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susan shurin

Dr. Susan B. Shurin

Acting Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Susan B. Shurin, M.D., is acting director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She oversees the planning and implementation of the Recovery Act at the NHLBI as well as a national research portfolio with an annual budget of approximately $3.0 billion to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart, lung, and blood diseases. Her primary research interests include laboratory aspects of neutrophil function, and clinical research in pediatric hematology-oncology, including management of childhood leukemias and solid tumors, non-malignant hematology, stem cell transplant, and ethical aspects of research involving children.

Off campus, Dr. Shurin enjoys gardening; theater and musical events; travel; and spending time with her family, including her son’s in-laws in Columbia. She also recently completed renovating her Washington home, built by her grandmother’s sister in 1947.


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keith hoots

W. Keith Hoots, M.D., is director of the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His primary clinical and research interests include: AIDS risk reduction and HIV in children; pediatric hemophilia; education and training; and hemostasis and thrombosis. In particular, his research has focused on hemophilia and disseminated intravascular coagulation.

Off campus, Dr. Hoots’ interests include sports and the arts: an ideal fall weekend would include the NFL and the Metropolitan Opera or Broadway. Recently, he spent a six-month sabbatical in Leuven, Belgium.



james kiler

James P. Kiley, Ph.D., is director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His primary research interests include obstructive and interstitial lung diseases and sleep.

Off campus, Dr. Kiley enjoys spending time with his family, boating, fishing and skiing. Dr. Kiley is a certified U.S. Soccer Federation referee, covering local youth and high school games.



michael lauer

Michael Lauer, M.D., is the director of the Divisions of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Lauer’s primary research interests include cardiovascular clinical epidemiology and comparative effectiveness with a focus on diagnostic testing. He also has longstanding interests in medical editing—for seven years he was a Contributing Editor for JAMA—and human subjects protection."

Dr. Lauer commutes weekly to and from his home in Cleveland, Ohio so when he is off campus, he most enjoys being at home with his wife, Dr. Robin Avery, and his two highschool sons. Dr. Lauer is active in his synagogue community, regularly leading services and learning Torah and Talmud. He is also an amateur historian and has lectured on occasion on a number of topics.



carl roth

Carl Roth., Ph.D., LL.M., is director of the Office of Science and Technology and Associate Director for Scientific Program Operation at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Roth is involved in the planning, coordination, and evaluation of the Institute’s scientific programs in heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases, and oversees the development and implementation of scientific management.

Dr. Roth has become an avid listener of recorded books, from fiction, to biographies to histories, to help him through his daily commute to and from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and his long runs around the harbor on weekends.

Though no longer aspiring to marathon distances, he has had recent success in shorter races, notably in winning Thanksgiving Turkey Trots (and turkeys) in his (somewhat advanced) age group.















Last Updated September 4, 2009


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