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Army Vet James Gilman Named Chief Exec of NIH Clinical Research Center; Francis Collins Comments

James Gilman

The National Institutes of Health has appointed James Gilman, a retired U.S. Army major general, as the first CEO of NIH’s clinical research center in a move that takes effect January 2017.

NIH said Friday Gilman will oversee the 870,000-square-foot research center located inside NIH’s campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and guide the facility’s safety and care quality measures with the development of new hospital operations policies.

“Dr. Gilman is a cardiologist and highly decorated leader with rich experience in commanding the operations of numerous hospital systems,” said NIH Director Francis Collins.

Gilman previously served as commanding general of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick and director of health policy and services in the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army Medical Command.

His 35-year Army career also includes leadership roles at various Army hospitals such as Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Health Care System and Bassett Army Community Hospital.

Gilman retired from the Army in 2013 and joined the Hopkins Military & Veterans Institute in Baltimore as executive director until June.

Collins also announced that John Gallin, former director of the NIH clinical center, has taken a new role as associate director for clinical research and chief scientific officer of NIH.

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