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Board of Regents Profiles

Official Membership Roster

The National Library of Medicine Board of Regents meets three times a year. There are ten appointed members and nine ex officios. The following are the current appointed members with their dates of office.

Kristi Holmes, Ph.D.


Kristi Holmes, Ph.D

Kristi Holmes, Ph.D., is the current Chair of the Board of Regents.

Kristi Holmes, Ph.D. is the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center and Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health & Biomedical Informatics) and Medical Education at Northwestern University. She leverages collaboration and technology to empower community and capacity building for the library and beyond. Her research is focused on information standards and technology to support interoperability and discoverability in research information systems, including the development of computational and social architectures to support these goals. She is deeply committed to open science best practices and brings extensive experience with highly cooperative technical information projects on the local, national, and international level. Dr. Holmes directs the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement Program at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) and serves as an associate director of the institute.

She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State University.

James Cimino, M.D.


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Dr. James Cimino is a board-certified internist and clinical informatician who divides his time between clinical informatics research, building clinical information systems, teaching medical informatics and medicine, and caring for patients. In 2015, he became the inaugural Director of the Informatics Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His research areas have included desiderata for controlled terminologies, mobile and Web-based clinical information systems for clinicians and patients, a context-aware form of clinical decision support called “infobuttons”, and data warehouses supporting reuse of electronic health record data.

Dr. Cimino received his M.D. from New York Medical College in 1981.

Mitchell Katz, M.D.


Mitchell Katz, MD

Mitchell Katz, M.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal health care system in the United States, with 10 acute care hospitals, 5 skilled nursing facilities, dozens of community health centers, a home care agency and an insurance plan, MetroPlus Health. Since his appointment in 2018, the health system has significantly expanded access to health care, including the creation of NYC Care, a universal health access program that provides care to more than 80,000 uninsured New Yorkers. Previously, Dr. Katz served as Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, which combines the Departments of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health into a single entity to provide integrated care and programming within Los Angeles.

Dr. Katz received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency at UCSF Medical School and was an RWJ Clinical Scholar.

Jennie Lucca, MSW.


Jennie Lucca, MSW

Jennie Lucca, MSW is the Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Inn at NIH and is a seasoned human service professional with more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. She previously served as The Inn’s Chief Program and Services Officer, where she oversaw the daily management of resident services, family programs and facility operations. Her primary focus has primarily been developing and managing family support programs in community and health care settings.

Ms. Lucca has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in social work with a focus on Policy, Planning and Administration from The Catholic University of America.

Omolola Ogunyemi, Ph.D.


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Dr. Ogunyemi is a computer scientist and biomedical informatics researcher. She is a Professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in Los Angeles. She is also Director of the University's Center for Biomedical Informatics, which focuses on providing biomedical informatics solutions that benefit medically underserved communities. Her research interests include computerized medical decision support, reasoning under uncertainty, 3D graphics and visualization, machine learning and telehealth. Dr. Ogunyemi is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

She holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Barnard College, New York, and an M.S.E, and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nancy Smider, Ph.D.


Nancy Smider, PhD

Nancy Smider, PhD is the Director of Research Informatics at Epic Corporation. She focuses on Epic’s electronic health record system as an enabling and accelerating technology in support of the clinical research mission of organizations. Nancy earned her PhD in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She did her Post-Doctoral fellowship in health services research, after which she accepted a position as a Research Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine, where she continued her work as part of a multi-disciplinary team examining biopsychosocial models of health and disease.

Phillip Walker, MS, MLIS


Phillip Walker, MS, MLIS

Philip Walker, MS, MLIS, is the Director of the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center at Vanderbilt University. The Eskind Biomedical Library serves as the primary information resource for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He previously worked at Tulane University’s Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences. His research interests include the information needs and information seeking behavior of the health sciences community, biomedical and nursing informatics, knowledge translation, evidence-based practice, and information ecology. Dr. Walker is a 2017-2018 National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow.

Mr. Walker earned a master’s in library and information science from Louisiana State University and a master’s in health informatics from the University of Missouri. He is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Last Reviewed: July 11, 2023