John Laws Decker Memorial Fund


The Dr. John Laws Decker Memorial Fund honors the late John Laws Decker, M.D., who began working at the NIH in 1965 and had a long career as Chief of Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch before serving as the NIH Clinical Center Director and Associate Director for Clinical Care from 1983 until his retirement in 1990.

Dr. Decker was an outstanding teacher who strived to connect scientific communications around the world in an effort to accelerate importantResearch. As part of the memorial, the NIH Fellows Committee nominates a presenter for the annual John Laws Decker Memorial Lecture at the Contemporary Clinical Medicine: Great Teachers Grand Rounds Program. This speaker also receives the Distinguished Clinical Teacher’s Award. The John Laws Decker Memorial Lecture is a fitting tribute to a recognized leader and teacher who was dedicated toEducation and to promotingResearch communication.

In June the Distinguished Clinical Teachers Award recipient presents at the annual John Laws Decker Memorial lecture. To view theseLectures please visit


Public-Sector Partners:

  • NIH Clinical Center

Private-Sector Partners:

  • Family of John Laws Decker*

*Provided financial or in-kind support for this program.

FNIH Contact

  • Please contact the Advancement Office for more information at [email protected] or 301-402-4976



  • Present the annual John Laws Decker Memorial Lecture and the Distinguished Clinical Teacher’s Award

Results & Accomplishments

Beginning in 2004, the Decker Memorial Fund has presented 15 John Laws Decker MemorialLectures. Learn about the 2017 Memorial Lecture here


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