Clinical Center News
Spring 2018

NIH Clinical Center personnel updates

Clinical Research Training and Medical Education

Dr. Thomas Burklow has joined the NIH to lead the Medical Research Scholars Program, a year-long program that competitively selects about 40 medical, dental and veterinary students seeking future careers in biomedical research to join laboratories on the Bethesda campus to engage in basic, clinical or translational research.

Prior to NIH, Burklow served as a senior attending pediatric cardiologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he also served as Chief of Pediatrics. In addition to his duties with the Medical Research Scholars Program, he will continue to use his expertise and serve as a pediatric cardiologist for the Clinical Center's youngest patients.

Dr. Thomas Burklow
Dr. Thomas Burklow


In December 2017, Dr. Jeremy Davis was named Surgeon-in-Chief at the Clinical Center. Davis oversees all surgical activities, provides strategic planning for surgical care and works to improve surgical quality and safety protocols throughout the hospital. Each year at the Clinical Center, more than 2,200 operations are performed by over 40 senior surgical staff.

Davis will work with Clinical Center staff, including those in the Department of Perioperative Medicine, to ensure that NIH continues to provide the highest level surgical care to patients. During his first year, he will focus on centralizing surgical outcomes data, improving perioperative efficiency and providing risk-assessment for clinical research-related procedures. He is also a Surgical Oncologist in the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Jeremy Davis
Dr. Jeremy Davis


Dr. Gwenyth Wallen was named Chief Nurse of the Clinical Center Nursing Department in December 2017. Wallen has served as the interim chief nurse since late 2016. In this role, she is the hospital's senior nursing executive responsible for nursing practice, standards, policies and professional development of the more than 600 nurses practicing in the Clinical Center.

She provides national and global leadership within the clinical research enterprise. Wallen remains focused on developing this specialized nursing role and disseminating information, education and innovations on safety and quality nursing care delivery and clinical research practice. Wallen is a newly Tenured Senior Investigator and Chief of Nursing Research and Translational Science.

Dr. Gwenyth Wallen
Dr. Gwenyth Wallen

Laboratory Medicine

After a distinguished 35-year-career at the Clinical Center, Dr. Thomas Fleisher retired as Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the end of 2017. Fleisher was in charge of diagnostic testing for inpatient and outpatients that involved chemistry, hematology and microbiology testing. His department also provides phlebotomy services. He served as department head since 1998.

"Tom has been one of those very special people who really served as a pillar of the NIH community," said Dr. John Gallin, NIH's associate director for clinical research and chief scientific officer of the NIH Clinical Center. "He was a terrific pediatrician who always focused on the patient, a wonderful scientist and great leader of the Department of Laboratory Medicine. But his most special trait was caring genuinely about people and being such a good friend to so many. That's why we will miss him and why we all wish him the greatest happiness and success in his new adventure."

"Tom Fleisher has been one of the principle reasons why the NIH-Clinical Center is the superb facility that it is, and why so much clinical research can be successful here," said Dr. Henry Masur, Chief of the Clinical Center Critical Care Medicine Department. "Clinical research depends on accurate, state of the art end points that microbiology, chemistry, hematology, and immunology provide for research studies. Excellent care also depends on accurate, reliable and prompt clinical tests. Tom wants the Clinical Center to be the best at everything. He has recruited a fabulous team of physicians, scientists, technologists, and support staff without whom we could not do first class patient care or first class research. Tom has made all of this happen and had the wisdom to have a succession plan that assures continued excellence for years to come. He has been an unsung hero of the intramural program's success."

Effective January 2018, Dr. Karen Frank assumed the responsibilities of Acting Chief of the department.

Dr. Thomas Fleisher stands at a podium
Dr. Thomas Fleisher

Internal Medicine

In March 2018, Dr. Naomi O'Grady was appointment Chief of the Clinical Center's Internal Medicine Consult Service. O'Grady has served as a highly committed Attending Physician in the Clinical Center's Critical Care Medicine Department for the past 18-years. As chief, O'Grady will provide clinical and clinical research support service to NIH investigators and patients. Recently, Dr. Fred Gill and Dr. Penny Friedman retired from the Internal Medicine Consult Service. Dr. Schuyler Deming, provided interim oversight with the help of clinical research nurse practitioner Stacey Solin.

Dr. Naomi O'Grady
Dr. Naomi O'Grady

Karen Baker, Dr. Colleen Hadigan and Victoria Anderson stand in a hallway.
Dr. Daniel Kastner examining a patient at the NIH Clinical Center
A nurse provides Dr. Anthony Fauci a flu shot
Food allergy
NIH staff gather at a relay race at the NIH Clinical Center
Dr. Gilman speaks at a podium
Four people listen to a dietician speak about the Nutrition Department while a employee preps food
Prediction and probability maps from prostate cancer researchers
Dr. Francis Collins, Shawn Thomas and Dr. Jim Gilman stand on stage as Thomas holds a plaque
National Symphony Orchestra performance
Two men up close to the MRI magnet, outside
Dr. Christopher Pleyer, Dr. Kelly Stone and Dr. Robert Lembo stand in front of a screen that says Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award Winner. Stone holds a plaque
Artwork decorates stairwells
Dr. William Ward speaks at a podium and a screen behind him is a poster that says Immunohematology & Blood Transfusion, 27th Annual Symposium
Four students and a teacher hold an oversized check to benefits patients at the NIH Clinical Center
Senior leaders at NIH cut a ribbon opening two hospice suites at the Clinical Center
Laptop with stethoscope nearby
Patient Photography Studio
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH sties in a chair to the left. Barbra Streisand holds a microphone and sits in a chair to the right – speaks to the audience
Dr. James Gilman stands with Alba C. Murphy as they smile and hold a certificate
A paper cutout of a hand shape with a stick on the end. Text on the paper says I [heart] clean hands
Patient with Degos disease addresses symposium attendees
CDC and NIH representatives stand in a special isolation patient room at the NIH Clinical Center
Eight young men and women line up holding graduation certificates in Lipsett Auditorium
A four panel exhibit with photos, text and artifacts on NIH medical pioneers Christian Anfinsen and Michael Potter
NIH Clinical Center volunteer Chaoyang Wang
Woman with scientific cap on her head plays a touch game
Doctors at NIH speak in a lecture hall during Nurses Week
NIH Clinical Center doctor receives award
Children participate in Take Your Child to Work Day Hematology Lab
Leslie Wehrlen holds a plaque.
Sixteen women, graduates of the program and departmental leaders, gather for a photo
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Pius Aiyelawo swearing into the Senior Executive Service with Dr. Lawrence Tabak
Jackson Taylor (right) and his donor Sean McLaughlin (left)
Dr. Thomas Burklow
Two care providers look at a computer
Child reading a book
NIH employee, Ricky Day, trys the prototype device
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tours Clinical Center with CC CEO Dr. James K. Gilman
First Lady Melania Trump gets together with five children to pose for a picture
Patient and doctor
Harold Varmus, Robert Frasca, Mark Hatfield and John Gallin at the groundbreaking of the hospital's new addition
Black and White photo of the first meeting of the National Advisory Eye Council (13 men) gathering on steps
Jim Gilman at Town Hall in Masur Auditorium
NIH staff and volunteers participate at the Clinical Center line dancing event to raise heart health awareness
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar meets with patients, doctors at NIH
Martha Rinker, speaker from the non-profit National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), addresses the audience on Rare Disease Day Feb. 29, 2016, at the NIH Clinical Center.
Betsy Furlong inspects the UV Illuminator cassette.