Message from Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Director, NHLBI
I am delighted to announce that Dr. Michael S. Lauer has been tentatively selected for the position of Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) extramural Division of Prevention and Population Sciences to provide leadership for the Institute's national program for population- and clinic-based research on the causes, prevention, and clinical care of cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases. We anticipate that Dr. Lauer will be joining us on July 1 pending the appropriate approvals.
Dr. Lauer is currently Director of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Exercise Laboratory, Vice Chair of the Clinic's Institutional Review Board, and a Contributing Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association; he has served as Co-Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit and Director of Clinical Research in the Clinic's Department of Cardiology. Mike has an exceptionally strong background in cardiovascular epidemiology and medical research and in leadership of the cardiovascular community. He earned his B.S. degree summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biology in 1983 and his M.D. magna cum laude from Albany Medical College in 1985. Following internal medical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, he completed a clinical fellowship in cardiology at the Boston Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His further training in epidemiology included a research fellowship at the Framingham Heart Study, Boston University; the Program in Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University; and a Josiah Macy Scholar in Physician Education in the Program for Physician Educators, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Lauer is an Elected Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, and has been elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He has served as Chairman of the Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Prevention Committee of the American Heart Association's Council of Clinical Cardiology, and has received numerous awards in recognition of his scientific and teaching accomplishments.
Dr. Lauer's knowledge, experience, and leadership skills will be a tremendous asset to the Institute and the constituencies we serve, and he is looking forward to working with our many partners.