Dr. Gary Gibbons named new director of NHLBI

On April 5, Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., was named the new Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Gibbons is the founder and current director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is expected to start his new position in the summer of 2012.

“It is my sincere pleasure to welcome Dr. Gibbons to the National Institutes of Health team,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “His extraordinary scientific skills, tremendous energy and bold vision will be an asset to NHLBI and NIH.”

Dr. Gibbons will replace Dr. Susan Shurin, who has served as Acting Director of the Institute since 2009. Dr. Shurin will return to the Deputy Director position when Dr. Gibbons assumes leadership.

Gibbons, who is originally from Philadelphia, earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Gibbons was a member of the faculty at Stanford University, in Stanford, Calif., from 1990 until1996, and Harvard Medical School from 1996 until 1999.

Throughout his career, Gibbons has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences; selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Fellowship awardee; selection as a Pew Biomedical Scholar by the Pew Charitable Trusts; and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. Dr. Gibbons also serves on several editorial boards for journals in cardiovascular medicine, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the AHA.

For more information, see: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2012/nhlbi-05.htm.

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