The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the selection of Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman as the chief executive officer of the NIH Clinical Center. He will begin in January 2017.

Maj. Gen. James Gilman (Photo:
Maj. Gen. James Gilman

“Dr. Gilman is a cardiologist and highly decorated leader with rich experience in commanding the operations of numerous hospital systems,” said Francis S. Collins, director of NIH. “His medical expertise and military leadership will serve the NIH Clinical Center well as it continues to strive for world-class patient care and research excellence.”

The Clinical Center is the nation’s largest hospital devoted to clinical research. As CEO, Gilman will oversee operations and management of the 200-bed research center, located on NIH’s Bethesda, Md., campus.

Gilman served 35 years in the U.S. Army, most recently as commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Fort Detrick, Md.  He also led Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Health Care System, and Bassett Army Community Hospital during his career.

Following his retirement from the Army in 2013, Gilman served as executive director of Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Institute in Baltimore until June 2016.

Gilman will replace the previous director, John Gallin, who has been leading the Clinical Center since 1994.

“I especially want to thank Dr. John Gallin who, after many years as clinical center director, has taken on the new role of NIH associate director for clinical research and chief scientific officer,” said Collins. “This critical position is essential to ensuring that NIH continue its record of extraordinary scientific accomplishments in a world-class research setting.”

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