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Office of the Clinical Director

The Office of the Clinical Director (OCD) provides oversight and guidance to NHGRI scientists working to develop better diagnostic methods, innovative therapeutic approaches and improved medical management strategies for genetic disorders. At the heart of the OCD mission is the challenge of finding new and better ways to help patients affected by genetic disorders.

Mission

To achieve its goals, the OCD focuses on the following areas:

  • Providing and overseeing expert clinical and administrative infrastructure and support for all NHGRI clinical research protocols, as well as basic science studies involving clinical specimens.
  • Assuming an active role in the development, implementation, and quality assurance of individual clinical research protocols and clinical research initiatives.
  • Establishing a presence for NHGRI within the leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, and helping to integrate the goals of NHGRI's clinical staff with those of the NIH Clinical Center.
  • Supporting NHGRI's training programs in Medical Genetics and Genomics and Genetic Counseling.
     

To promote a spirit of collegiality and help maintain standards of excellence in clinical care, the OCD holds a weekly conference to review the clinical history of each patient participating in NHGRI protocols. Each week, the OCD also hosts a formal Clinical Genetics Conference for the clinical staff, faculty and medical genetics fellows to discuss clinical cases or relevant genetics and genomics topics.

As part of its directive, the OCD is responsible for coordinating requests for genetic consults from clinicians at the NIH Clinical Center and addressing public inquiries regarding clinical issues. The OCD receives many such requests and refers people to resources such as genetic counselors, support groups, medical experts and patient information centers at the NIH and elsewhere.

Since 2008, the OCD has worked closely with the intramural NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP). The UDP has as its goal the diagnosis of patients whose disorders have long remained mysteries, and to advance medical science.

  • Mission

    To achieve its goals, the OCD focuses on the following areas:

    • Providing and overseeing expert clinical and administrative infrastructure and support for all NHGRI clinical research protocols, as well as basic science studies involving clinical specimens.
    • Assuming an active role in the development, implementation, and quality assurance of individual clinical research protocols and clinical research initiatives.
    • Establishing a presence for NHGRI within the leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, and helping to integrate the goals of NHGRI's clinical staff with those of the NIH Clinical Center.
    • Supporting NHGRI's training programs in Medical Genetics and Genomics and Genetic Counseling.
       

    To promote a spirit of collegiality and help maintain standards of excellence in clinical care, the OCD holds a weekly conference to review the clinical history of each patient participating in NHGRI protocols. Each week, the OCD also hosts a formal Clinical Genetics Conference for the clinical staff, faculty and medical genetics fellows to discuss clinical cases or relevant genetics and genomics topics.

    As part of its directive, the OCD is responsible for coordinating requests for genetic consults from clinicians at the NIH Clinical Center and addressing public inquiries regarding clinical issues. The OCD receives many such requests and refers people to resources such as genetic counselors, support groups, medical experts and patient information centers at the NIH and elsewhere.

    Since 2008, the OCD has worked closely with the intramural NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP). The UDP has as its goal the diagnosis of patients whose disorders have long remained mysteries, and to advance medical science.

Office Staff

Leadership

Ben Solomon
Benjamin Solomon, M.D.
  • Clinical Director
  • Office of the Clinical Director
Cynthia Tifft
Cynthia Tifft, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Deputy Clinical Director
  • Office of the Clinical Director

Investigators

David Adams
David Adams, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Senior Clinician
  • Office of the Clinical Director, NHGRI
Benjamin Berkman
Benjamin E. Berkman, J.D., M.P.H.
  • Deputy Director
  • NHGRI Bioethics Core
Sara Hull
Sara Chandros Hull, Ph.D.
  • Director
  • NHGRI Bioethics Core
Oleg Shchelochkov
Oleg A. Shchelochkov, M.D.
  • Director
  • Medical Genetics and Genomic Medicine Training Program

Adjunct Investigators

Manfred Boehm, M.D.
Manfred Boehm, M.D.
  • Senior Investigator Laboratory of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Research Nurses

Elizabeth GARABEDIAN
Elizabeth Garabedian, RN, MSLS
  • Research Nurse
  • Office of the Clinical Director
Andrea Ashton
Andrea Ashton
  • Research Nurse
  • Office of the Clinical DIrector

Fellows

Sho Yano
Sho T. Yano, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Clinical Fellow
  • Office of the Clinical Director

Last updated: July 18, 2022