"The globally recognized research and training supported by the NHLBI continues to advance biomedical knowledge in fields related to heart, lung, and blood diseases," Gibbons said. "I look forward to working with the institute staff and with the many researchers supported by the Institute to foster multi-disciplinary approaches to improve disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that will advance the health of all Americans."
NHLBI Director Dr. Gary H. Gibbons talks about women and heart disease on the red carpet at the 2013 Red Dress Collection Fashion Show in New York City.
Dr. Gary H. Gibbons discusses his new role as NHLBI director and his experience as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar.
Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, the next director of the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, hopes to diversify the biomedical workforce.
"It provides a superlative opportunity to provide leadership in conjunction with the stakeholders to really make an impact," said Gibbons in an interview with heartwire. "These are exciting times in discovery science, whether it's in laboratories, clinical studies, clinical trials, or in public health, and the NHLBI has this legacy of a balanced portfolio."
Gary Gibbons, a cardiologist and scientist at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, today was named director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Offered the top job at the NHLBI last year, Gary Gibbons '78 was attracted by the chance to steer an agency with a $3 billion budget for research on heart, lung, and blood disorders. But that wasn’t all. Gibbons, a cardiologist and scientist, also saw the position as an opportunity to address what he calls an "egregious" problem: a dearth of African-American scientists in biomedical research.
On 13 August, cardiologist Gary Gibbons became director of the $3 billion National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Gibbons, who turns 56 next week, comes to the third largest National Institutes of Health (NIH) component from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he founded a research center that studied cardiovascular disease in minorities. He previously was a faculty member at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School.
In this video, 1994 Pew Biomedical Scholar Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and 2012 Pew Biomedical Scholar Kathryn E. Wellen, Ph.D., a specialist in cancer metabolism and epigenetics from the University of Pennsylvania, discuss the impact that being a Pew Biomedical Scholar has had on their lives and careers.
NHLBI Director Dr. Gary Gibbons is interviewed about a genetic mutation that appears linked to low cholesterol levels. Drug companies are now trying to capitaliza on this genetic finding to produce a new cholesterol drug.