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New Associate Director for Specialized Information Services Announced

Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., Director of the National Library of Medicine has issued the following announcement:

I am pleased to announce that effective Sunday, October 14, 2007, Steven Phillips, M.D., will become the Associate Director for Specialized Information Services (SIS). As you well know, Dr. Phillips is former NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education and also former Acting Associate Director for SIS. Dr. Phillips was previously a member of the NLM Board of Regents, and he served as the Chair in 1997. Over the past eight months, Dr. Phillips has served as a consultant to NLM, providing expertise in support of NLM’s initial efforts to define the requirements for the development of a Disaster Information Management Research Center, a high priority initiative recommended in the NLM Long Range Plan for 2006-2016. Dr. Phillips’ expertise and experience in medical research, clinical practice, organization leadership, and disaster management combined with his direct experience with the NLM provides a unique combination of talent for leading and managing an important Division of NLM. Dr. Phillips will be working collaboratively with the NLM senior leadership team, NIH, other HHS and government agencies, academia and industry to develop the NLM disaster health information and research agenda as well as leading the Division of Specialized Information Services. Dr. Phillips will also be the Chair of the NLM Disaster Information Management Coordinating Committee. Please join me in welcoming him back to the NLM senior leadership team.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Martha Szczur for her outstanding service as the Acting Associate Director for SIS during this interim period. Ms. Szczur performed exceptionally well, providing the high quality leadership, management, and continuity required during this time of transition.

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