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Gilman Named Clinical Center CEO

Drs. Gilman and Gallin at meeting

Newly appointed Clinical Center CEO Dr. James Gilman (r) addresses the ACD gathering. When he begins at NIH this month, he’ll work closely with Dr. John Gallin (l), NIH associate director for clinical care and chief scientific officer.

Dr. James K. Gilman, a retired major general in the U.S. Army, has been named inaugural chief executive officer of the Clinical Center. He is a cardiologist and highly decorated leader with experience in commanding operations of numerous hospital systems. As CEO, he will oversee day-to-day operations and management of the CC, focusing on setting a high bar for patient safety and quality of care, including the development of new hospital operations policies.

“His medical expertise and military leadership will serve the Clinical Center well as it continues to strive for world-class patient care and research excellence,” said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who made the appointment.

Gilman served 35 years in the Army, most recently as commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Ft. Detrick, Md. He led several Army hospitals during his long career—Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Tex.; Walter Reed Health Care System, Washington, D.C.; and Bassett Army Community Hospital, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. He also served as director of health policy and services responsible for all aspects of professional activities and health care policy in the Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army Medical Command. Gilman has received numerous military awards and decorations, among them the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal.

He holds a bachelor of science in biological engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind., and received his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Brooke Army Medical Center, where he later became chief of cardiology and was responsible for training cardiology fellows. He is board-certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty in cardiovascular disease. Following his retirement from the Army in 2013, Gilman served as executive director of Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Institute in Baltimore until June 2016.

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