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Previous Directors

The NHLBI has had 11 directors since its inception in 1948. The Institute has also been led by many acting directors who bridge the gaps between directors. We thank our past directors and acting directors for their years of service.

Click on any name below to read a brief biography.

Dr. Shurin

 Susan B. Shurin, M.D. (Acting Director)
 December 2009 - August 2012

Dr. Nabel

 Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D.
 February 2005 - October 2009

Dr. Lenfant

 Claude Lenfant, M.D.
 July 1982 - September 2003

Dr. Levy

 Robert I. Levy, M.D.
 September 1975 - June 1981

Dr. Cooper

 Theodore Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
 March 1968 - April 1974

Dr. Frederickson

 Donald S. Frederickson, M.D.
 November 1966 - March 1968

Dr. Grant

 Robert P. Grant, M.D.
 March 1966 - August 1966

Dr. Stewart

 William H. Stewart, M.D.
 August 1965 - September 1965

Dr. Knutti

 Ralph E. Knutti, M.D.
 September 1961 - July 1965

Dr. Watt

 James Watt, M.D., D.P.H.
 December 1952 - September 1961

Dr. Van Slyke

 Cassius James Van Slyke, M.D.
 August 1948 - November 1952

Last Updated: October 21, 2014