Collins appoints Gary H. Gibbons, M.D. to head NHLBI

Apr 06 2012 Published by under Diversity in Science, Underrepresented Groups

I've been seeing the Tweets about the recent appointment of Gary H. Gibbons, M.D. [Pubmed] to head the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute over the past day or so. I admit, I've been tempted to crack wise about the upcoming appointments of Charles B. Chimpanzee at NIAAA and Omar P. Orangutan at NIGMS and the like*. But for the most part, not being all that interested in pumps and airfilters and such, I was uninterested. Well, I finally read the Press Release. Morehouse School of Medicine, eh? Dare we hope?

We might indeed. The picture is from Dr. Gibbon's institutional web page from which we learn all sorts of interesting stuff.

Dr. Gibbons is a nationally recognized clinician-scientist who directs NIH-funded research in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. He has received numerous honors such as election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences as well as the receipt of more NIH research grant funding than 95% of all investigators. The innovations derived from his research have resulted in several US patents. Under the founding leadership of Dr. Gibbons, the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) has emerged as a center of excellence that is preeminent in discovery science related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations.

I reviewed his pedigree from theheart.org:

Gibbons obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Before joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1999, Gibbons was a faculty member at Stanford University, from 1990 to 1996, and Harvard Medical School, from 1996 to 1999.

Sounds pretty kickass to me. Good for NHLBI. Looks like they landed themselves a great scientist and doctor who happens to be AfricanAmerican and spent a stint at the first medical school established at a HBCU.

In the wake of the Ginther report, this is a very nice step forward. It was not something I had considered before as a response to the Ginther findings.

It can't help but contribute in a positive way.

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*for the dumbassery, obviously I didn't realize he was black, I was just cracking up at the name which would be not uncommon in children's books.

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