Staff Roster

Staff Roster

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Charles J. Schleupner, MSc, MD
IRB Chair

Dr. Schleupner is professor of Internal Medicine and director of the fellowship in Infectious Diseases for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He is on the medical staff at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He has received numerous grants for research studies on HIV and other infectious diseases. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed his internal medicine residency and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Utah Medical Center. He received a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Walter S. Davis, Jr., MD
IRB Vice-Chair

Dr. Davis is Medical Director of the Carilion Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and chair of the Carilion Medical Center Bioethics Committee. He received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University and completed his Rehabilitation Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Davis also has a Masters degree in Medical Ethics from Duke University. He formerly served as a Research Subject Advocate at the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Virginia.

Charles A. Hite, III, MA, CIP
Director, Biomedical and Research Ethics

Chuck became interested in biomedical ethics during a fellowship at the University of Virginia Center for Biomedical Ethics, which he participated in as a part of his career in journalism. Not long after that fellowship, and becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the article that resulted, he accepted his current position at Carilion and has earned his Master's in Biomedical Ethics from the University of Virginia. As Director of Biomedical and Research Ethics, Chuck provides administrative oversight and support to the IRB.

Julie K. Wimmer, RD, CCRC
IRB Regulatory Affairs Administrator

Julie was formerly a clinical research coordinator for the Carilion Office of Sponsored Projects before joining the IRB. Prior to coming to Carilion, she was a research coordinator/research dietician for the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Minnesota for three years. She also has worked as a public health nutritionist with the Roanoke City Health Department. She is a cum laude graduate of Virginia Tech and took a semester in nursing classes at Jefferson College.

Meredith T. Talmadge, RHIT, CIP
IRB Administrator

Meredith re-joined the staff of the Carilion IRB in January 2008. She had previously served for three years as the IRB Administrator before relocating to the Tidewater area where she was the research coordinator for a pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. Meredith has a Bachelor's Degree in Research and Behavior as well as an Associates's Degree in H.I.M.

Susan M. Curtiss, AS
Department Secretary II

Susan joined the IRB staff as Department Secretary in July 2005. She received an Associate of Science Degree with minors in both Bible and Secretarial Science from Cincinnati Christian University in 1988. Susan has almost 20 years work experience in an office environment. She also serves as the Department Secretary for Biomedical and Research Ethics and Continuing Medical Education.

Contact Us

To contact the Carilion Clinic Institutional Review Board, please call or write:

Carilion Clinic IRB
2001 Crystal Spring Avenue, Suite 202
Roanoke, VA 24014
540-853-0728

For information regarding human research subjects protections or rights:

Dr. Charles Schleupner, Chair, Carilion IRB
540-981-7490
cjschleupner@carilionclinic.org

For questions about federal regulations, unanticipated risks, conflict of interest or research misconduct:

Chuck Hite, Director, Biomedical and Research Ethics
540-981-8096
cahite@carilionclinic.org

For information regarding expedited or exempt study submissions, QA/QI or compliance:

Julie K. Wimmer, IRB Regulatory Affairs Administrator
540-981-8015
jkwimmer@carilionclinic.org

For information regarding full-board submissions, IRB meetings or education:

Meredith Talmadge, IRB Administrator
540-853-0728
mttalmadge@carilionclinic.org