FIGHT Institutional Review Board

An institutional review board (IRB), also known as an independent ethics committee (IEC), is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans. The Philadelphia FIGHT IRB is charged with the responsibility of determining 1.) whether human subjects have volunteered for a research endeavor by means of informed consent, and 2.) whether risks to these subjects outweigh the potential benefits to them and important knowledge is gained by the research.

  • Ronda Goldfein, JD (Chair)
  • Livio Azzoni, MD, PhD
  • William Horton
  • Kate Locke
  • Richard Moreau
  • Jenny Pierce

If you are interested in conducting research at Philadelphia FIGHT, please download and email this form (PDF) and return to Linden Lalley-Chareczko.

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.


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