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NLM Names Dr. Olivier Bodenreider as Acting Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

October 31, 2018

Dr. Olivier Bodenreider

NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Olivier Bodenreider, MD, PhD, as Acting Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), effective November 1, 2018.

Dr. Bodenreider currently serves as Chief of the Cognitive Science Branch and the Acting Chief of the High-Performance Computing and Communications Branch of the LHNCBC. He is highly regarded senior scientist at NLM and a designated principal investigator within the NIH intramural research program. Dr. Bodenreider’s work has facilitated the use of standard drug terminology both in both informatics research and electronic health record systems. He received the NLM Board of Regents Award for Scholarship or Technical Achievement, “In recognition of his exceptional leadership in the dissemination of NLM drug information sources through graphical and programming interfaces.”

“NLM is fortunate to have engaged Dr. Bodenreider in this role, as he is a well-respected scientist with a strong program of research in biomedical informatics. As a branch chief, he has developed a principled approach to decision-making and engendered the respect of his peers and colleagues,” said Dr. Brennan. “His strong understanding of the activities of all the branches of the LHNCBC will enhance his ability make important contributions to the future of LHNCBC and to the implementation of NLM’s Strategic Plan,” Brennan added.

Dr. Bodenreider received a M.D. degree from the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Medical Informatics from the Henri Poincaré University of Nancy, France in 1993. Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Bodenreider was assistant professor for Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Nancy, France, Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

As Acting Director, Dr. Bodenreider will work closely with Milton Corn, MD, Deputy Director for Research and Education, NLM and Acting Scientific Director, LHNCBC; and Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director of NLM.


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Last Reviewed: November 1, 2018