BUFFALO, N.Y. – Michelle A. Van Gheem, research compliance
and compliance manager of GE Healthcare, General Electric Co. in
Wauwatosa, Wis., has been named director of research compliance at
the University at Buffalo.
The announcement was made by Alexander Cartwright, UB vice
president for research and economic development.
Cartwright said that Van Gheem’s expertise and experience
stood out amid an exceptionally talented group of candidates during
a national search.
“Michelle Van Gheem distinguished herself as knowledgeable
across a wide spectrum of compliance regulations, including having
familiarity with externally-sponsored research activities that
involved a range of federal, state and private grant-making
programs,” said Cartwright. “I feel confident that she
will guide UB through the regulations related to the
university’s research, which will also include the
responsibility for education and training programs as they relate
to sponsored research activities.”
The director of research compliance — a new position at UB
— will provide university-wide management and administration
of all aspects of compliance policies as they relate to UB’s
research activities. In order to best serve the research community,
and to ensure that best practices in research compliance are
followed, the Office of Research Compliance was formed for
dedicated leadership of these functions.
The office will have oversight of the following policies and
programs: responsible conduct of research, intellectual and
creative activity; export controls; financial conflicts of
interest; and research subjects’ protection (human subjects
and animal subjects).
In addition, the seven current full-time staff —
supporting all of the research compliance functions —
will collocate in one office area at the Clinical and Translational
Research Center on UB’s downtown campus. This will better
leverage existing staff and resources to increase efficiencies and
improve customer service to the UB research community.
Van Gheem will be directly responsible for day-to-day operations
and work collaboratively with the Department of Environmental
Health and Safety in the management of a number of laboratory
The university currently has more than 1,100 active research
projects. Van Gheem will ensure research compliance committee
transparency for all projects with an emphasis on inter-committee
communication. She will also serve as the primary liaison with
federal and other regulatory agencies.
Van Gheem comes to UB with more than 15 years of progressive
research compliance experience in higher education and the private
In her most recent position at GE Healthcare, Van Gheem has been
responsible for global research and commercial compliance oversight
for GE Healthcare Systems and its $12 billion medical device
business. In her role as chief research compliance officer, she
developed expertise in privacy, anti-kickback, investigations and
training. She also developed a keen understanding of the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health
Technology for Economical Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and
international privacy auditing and monitoring.
Van Gheem spoke enthusiastically about her appointment and about
coming to UB.
“I am excited to join the UB community and have the
opportunity to work with a talented team in building on the
existing comprehensive and efficient research compliance services
for UB faculty, students and administrators.”
Prior to GE, Van Gheem held appointments at Covenant Healthcare
System Inc. in Milwaukee, Wis. as regional director of research
management, and at Marquette University, also in Milwaukee, as
director of the Office of Research Compliance.
Van Gheem received her bachelor of arts in international
relations, Eastern European studies and Russian language from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.