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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The WakeMed Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a group of scientists and non-scientists who come together at a convened board meeting to review research studies and advocate for the welfare and safety of patients and participants who volunteer to participate in human research studies and projects.

The WakeMed IRB reviews and approves a variety of research studies to include, but not limited to, investigational drug and device studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Chart Reviews as well as resident projects.

Services We Offer

  • Questions about a Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement project? Consult the 2023 QA/QI Guidance Checklist, and reach out to IRB Analyst at ckilday@wakemed.org for more information and guidance.
  • One-on-One Pre-submission Project Consultations
  • Group Training/Presentations: “IRB 101 – The Basics”
  • Facilitate communication with other entities involved in the oversight of human research across all WakeMed campuses

Contact Us

The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except on official holidays.

IRB Analyst: 

Email: Catherine Kilday, MPS

Call: 919-350-7335  

For general inquiries, please email 


The IRB office is located at the WakeMed Corporate Center on the 3rd floor. 

FWA Info

WakeMed Health and Hospitals is committed to upholding the regulatory and ethical standards through a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) issued by the Federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). This FWA provides assurance that WakeMed will comply with the requirements 45 CFR part 46 as described in the Department of Health and Human Services Protection of Human Subjects regulations. WakeMed’s Federal Wide Assurance number is FWA00000213.
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IRB Meetings

IRB meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. in Conference Dining at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Currently, however, meetings are being held virtually.

WakeMed IRB Meeting Dates