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Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine

Jerry Sheehan

Deputy Director

National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bldg. 38, Room 2N21
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894

(301) 594-7520 (voice)
(301) 496-4450 (fax)

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As Deputy Director, NLM, Jerry Sheehan shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. In addition, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Library and, in the absence of the Director, assumes full responsibility for all functions performed by the National Library of Medicine. Sheehan joined the National Library of Medicine as Assistant Director for Policy Development in September 2006. In this position, he was responsible for monitoring, evaluating and advising NLM officials on a broad range of science, technology, information and health policy issues that affect the Library. He also managed the trans-NIH BioMedical Informatics Coordinating Committee and served as a key link to a variety of communities in the public and private sectors that develop and implement such policies. From September 2015 to January 2017, Mr. Sheehan was on detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he served as Assistant Director for Scientific Data and Information and helped advance open science policies across the Federal Government.

Mr. Sheehan came to NLM from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he served as Principal Administrator and Senior Economist in the Science & Technology Policy Division from 2000 to 2006. In this role he managed a diverse portfolio of work on international science and innovation policy and conducted research on such topics as intellectual property rights, business innovation processes, service sector innovation and government R&D policy. He was also responsible for preparation of the biennial OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Sheehan held positions as a Senior Program Officer with the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council and as an Analyst in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. While at the National Research Council, Mr. Sheehan was the study director for two influential reports commissioned by NLM: For the Record: Protecting Electronic Health Information (1997), which served as a blueprint for the development of the HIPAA security regulations; and Networking Health: Prescriptions for the Internet (2000), which had an impact on HHS activities related to a nationwide health information network. He also contributed to studies of copyright and database protection in the digital age.

Mr. Sheehan has been actively involved in international government discussions about intellectual property rights, public access to the results of government-funded research and industry-science relationships. He serves as Chairman of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, Co-chair of the Interagency Working Group on Open Science, and Vice President of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information.  He previously served as Chair of CENDI (the Federal STI Managers group.  He holds BS (Electrical Engineering) and MS (Technology and Policy) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.