Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. was appointed the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President George W. Bush in May 2002 and served in that capacity until October 2008. Zerhouni led the nation"s medical research agency and oversaw NIH"s 27 institutes and centers, with more than 18,000 employees and a fiscal year 2008 budget of $29.5 billion. Prior to joining NIH, Zerhouni served as the executive vice dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, the Martin W. Donner Professor of Radiology, and a professor of biomedical engineering. Before that, he was vice dean for research at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Zerhouni, a world-renowned leader in the field of radiology and medicine, has spent his career providing clinical, scientific and administrative leadership. He is credited with developing imaging methods used for diagnosing cancer and cardiovascular diseases. During his tenure at NIH, he has initiated the agency's roadmap for medical research and enhanced its leadership structure. Dr. Zerhouni is the author of 212 publications and holds 8 patents.
This is the inaugural lecture in the Medicine, Research and Society Public Policy Issues Series, a joint project between the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.