Shaunagh Browning

Posted in Staff Spotlight

May 5, 2023

Shaunagh Browning

Shaunagh Browning


Senior Director, Office of Human Subject Protections

How long have you worked at Georgetown?

A total of 32 years, separated by just over two years away from Georgetown

What led you to your position here at GUMC?

I have been engaged in clinical research for 30 years as a study coordinator, nurse practitioner and investigator. I am passionate about the implementation and safety of research participants, and running the Office of Human Subject Protections was a natural growth opportunity for me.

In your role, how do you interact with the GUMC community?

The OHSP encompasses Research Quality Assurance and the Institutional Review Board. I encourage a very open-door policy to the larger research community; therefore, I readily provide help with all matters of research quality, regulatory questions, and those related to human subject protections. I enjoy most educating individuals and departments about quality implementation of research and will provide informal and formal educational sessions on a variety of clinical research topics.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy guiding and leading individuals to provide quality clinical research care and to grow professionally as individuals.

What is a skill you have that might surprise people?

I co-founded a nonprofit association, The International Association of Clinical Research Nurses, now in its 15th year. Through that association, I assisted in writing the Scope and Standards of Practice, now recognized by the American Nurses Association, and co-created a certification process for clinical research nurses.

What did you learn about yourself as a professional during the pandemic?

I learned I am a servant leader who was able to assist in rapid problem-solving and dissemination of necessary knowledge through community building. I also learned that I am more resilient than I previously recognized.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a creative person who enjoys painting, crafting and expressing creativity in cooking. My most recent hobby is learning how to become a beekeeper.

What is your greatest achievement (personal or professional)?

Personally, I am very proud to have raised two beautiful children who are making their own unique contributions in this world. I am also very proud to demonstrate a commitment to continued education, completing my doctorate in nursing practice at the end of 2019. I am grateful that I persevered and am now applying the knowledge gained through the DNP program in my everyday work.

What is the best lesson you have learned from working at GUMC?

Flexibility and autonomy! GUMC has taught me to independently identify and adapt to unique experiences and challenges.