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Barbara Alving, MD Courtesy NIH

Barbara M. Alving, MD, resigned from her post as director of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in October 2011. She served at NCRR as acting director from March 2005 until she became director in April 2007. Louise E. Ramm, PhD, serves as acting director.

Prior to her service at NCRR, Dr. Alving was a research investigator in the Division of Blood and Blood Products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the NIH campus. She joined the Department of Hematology and Vascular Biology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in 1980 and became chief of the department in 1992. In 1996, she became the director of the Medical Oncology/Hematology Section at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, leaving the Army at the rank of colonel. She subsequently joined the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as the director of the extramural Division of Blood Diseases and Resources and, in 2001, accepted the post of NHLBI deputy director. She was the acting director of NHLBI from September 2003 until February 2005, during which time she also served as the director of the NHLBI-funded Women’s Health Initiative (2002–2006).

Dr. Alving earned her MD at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has been recognized with the American Society of Hematology award for outstanding service. She also received a Commendable Service Award from the FDA for her work on hypotensive agents in albumin products. She was honored with the U.S. Legion of Merit, awarded by the U.S. Army, for her work to improve the care of soldiers in combat.

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