DOE Human Subjects Resources
Michael Viola Honored by DOE Human Subjects Working Group (HSWG)
On behalf of the DOE Human Subjects Working Group, presentation was made, in absentia, to Dr. Michael Viola, Past Director, Life and Medical Sciences Division, on his retirement from the Department of Energy in October 2007. Dr. Viola was not able to be present at the Working Group Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 1, 2007 to personally receive a plaque commemorating his service to the DOE Human Subjects Research Program. Nonetheless, it was duly noted that Dr. Viola (known as “Mike” to his friends and colleagues) was instrumental in supporting and fostering the Program during the several years following the departure of the former Human Subjects Research Program Manager, Dr. Susan Rose. When the initial search for a replacement did not provide a suitable candidate, Mike enlisted the help of Peter Kirchner, M.D., board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine and a Senior Scientist Advisor with DOE, to assist him on an interim basis. Undaunted, a second search for a permanent Program Manager was concluded successfully in 2007 with the selection of Ms. Elizabeth (Libby) White from the Department’s Office of Health, Safety and Security (HS), where she was Director of the Office of Former Worker Screening Programs. Mike never faltered in his efforts to do service to the Program.
However, Dr. Viola was able to meet with the HSWG at their Workshop on May 7, 2008 in Rockville, Maryland, where this time he was personally presented with the plaque. The plaque was inscribed as follows:
“Michael Viola, MD, Dedicated Physician and Ardent Human Subjects Protection Advocate. As Director, Life and Medical Sciences Division, your vision of the DOE Human Subjects Research Program was to ensure that the rights and welfare of human research subjects are protected while advances in research continue to lead to discoveries that benefit humanity. You will be remembered for your kindness and good works. Best wishes for future endeavors!”