Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Joins the FNIH Board of Directors

North Bethesda, MD, January 2, 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) welcomes distinguished scientific leader Elias Zerhouni, M.D., as its latest member. The FNIH Board of Directors elected Dr. Zerhouni in May 17, 2018 and his appointment takes effect on January 1, 2019.

“We are so pleased to welcome Elias to the FNIH Board of Directors,” said Steven M. Paul, M.D., Chairman of the FNIH Board. “His breadth of experience — from his time in academia to the directorship NIH and to the private sector — will bring vital perspectives to the Board that can only bolster our efforts to advance biomedical innovation and discovery.”

Dr. Zerhouni is Professor Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University, and was most recently the President, Global Research & Development for Sanofi from January 2011 to July 2018. Dr. Zerhouni’s academic career was spent at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital where he was Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and Senior Adviser for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served as Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine from 1996 to 2002 before his appointment as Director of the National Institutes of Health by President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2008.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Zerhouni as one of the first presidential U.S. science envoys. Dr. Zerhouni also served as senior fellow to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2009 to 2010. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

“I am truly honored to help serve again the mission of the NIH as a member of the Board of the Foundation for the NIH,” said Dr. Zerhouni.

For more information about the FNIH Board of Directors, please visit fnih.org/about/directors.


About the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health creates and manages alliances with public and private institutions in support of the mission of the NIH, the world’s premier medical research agency. The Foundation, also known as the FNIH, works with its partners to accelerate biomedical research and strategies against diseases and health concerns in the United States and across the globe. The FNIH organizes and administers research projects; supports education and training of new researchers; organizes educational events and symposia; and administers a series of funds supporting a wide range of health issues. Established by Congress in 1990, the FNIH is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For additional information about the FNIH, please visit fnih.org.

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