Clinical Center News
Winter 2020

NIH Blood Bank donors - making a difference

A gathering of NIH staff and blood and platelet donors
On Dec. 12, the staff of the NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane held a Donor Appreciation Open House in honor of the platelet and blood donors that support our Clinical Center patients. In 2019, blood and platelet donors from the surrounding community made 2,000 platelet donations through the NIH Apheresis Donor Program supporting approximately 3,100 transfusions for Clinical Center patients. More than 3,800 red blood cell transfusions also took place at the Clinical Center which the Donor Center at Fishers Lane supported through the collection of Double Red Cell (DRCA) blood donations. Without these dedicated volunteers much of the lifesaving work of the NIH would not be possible. Please consider joining our family of donors! Do Something Amazing, Help Save a Life! Call the Donor Center at 301-496-4321, email or visit
NIH patient stands with care providers
Six years ago, Aaron was diagnosed with a rare disease causing his immune system to function improperly, resulting in multiple severe respiratory infections. At the NIH Clinical Center, America's research hospital, Aaron received a stem cell transplant to replace his diseased cells with normal cells that can fight off infections. Following the transplant, Aaron experienced complications leading to episodes of continuous bleeding. To save his life, he needed multiple transfusions of red blood cells and platelets, sometimes up to 3 platelet transfusions in one day! During this period, he received a total of 153 platelet transfusions. Now, Aaron has returned home to South Carolina and has not had any more infections. He visited the NIH Clinical Center in September 2019, as seen above with Department of Transfusion Medicine fellows. Aaron says he is very grateful for the generosity of all the wonderful blood donors at NIH. Every day, there are many patients at NIH just like Aaron who need platelets. Without the initiative and generosity of platelet donors, NIH would not be able to support the treatment of patients like Aaron.
All patients, visitors and staff are screened for Covid-19 when they enter the hospital
People working on sewing blankets
Janet Logan
Group of people celebrating Bill Cervenka's 400th platelets donation
Dr. Marta Čeko
The NIH Clinical Center Nutrition Department's new biodegradable cups and plates
NIH Clinical Center staff member
Dr Kadri receives 2018 Science Award
weight, scale and an exercise ball
Dr. Huy Michael
Noah Victoria speaking
Jim Gilman, CC CEO
Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, Mihaljevic is Laura Lee, and Dr. James K. Gilman
Dr. Douglas Rosing
Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Emily Chew and Dr. Jim Gilman
NIH Clinical Center Atrium
Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey - your opinion counts!
David Henderson
A gathering of NIH staff and blood and platelet donors
Dr. James Gilman and Stanley Hess
Lunch and Learn
2019-2020 Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Course now open
mother with a child playing with a toy
Ingrid Harris, Mitzi Kosciulek and Richard Appling pose with two Marines during NIH's 8th Annual Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 12
Dr. Curtis Longlotz speaks at a podium
Tricia Coffey, chief of the Health Information Management department participated as torchbearers
Program graduates pose for a group photo
Rabbi David Shneyer (right) shared songs of healing from the Jewish tradition
NIH Social Media team livestreams the winners on Twitter
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NIH Clinical Center releases Strategic Plan
Mary Sparks receiving a flu shot
wristband with ALLERGY on it
Awardees Elise Ferré, Maureen McDonnell, Ruth Parker and Dr. Douglas Rosing
Language Interpreters Program staff
Dr. Harvey Klein
Julianna Nickel playing the flute
CC Research Nursing Department trains University of Guam Nursing students and Faculty
Dr. Francis Collins, Thu Cao and Dr. Jim Gilman
Dr. Jo Shapiro
Jim Howson
Screen capture of Meet Our Doctors, a new feature of the NIH Clinical Center website
Dr. James Gilman, NIH Clinical Center CEO, addresses staff clinicians
Michael Murphy at a podium
Nurses working on a pedigree diagram within a patient's medical record
nurse kneeling beside a pediatric patient
people gathered around computers
Patient standing with care providers
The metabolic kitchen staff creating precisely measured ultra-processed and unprocessed meals for study participants
Attendees of the Open Notes session gathered together