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Program Director

Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network


M.D. University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1998


Dr. Robb Rowley is an Internal Medicine Physician and is the Program Director for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network. The national Network combines DNA biorepositories with electronic medical record (EMR) systems for large scale, high-throughput genetic research in support of implementing genomic medicine.

Prior to starting at NHGRI, he spent thirteen years in private practice and hospital management, where he provided clinical assessments and medical care for adult diseases influenced by genetically influenced conditions to improve patient risk stratification and individualize treatments. Dr. Rowley previously served in the United States Air Force Surgeon General's Office in Washington D.C. as the Chief of Medical Bioinformatics and Genomics. During this time, he established genomic policy and conducted genomic research for the United States Air Force. Dr. Rowley has also been instrumental in establishing national and international plans and policies for incorporating genomics into biosurveillance systems and biotechnology for the Department of Defense (DoD) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Dr. Rowley has experience with managing multiple U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trials, along with presenting original research at international scientific and medical meetings.

Last updated: August 1, 2019