After spending half a year outside the public spotlight, former National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni, M.D., joined two prominent healthcare institutions this month. The Mayo Clinic announced that Zerhouni has joined the systems 29-member board of trustees, a group of representatives drawn from within and outside Mayo to govern the 18-hospital system based in Rochester, Minn. Last month, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine announced that Zerhouni rejoined the Baltimore institution as a senior adviser. Zerhouni spent much of his career at the school before his NIH tenure. Zerhouni was appointed NIH director by President George W. Bush in 2002 and left the high-visibility job in September 2008, timing his departure to happen just before the outcome of the presidential election. Zerhouni, a radiologist who was instrumental in creating the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering, publicly disagreed with Bushs prohibitions on federal embryonic stem-cell research. He was also NIH director during a time when researchers at the institutes came under far greater scrutiny for conflicts of interest. Zerhouni, 58, is a native of Algeria. Earlier this year he became a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2008, readers of Modern Physician voted Zerhouni the 29th most powerful physician executive in healthcare.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
Former NIH director Zerhouni to advise two groups
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