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Howell Takes Board of Governors' Helm

By Dianne Needham

When Ed Howell entered the realm of hospital management he knew he'd found his niche. In a field, he says, "where no two days are alike" he finds himself challenged daily.

Howell, vice president and CEO at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville since 2002, assumes his duties this month as chair of the board of governors for the Clinical Center. He brings more than 25 years of hospital leadership to the role, having served in executive- and director-level capacities at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and the University of Minnesota Hospitals.

Ed Howell
The board is a 15-member group begun in 1996 to make recommendations on CC operations, including budget and strategic and operational planning.

"Ed Howell has vast experience in all aspects of hospital management that he will contribute to the board of governors," said NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. "He has great insight into strategic planning and implementation of strategic plans as they relate to hospitals." Howell also has experience overseeing the design and implementation of hospital information systems and in the construction and move into new hospitals. "In these areas he will provide invaluable assistance to the Clinical Center as we prepare to open the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center next year," said CC director Dr. John Gallin.

Howell sees the transition to the new clinical research facility at the top of the board's list of priorities. Long-term, he sees the legacy of NIH's intramural research program and how that program may bridge to the extramural world as major topics for the board.

"I have a basic belief that over the next decade we will enter the second golden age of medicine as we transition to the cellular and subcellular levels of disease diagnosis and treatment," he said. "NIH's intramural research program will clearly be part of this push."

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