Dear NHLBI Colleagues:
It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Arun Chockalingam has accepted the position of Director, Office of Global Health (OGH), NHLBI. We anticipate that he will assume his new duties in April 2010, after the completion of administrative clearances. Arun will bring a unique combination of experience in global health research, policy, training, and administration in addition to international professional leadership within the global health community.
Arun received his undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, India (1970); an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India (1978); a Ph.D. in Cardiac Physiology and Pharmacology from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1982); and completed his F.A.H.A. Fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention with the American Heart Association (1986) and F.A.C.C. Fellowship in Cardiology with the American College of Cardiology (1999). In addition, he has an extensive and varied career in cardiovascular epidemiology, prevention, government research administration, and global health. Arun served as Assistant Professor (1986-1991) and Associate Professor (1991) in the Division of Community Medicine at the Memorial University of Newfoundland; Senior Policy Advisor, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada (1991-2001); Associate Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2002-2005); and currently serves as Secretary General of the World Hypertension League (2005-present). He has held a number of academic positions including Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia (2002-2005) and Professor and Director of Global Health (2005-2009) and Director of Continuing Public Health Education at the Faculty of Health Sciences (2009-present) at the Simon Fraser University.
Arun has published over 150 papers and 11 book chapters, served as an Editorial Board member and reviewer for numerous journals and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hypertension Control (1994-1999) and Associate Editor of CVD Prevention (1992-1888). He has been a reviewer for research granting agencies, such as the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the NIH/NHLBI, and the European Commission. His accomplishments have been recognized via a number of international awards including the Canadian Deputy Minister of Health’s Recognition Award (1997), Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Harold Segal Award of Merit (1998), Canadian Institute of Health Research President’s Recognition Awards (2005), Blood Pressure Canada’s George Fodor Award (2007), and Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage’s Medal of Honor (2007).
I am delighted that Arun will be joining the NHLBI family and am looking forward to the leadership he will bring to the OGH. You will have an opportunity to work closely with Arun, whose office is charged with coordinating and facilitating the global health activities of the Institute, as you develop initiatives and programs specific to your interests and expertise where a global platform may be appropriate.
With best regards,