National Institute on Aging

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute — Chief Medical Research Officer, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

Chief Medical Research Officer
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Chief Medical Research Officer (CMRO), Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR). The CMRO offers an exciting opportunity to provide high-level leadership, strategic planning, and detailed oversight and management of the extramural DBDR clinical trial focused portfolio in classical hematological blood disorders. DBDR is a leader in research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of classical hematological blood diseases. DBDR assumes a major responsibility in ensuring the adequacy and safety of the nation’s blood supply. It also supports scientific advances in stem cell biology and new gene and cell-based therapies developed to repair and regenerate human tissues and organs.

The CMRO will be responsible for providing global oversight over clinical research management in the Division focused on ensuring the ethical and safe execution of DBDR-funded clinical research with the majority of focus on clinical trials and large observational cohort clinical studies. This oversight encompasses coordinating risk management evaluations and implementing and directing Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs), Observational Study Monitoring Boards, and Protocol Review Committees. The incumbent will advise the DBDR Division Director on best practices and approaches for identifying, assessing, and effectively managing a variety of risks including safety, financial, resources, and other variables. The CMRO will have programmatic oversight for staff managing the clinical trial components within the DBDR Branches. Currently, the DBDR manages a large portfolio of clinical trials that include trials run within the Bone and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network that is sponsored by NHLBI and NCI along with oversight of international and national investigator initiated led clinical trials focused in blood disorders. 

In this collaborative role, the CMRO will contribute to the development of NHLBI-wide clinical research policies and processes with the NHLBI Office of Clinical Research and will have institute-wide leadership responsibility as a member of the NHLBI’s clinical trials optimization and coordination team. 

Specific skills, education and experiences candidates must possess include:

  • M.D. with background in classical hematological blood disorders (hematology, or primary care or related field with extensive clinical experience in caring for individuals with classical hematological blood disorders)
  • Actively engaging in clinical research including the conduct of clinical trials and managing the regulatory, safety and data issues involved in those clinical trials 
  • Experience in applying quantitative and qualitative approaches or processes to programs to understand program success and threats (e.g. experience developing processes to program or systems of care to improve efficiency and ensure success/safety or with quality improvement at a health care institution)
  • Significant experience with regulatory requirements in research including experience in research ethics and compliance requirements involved in human subjects research (IRBs, FDA IND process)
  • High levels of experience and skill regarding risk management and mitigations, as well as experience in the clinical care of those with non-neoplastic blood diseases (bleeding/clotting, hemoglobinopathies, transfusion medicine) 
  • Experience in working with practitioners, patients and professional societies/advocacy groups in blood science communities
  • Managing/supervising faculty or staff clinically and in research programs
  • Speaking at or chairing major national or international meetings, committee, initiatives or symposia

If you are a current Federal title 5 employee, you must have one year of equivalent experience at the GS-14 level or above.

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

Applicants must submit the following documents to by May 17, 2023 for consideration:

  • Cover letter addressing the required specific skills and discussing how applicant is actively engaged in clinical research, has experience in leading others, and whose work in this area is considered by recognized experts or peers in the field of clinical research evaluation to be outstanding.
  • CV/Resume – To be eligible for this position, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and indicate U.S. citizenship status on their resume and indicate having an active medical license in the U.S.

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For questions please contact Ariel Herman at

HHS, NIH, and NHLBI are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.