Executive Lookbook

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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    Scientific Director

    Robert S. Balaban, Ph.D.

    Building 10, Room 4-1581
    10 Center Drive, MSC 1458
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    (301) 496-2116
    balabanr@nhlbi.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • Ph.D., Duke University
    • B.S., University of Miami

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • He was appointed to Scientific Director of the Laboratory Research Program in 1999. He became the overall Scientific Director of the NHLBI intramural program in 2004. Dr. Balaban has been a Trustee and President of the Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 1994-1995; Trustee and President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 1995-1996; and Trustee and President of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 1999-2001.
    • He is also a member of The American Physiological Society, The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, The American Society for Cell Biology, and The Biophysical Society
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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    Clinical Director

    Richard Childs, M.D.

    10 Center Drive 10CRC/3-5330
    Bethesda, MD 20892
     

    (301) 451-7128
    childsr@nhlbi.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • B.S., Georgetown University
    • M.D. Georgetown University

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Serves in U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General
    • Deployed to Monrovia, Liberia in 2014-2015 as a member of the USPHS Ebola Crisis Response and served as Chief Medical Officer of the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) Team 2
    • As the NHLBI Clinical Director, developed and authored a $20 million strategic plan in 2012 to revitalize clinical research within the NHLBI intramural clinical research program
    • As Chief of the Section of Transplantation Immunotherapy, performed hundreds of experimental stem cell transplants and conducted bench-to-bedside studies that have shed scientific insight into cancer biology, leading to his recognition as an international authority in the field of tumor immunology and bone marrow transplantation.
    • Has published over 190 original scientific research papers in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Nature Medicine, and Nature
    • Was elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2009, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NIH Director’s Scientific Medal Award, the NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award and the United States Commissioned Corps’ Outstanding Service Medal and Distinguished Service Medal for research that has improved the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
    • First investigator to show metastatic kidney cancer and other solid tumors could be cured by transplanted allogenic immune cells mediating a graft-vs-tumor effect
    • Developed the first successful transplant regimen using human umbilical cord blood stem cells that cures >90% of patients with refractory severe aplastic anemia who lack an HLA matched donor
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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    Executive Officer

    Kate O'Sullivan M.B.A.

    Building 31, Room 5A48
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2490
    Bethesda, MD 20892
     

    (301) 496-2411
    osullivankb@mail.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • M.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
    • M.S., National Resource Strategy, National Defense University
    • B.S., Engineering Science, Trinity University

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Graduate of the NIH Executive Leadership Program
    • Recipient of two Meritorious Service Medals
    • Former member, Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records
    • Selected by Air Force’s Deputy Civil Engineer to chair a tiger team to transition real estate career fields into asset managers
    • Air Force representative of information technology needs for the Focused Logistics War (FLOW) game
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

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    Director

    Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

    Building 31, Room 4B09
    31 Center Drive, Room 4B09, MSC 2152
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    (301) 496-0844
    egreen@mail.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • M.D., Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis
    • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Prior Positions:

    • NHGRI Scientific Director (2002-2009)
    • Founding Director, NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (1997-2009)

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Co-authored over 350 scientific publications
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

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    Scientific Director

    Dan Kastner, M.D., Ph.D.

    Building 50, Room 5222
    50 South Drive, MSC 8002
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    (301) 402-2023
    kastnerd@mail.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • M.D., Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine
    • A.B., Princeton University

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Association of American Physicians
    • Recipient of NIH Director's Award, the Paul Klemperer Award of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Lee C. Howley Prize for Research in Arthritis from the National Arthritis Foundation, IAMS Mentoring Award, NHGRI Mentoring Award, 2018 Service to America Federal Employee of the Year Award
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

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    Clinical Director

    Dan Kastner, M.D., Ph.D. (Acting)

    Building 50, Room 5222
    50 South Drive, MSC 8002
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    (301) 402-2023
    kastnerd@mail.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • M.D., Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine
    • A.B., Princeton University

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Association of American Physicians
    • Recipient of NIH Director's Award, the Paul Klemperer Award of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Lee C. Howley Prize for Research in Arthritis from the National Arthritis Foundation, IAMS Mentoring Award, NHGRI Mentoring Award, 2018 Service to America Federal Employee of the Year Award
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

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    Executive Officer

    Ellen Rolfes, B.A., M.S.

    Building 31, Room 4B09
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2151
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    (301) 594-0626
    ellenr@mail.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • M.S., Human Resources, University of Maryland, University College, College Park
    • B.A., Human Resources, University of Maryland, University College, College Park

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Former Director, Office of Intramural Research, NHGRI
    • Former Deputy Executive Officer and Chief, Management Analysis and Workforce Development Branch, NHGRI
    • Former Chair, Presidential Management Fellows Program
    • Current Vice Chair, Administrative Training Committee
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

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    Director

    Richard Hodes, M.D.

    Building 31, Room 5C35
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    (301) 496-9265
    hodesr@mail.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • M.D., Harvard Medical School

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
    • Author of more than 250 research papers.
    • Touted as an influential scientist in the field of immunology.
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

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    Deputy Director

    Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

    Building 31, Room 5C35
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    (301) 496-0216
    bernardma2@mail.nih.gov

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    Education:

    • M.D., University of Pennsylvania
    • B.S., Bryn Mawr College

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Previously served as the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine and professor and chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
    • Held an appointment as associate chief of staff for geriatrics and extended care at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
    • Served as chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs and president of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

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    Scientific Director

    Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D.

    Building BRC, Room 04C225
    251 Bayview Boulevard
    Baltimore, MD 21224

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    Education:

    • M.D., University of Florence

    Professional Accomplishments:

    • Chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section at NIA and the Director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging.
    • Served as Associate Professor of Biology, Human Physiology and Statistics at the University of Florence.
    • Also served as Chief of Geriatric Rehabilitation at the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the Italian National Institute of Aging.

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