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Gary H. Gibbons

Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

- Present


Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., is Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.

The NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Prior to being named director of the NHLBI, Gibbons served as a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC) from 2009-2012. He was also a member of the NHLBI Board of Extramural Experts (BEE), a working group of the NHLBAC.

Selected Publications

Conquering Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease - 50 Years of Progress.

Authors: Gibbons GH, Seidman CE, Topol EJ
33657686 2021 Mar 04;384(9):785-788

Obesity and Hypertension in the Time of COVID-19.

Authors: Rodgers GP, Gibbons GH
JAMA 2020 Sep 22;324(12):1163-1165

Accelerating the Science of SCD Therapies-Is a Cure Possible?

Authors: Benz EJ Jr., Mondoro TH, Gibbons GH
JAMA 2019 Aug 08;322(10):921-922

The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research-progress and promise.

Authors: Kiley JP, Twery MJ, Gibbons GH
Sleep 2019 Jun 11;42(6):

Generating evidence to inform an update of asthma clinical practice guidelines: Perspectives from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Authors: Mensah GA, Kiley JP, Gibbons GH
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Sep 01;142(3):744-748


Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammie)
Partnership for Public Service
Research Achievement Award
American Heart Association
Convocation speaker
Morehouse School of Medicine
"Fruits of Excellence" Award
Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Meharry-Vanderbilt Shockley Lectureship
Named one of America’s Leading Doctors
Black Enterprise Magazine
Santiago Ramón y Cajal Award for Outstanding Research
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Health Braintrust
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences elected member
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences
Daniel Savage Scientific Award
Association of Black Cardiologists
Morehouse School of Medicine Outstanding Mentor Award
Morehouse School of Medicine
Ernest E. Just Symposium Award
National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society Distinguished Scientist Award
International Society on Hypertension in Blacks Outstanding Scientist Award
Established Investigator Award
American Heart Association
Pew Biomedical Scholar
Pew Charitable Trusts
Baxter Foundation awardee
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Fellowship awardee
Magna Cum Laude graduate
Harvard Medical School
Kaiser Foundation/National Medical Fellowship Merit Award
Harvard Medical School
Henry Asbury Christian Award for Notable Scholarship
Harvard Medical School

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