative, Research Oversight Committee (Alternate)