Last week, we reported on Sally Rockey’s departure from NIH and the last of her blog postings on Rock Talk. Today, NIH director Francis Collins announced that Michael S. Lauer, M.D., will replace Rockey as Deputy Director for Extramural Research. According to Collins, Lauer “brings both research expertise and administrative skills to the job, as well as keen insights into the world of extramural research.”
Lauer has served in leadership roles and exhibited a strong commitment to health research throughout his career. He is a board-certified cardiologist and an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He is the current director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH and has held this position since 2009. Prior to arriving at NIH in 2007, Lauer served as the director of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Exercise Laboratory and was vice chair of the clinic’s institutional review board. He also served as co-director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit and director of clinical research in the clinic’s department of cardiology. Lauer also participates on various committees within PCORI, is actively involved in human subjects protection, and served as a contributing editor for the Journal of American Medical Association for seven years.
Read the full announcement to find out more about Lauer’s research interests, honors, and positions he’s held.