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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

Lankford Named Top NIH Lawyer

David Lankford has been selected to be deputy associate general counsel and chief of the NIH branch of HHS’s Office of General Counsel, within the Public Health Division. He assumed this position formally on Sept. 15.

Lankford began working in OGC’s NIH branch in 1995 and has served as deputy NIH legal advisor since 2013. He has also served as acting NIH branch chief.

He has received the HHS Secretary’s Awards for Distinguished Service and for Meritorious Service, OGC’s Excellence in Legal Services Award, several NIH Director’s Awards and multiple NIH Merit Awards.

Lankford received his A.B. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to the Maryland Bar.

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