Director, Human Research Affairs, Partners HealthCare System, Inc.; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD, is the director of human research affairs at Partners HealthCare System, Inc., in Boston, MA, and an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is responsible for the systems that support the regulatory and ethical oversight of human research and human embryonic stem cell research. Dr. O’Rourke’s career began as a pediatric critical care physician at Children's Hospital Boston, and then at Children's Hospital, University of Washington, as director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She did clinical research in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, liquid ventilation, high frequency ventilation, and pediatric resuscitation. Following a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship working for Senator Edward Kennedy from 1997 to 2000, she was the deputy director of the Office of Science Policy in the Office of the Director at the NIH, where she worked on issues such as privacy, gene therapy (transfer) embryonic stem cells, and genetic discrimination. Dr. O’Rourke is the ex-chairman and a former member of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors, and she is a member of the AER18 Core Conference Planning Committee.
Wednesday, November 14
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday, November 16
11:15 AM – 1:30 PM