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Chief Medical Research Officer Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Bethesda, Maryland
Closing date
May 21, 2024

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Chief Medical Research Officer (CMRO), Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS). The CMRO offers an exciting opportunity to provide high level leadership, strategic planning, and detailed oversight and management for the entire extramural DCVS clinical portfolio in research on the causes, prevention, and treatment cardiovascular disease. DCVS assumes a major responsibility in supporting research to advance understanding of and interventions for promoting heart and vascular health across the lifespan. It also supports research aimed at preventing and treating pediatric and adult cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, and congenital heart disease.


The clinical trials research program in cardiovascular diseases has grown substantially. This mission-critical research area requires a special level of knowledge and active involvement of an experienced clinician with field knowledge of clinical research that involves patients receiving care and participating in research in outpatient, hospital, and critical care environments. This position requires exceptionally high levels of experience and skill regarding risk management and mitigations, as well as experience in the clinical care of those with cardiovascular disease.


The CMRO will be responsible for providing global oversight over clinical trials research management in the Division and contribute to the development of NHLBI-wide clinical research policies and processes with the NHLBI Office of Clinical Research and will have institute-wide leadership responsibility as a member of the NHLBI's clinical trials optimization and coordination team.


Specific skills, education and experiences candidates must possess include:

  • M.D. with background in cardiovascular disease (cardiology, or primary care or related field with clinical experience in caring for individuals with cardiovascular disease) Actively engaging in clinical research including the conduct of clinical trials and managing the regulatory, safety and data issues involved in those clinical trials Experience in applying quantitative and qualitative approaches or processes to programs to understand program success and threats (e.g. experience developing processes to program or systems of care to improve efficiency and ensure success/safety or with quality improvement at a health care institution) Significant experience with regulatory requirements in research including experience in research ethics and compliance requirements involved in human subjects research (e.g., Institutional Review Boards, Data and Safety Monitoring Boards, and FDA regulations and polices including the Investigational New Drug application process) High levels of experience and skill regarding clinical trials risk management and mitigations, as well as experience in the clinical care of those with cardiovascular diseases Experience in working with practitioners, patients and professional societies/advocacy groups in cardiovascular science communities Managing/supervising faculty or staff clinically and in research programs Speaking at or chairing major national or international meetings, committee, initiatives or symposia

If you are a current Federal title 5 employee, you must have one year of equivalent experience at the GS-14 level or above.  The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.


Applicants must submit the following documents to by May 23, 2023 for consideration:


  • Cover letter (not to exceed three pages) addressing: Your education, experiences and specific skills that align with the requirements necessary for the role of CMRO. The manner in which you are actively engaged in clinical research that is considered outstanding by peers in the field of clinical research evaluation Your experience leading others A Vision Statement of how you would approach this role How you have promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in your current and prior roles. Please also describe your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research



  • CV/ResumeTo be eligible for this position, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and indicate U.S. citizenship status on their resume



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For questions please contact Joanna Derksen Bare at


HHS, NIH, and NHLBI are equal opportunity employers dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.



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