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Expert in Protection of Human Research Subjects Joins Public Citizen

 Jan. 6, 2010 

Expert in Protection of Human Research Subjects Joins Public Citizen

Dr. Michael A. Carome Is Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group

 Dr. Michael A. Carome, an internationally recognized expert on the protection of human research subjects, joins Public Citizen this week as deputy director of the organization’s Health Research Group.

 Dr. Carome was a senior leader at the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the Department of Health and Human Services. He retired from the U.S. Public Health Service on Dec. 31 after serving more than 24 years in uniformed service, attaining the rank of captain.

He most recently served as the associate director for regulatory affairs in OHRP. He also was a staff nephrologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s (WRAMC’s) Department of Medicine from 1992 to 2010. 

Previously, he served as director of the Division of Compliance Oversight within OHRP; chief of the Compliance Oversight Branch in the Office for Protection from Research Risks at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and assistant professor of medicine for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. 

During his tenure as director of OHRP’s Division of Compliance Oversight, Dr. Carome oversaw the implementation of a robust compliance oversight program, which prompted many major academic medical centers and hospitals across the country to strengthen their programs for protecting human research subjects. As OHRP’s associate director for regulatory affairs, he became a nationally and internationally recognized expert on the protection of human research subjects.

 “We are extremely pleased and fortunate to have Dr. Carome on board,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “We look forward to Dr. Carome’s work helping us continue to hold the drug and medical device industries as well as other parts of our health care system accountable. He will greatly enhance our ability to keep the Food and Drug Administration and other health regulatory agencies aligned with patients’ rather than industries’ needs and thereby serve as an important presence in Washington for all people in this country.”

 “I am very excited about having the opportunity to join such a prestigious group renowned for its longstanding, passionate and successful advocacy on behalf of the interests of patients,” Dr. Carome said.

 Dr. Carome completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship training at Walter Reed. He has been a guest researcher at the Renal Cell Biology Section of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH. Dr. Carome is a fellow in the American College of Physicians.

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