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NHLBI Director Named

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Gary H. Gibbons, MD, has been named as the new director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He joins the NHLBI from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he was chairperson of the Department of Physiology, professor of physiology and medicine, and founder and director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Since 2009, he has served as a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC). He has also been a member of the NHLBI Board of Extramural Experts and, since 1997, has received 15 NHLBI-supported grants.

At the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Morehouse, Dr. Gibbons’ research focused on vascular biology, genomic medicine, and the pathogenesis of vascular disease in minority populations. He will continue to direct a laboratory in his new post at the NIH, focusing on predictive health and genomic medicine in minority populations.

Dr. Gibbons completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and earned his MD at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He completed residency and cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He served on the faculty at Stanford University from 1990 until 1996, and at HMS from 1996 until joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1999. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and has received numerous honors for his work, including a RobertWood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Fellowship, selection as a Pew Biomedical Scholar by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (AHA).

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