Felix A. Khin-Maung-Gyi, executive chairman and founder of Chesapeake Research Review LLC and an ethicist whose field was human research, died Thursday at his Ellicott City home of undetermined causes. He was 58.
The son of Francis Khin-Maung-Gyi, a civil engineer, and Daisy Khin-Maung-Gyi, an educator, Felix Alexius Khin-Maung-Gyi was born in Rangoon, Burma, where he lived until 1968, when he moved with his family to Burlingame, Calif.
They later moved to Bethesda when his father took a job with the World Bank in Washington. After graduating from Walt Whitman High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1983.
In 1986, he earned a doctorate in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and completed pharmacy residencies at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington.
Dr. Khin-Maung-Gyi also earned a master's degree in business from Loyola University Maryland.
From 1986 to 1996, he was a senior associate for Clinical Pharmacy Associates, and from 1991 to 1993, worked as a manager for Fidia Pharmaceutical Corp. in Washington in pharmacosurveillance and investigational supplies and regulatory affairs company.
Dr. Khin-Maung-Gyi was also an adjunct assistant professor in health care services from 1988 to 1998 at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington.
He was the founder of Chesapeake Research Review LLC, which is also known as Chesapeake IRB. The Columbia firm provides consulting support to biomedical and health care research and development organizations.
"He also advised on the ethics of research that was being conducted on humans and in clinical studies," said his wife of 28 years, the former Mary Therese "Terry" Payer.
Even though he sold part ownership of the business two years ago, he remained active with the company. He wrote widely on the ethics of the use of human subjects in research and recruitment of research subjects.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Khin-Maung-Gyi is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Gyi, a student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.; a brother, Justin Gyi of New Hampshire; and a sister, Diane Gyi of Bethesda.