Meet PREVAIL Team Member Victor Taryor, Site Manager at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia

“I have a passion for helping people in need, especially those who are sick or have a disability. While serving as a nurse, I realized that health care resources are often inadequate and grossly limited. I went into health care because of my own struggles and empathy for others, as well as the desire to help address resource challenges in the developing world,” said Victor Doolakeh Taryor.
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Victor Taryor

PREVAIL Site Manager
Taryor is the FHI Clinical site manager for the Partnership for Research on Vaccines and Infectious Diseases in Liberia (PREVAIL) team at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia.
About PREVAIL
The PREVAIL research network was established in 2014 by the Liberian Ministry of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to foster international relationships to help end the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic. Originally, the network focused on clinical research for Ebola therapeutics and vaccines. Efforts have since shifted to a long-term network that researches many other diseases of public health importance in Liberia. Today, the PREVAIL network is governed by multiple, global organizations and has active studies for Ebola, HIV, malaria and COVID-19.
As the site manager for PREVAIL, Taryor responds to operations requests, including queries from the University of Minnesota Data Management Center regarding study-related issues and operational performance issues. He also holds daily meetings with his staff and disbursement administrator to evaluate challenges and verify and approve daily financial disbursement records.
The FHI Clinical-PREVAIL Partnership
FHI Clinical has supported the PREVAIL research network since its inception in 2014, and we expanded our role to full operational management in September 2020. We provide experienced oversight, facilitate the execution and contractual requirements of all in-country logistics, and help sustain the ability of the network’s research-ready sites to conduct high-quality studies in collaboration with sponsors and research teams.
“My days are full of competing priorities. My job is managing people who contribute scientific knowledge towards the fight against various infectious diseases of public health importance. I like that what I do helps people. Nursing gave me a lot of courage, and I’m naturally a nurturer. Both of these attributes are a good basis for sound leadership.”
Taryor began his career as a nurse. He received a diploma in nursing and went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in nursing from Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia. To continue his education, he earned a graduate certificate in health policy and administration, with an emphasis in hospital administration, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later received his master’s in public administration from the Cuttington University Graduate School and Professional Studies in Liberia.
“Anyone wishing to pursue a career in health care or public administration should be really passionate about serving. It helps to be passionate and keenly interested in organizing resources and meeting health care challenges throughout the world.”
This project was funded, in whole or in part, with federal funds from the National Cancer Institute contract number 75N91019D00024 Task Orders 75N91019F00130, 75N91020F00004, 75N91019F00129, 75N91019F00131, 75N91020F00005, 75N91019F00137 and/or  HHSN261201500003I Task Order HHSN261000033, HHSN261000043 and HHSN261000059.

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