Contact the IRB/HSPO

Mailing address

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Human Subjects Protection Office
Institutional Review Board
Mail Code A115, Academic Support Building, Room 1140
90 Hope Drive, P.O. Box 855
Hershey, PA 17033-0855


Office hours

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday


Academic Support Building, Room 1140

Phone and fax numbers

Office: 717-531-5687
Fax: 717-531-3937

Email - for protocol-specific questions or concerns

Questions, complaints and concerns

Questions, complaints or concerns related to research involving human participants conducted at or under the auspices of the Penn State College of Medicine or Penn State Hershey Medical Center can be directed to the Director of the Human Subjects Protection Office, Dr. Kathleen Hay, at 717-531-1646 or Questions, complaints or concerns may also be directed to the office of the Vice Dean for Research at 717-531-7199. All communications are taken seriously and handled confidentially. Federal law prohibits discrimination against persons that bring forth legitimate concerns for investigation.

For after-hours urgent concerns regarding human subjects protection, the IRB Executive Chair, Dr. Patricia Gordon, or another IRB Chair may be contacted through the hospital operator at 717-531-8521.

You may also reach us via our Comment/Suggestion Form. You can choose to receive a response or remain anonymous.