Research Studies at Suburban Hospital

Role of the Research Committee

The Suburban Hospital Research Review Committee (SHRRC) serves as the HIPAA Privacy Board of Suburban Hospital. Local context reviews for NIH IRB and Johns Hopkins IRB studies performed at Suburban Hospital are conducted by the committee.

The members of the SHRRC are:

W. Patricia Ingkanisorn Bandettini, MD
Dr. Bandettini is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She pursued her Internal Medicine and General Cardiology training at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois and an advanced cardiovascular imaging research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. After completing her imaging fellowship, Dr. Bandettini has remained at the National Institutes of Health as a Staff Clinician and is the NHLBI Director of Cardiovascular MRI at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Bandettini has been involved in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) for over 10 years and is actively engaged in teaching, performing research, and finding clinical applications of CMR. She has diverse research interests, but one main focus has been that of translating new CMR imaging techniques into practical clinical use, particularly in patients with coronary artery disease.


Yvonne D'Arcy, MS, CRNP, CNS
Yvonne D'Arcy is the Pain and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. She received her BSN from Viterbo University, her MSN from Winona State University and her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Florida.

Ms D'Arcy is a member of the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and a previous member of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. She has served on the board of directors for the American Society of Pain Management Nurses and has played an integral role in the formulation of several guidelines on the management of acute and chronic pain. She is a Principle Investigator for Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-based Methods to Measure and Improve Pain Outcomes. Ms D'Arcy has contributed both to books and journals throughout her career. Books include Pain Management: Evidence-based Tools and Techniques for Nursing Professionals, Compact Clinical Guide to Chronic Pain, and Compact Clinical Guide to Acute Pain. Her book, How to Manage Pain in the Elderly is an American Journal of Nursing book of the year for 2010.Her books A Compact Clinical Guide to Cancer Pain, co-authored with Pamela Davies, and A Compact Clinical to Women's Pain are scheduled for a 2012 publication.

Ms D'Arcy lectures and presents nationally and internationally on such topics as chronic pain, difficult-to-treat neuropathic pain syndromes, and all aspects of acute pain management. Articles she has published can be found in an extensive number of journals, including but not limited to American Nurse Today, Nursing 2011, Pain Management Nursing, PT Insider, and Nurse Practitioner Journal.


Jerome W. Breslow
Jerome W. Breslow, a member of the Suburban Hospital IRB and its successor SHRRC since 2002, is an attorney and retired business executive, last serving as Vice President, Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer of COMSAT Corporation. A founding director of the Suburban Hospital Foundation, he currently serves on the boards of the Strathmore Fall Foundation; the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras; Friends of Hexagon; and Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, MD. A musician and composer, Mr. Breslow and his wife, Harriet K. Breslow, a psychiatric social worker, reside in Potomac, MD.


Rhonda Beth Friedman, ScD
Dr. Rhonda Friedman has spent her professional career in health public policy and outcomes research.

Her research interests have included evaluating interventions that could improve health delivery and healthcare status. She has investigated the quality of life improvement with medications aimed at improving chronic conditions and the safety and effectiveness of various diagnostics, devices, and drugs now used in the public sector. Dr. Friedman is currently a board member on the Montana Academy Foundation and chair of Girls Inc. of the Washington DC Metro Area.


Carolyn Hendricks, M.D.
Dr. Hendricks was a member of the Suburban IRB for more than 10 years. For the past 20 years, she has practiced medical oncology focused on breast cancer. Dr. Hendricks is a recent past member of the Suburban Hospital Healthcare System Board. She chairs the FDA's National Mammography Board of Quality Assurance and serve on several ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) quality committees. Dr. Hendricks is dedicated to bird conservation and she sits on the board of American Bird Conservancy. She is a proponent of energy conservation and commutes to work by bicycle.


Gary Roggin, M.D.
Dr. Roggin has been a member Suburban’s Regional Research Board since 1998 and is currently serving as the co-chair. He is also a member of the Suburban Hospital Foundation Board and the chair of the hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics/Medication Errors Reduction Committee. Dr. Roggin is a practicing gastroenterologist in the Bethesda community. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed his fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and he is a fellow of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Roggin is a past president and a current board member of the Montgomery County Medical Society and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Greater Washington, D.C.


Laurie Herscher, M.D.
Laurie Herscher, M.D., is a Radiation Oncologist. Originally from California, she did her undergraduate work at Stanford University. Dr. Herscher received her medical degree from The George Washington University and did her residency training in Radiation Oncology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Herscher was a staff physician at the NCI until joining the Radiation Oncology Department at Suburban Hospital in 2002.


Reverend Barbara McKenzie
Reverend McKenzie is director of pastoral care at Suburban Hospital. In this role, she delivers comprehensive and continual pastoral care leadership and support to patients, families, and staff while supervising a team of on-call religious leaders. Reverend McKenzie offers crisis intervention, grief and bereavement counseling, conducts worship and memorial services and facilitates religious programs and support groups.


Karen Michaels, MS PharmD
Dr. Karen Michaels has spent her professional career first as a research biochemist and then as a clinical pharmacist with expertise in oncology and anticoagulation. She has experience in clinical studies implementation and outcomes review for oncology patients as well as quality of life improvement with herbal and alternative medications. Dr. Michaels is currently the Pharmacy Clinical Manager of Suburban Hospital and is the Director of PGY1 residency program, which incorporates Clinical Quality Research projects in the residency program.