Institutional Review Board

The Saint Luke's Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a group that has been designated by the organization to review and monitor research involving human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove research. The primary role of the IRB is the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects.


If the project you are proposing meets the definition of research and involves human subjects, you must complete the IRB process. The IRB office is a resource to you and will review the details of your proposal to determine whether IRB review is required. The IRB strongly suggests that any project you believe to be quality improvement that involves human subjects should be reviewed by the IRB office for a formal determination that the project is not research and is quality improvement activity.

To be approved as an investigator or study coordinator on any IRB-approved research, each individual must complete the required CITI training and the financial disclosure form. If you are new to Saint Luke's Health System and would like to pursue research, or if you have suggestions about how to become an investigator, the IRB office encourages you to make an appointment with our staff. 


The IRB office will work with you to ensure that the submission is complete and all outstanding questions have been answered before the research is scheduled for review. Once completed, the research will be reviewed by the IRB office staff to determine what type of review is required. If full board review is required, the research will be placed on the next available agenda. For continuing review, the IRB office strongly suggests that you submit the research 60 – 90 days prior to expiration of any previous approval. 


Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
4401 Wornall Road
2nd Floor, Room 2732
Kansas City, MO 64111

Note: We’re located in the hallway labeled "Pediatrix." The office is open for visitors if you would like to discuss something in person. We recommend making an appointment to ensure someone will be available.


In addition to CITI training, the IRB office provides ongoing education for researchers at Saint Luke's. Check with the office for upcoming education offerings.


If you’re interested in becoming an IRB member, contact the IRB office.


  • April Smith, BA, CIP, IRB Manager
  • ​Jennifer Murray, BA, CIP, IRB Administrator​
  • Josie Nabavian, IRB Administrative Assistant


If you are a participant in research conducted at Saint Luke's and you have questions about rights as a research subject, contact the IRB office. 


Adverse Event Report (doc)

Child Assent Examples (doc)

Continuing Review Submissions (docx)

Consent for FDA Regulated Studies Template (doc)

Consent for non FDA Regulated Studies Template (doc)

Consent for Surrogate Decision Makers Template (doc)

Emergency Use Consent Template (doc)

Financial Disclosure Form (doc)

HIPAA Research Authorization Form (docx)

HUD Consent Template (doc)

Humanitarian Use Device Application (docx)

Initial Submission Form (docx)

Informed Consent Checklist (doc)

IRB Establishment of a Research Repository Form (docx)

Modification Amendment Submission Form (docx)

Parental Research Permission Form Template (doc)

Pregnant Partner Consent Template (doc)

Principal Investigator Agreement (docx)

Project Description Template (docx)

Protocol Deviations and Protocol Violations Evaluation Form (doc)

Radiation Safety Application (doc)

Request for Human Subjects Research Determination (doc)

Request for Waiver of Documentation of Informed Consent (docx)

Request for Waiver or Alteration of HIPAA Authorization (doc)

Request for Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent Process (docx)

Request to Remove or Add Study Staff (doc)

Research Exemption Request to use De-identified Data (doc)

Research Protocol Template (doc)

Retrospective Initial Submission (docx)

Scientific Review of Research Involving Human Subjects (doc)

Storage Sample and Future Use Template (doc)

Study Closure Form (doc)