It is my pleasure to welcome Donna DiMichele, M.D. as the new Deputy Director of our Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR). Dr. DiMichele is an internationally respected clinician-researcher with exceptional credentials in management, team-building, mentorship, and bioethics. An academic for 20 years, she comes to us from Weill Cornell Medical College, where she was a professor of pediatrics and public health as well as an ombudsman. She also directed the Regional Comprehensive Hemophilia Diagnostic and Treatment Center for over 10 years and served as an attending physician at several of New York City's top hospitals.
Specializing in hematology and rare bleeding disorders, Dr. DiMichele has conducted extensive research with both government and private industry funding, deftly organized clinical trials, directed several fellowship programs, and was a pioneer in raising awareness of a serious complication of hemophilia treatment. Her vast clinical expertise will allow her to identify areas in hematology that could benefit from translational research initiatives, and her expertise in medical ethics will be of great benefit as we develop and fund clinical studies and treatments.
Dr. DiMichele brings a clear vision for advancing patient care, the national health agenda, and academic medicine, including scientific initiatives specifically related to blood diseases and disorders. I look forward to seeing her enhance the DBDR's and the NHLBI's research programs and help implement our institute's strategic plan.