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Portrait of James K. Gilman
James K. Gilman, MD

Chief Executive Officer


NIH Clinical Center


BS, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
MS, United States Army War College
MD, Indiana University School of Medicine


Email: James.Gilman@nih.gov
Phone: 301-496-4114

Portrait of James K. Gilman
James K. Gilman, MD

Chief Executive Officer



BS, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
MS, United States Army War College
MD, Indiana University School of Medicine


Email: James.Gilman@nih.gov
Phone: 301-496-4114


Dr. James K. Gilman became the NIH Clinical Center's first chief executive officer in January 2017.


Dr. Gilman oversees day-to-day operations and management of the research hospital on NIH's Bethesda campus – one of the largest such facilities in the world. He guides the overall performance of the NIH Clinical Center, focusing particularly on setting a high bar for patient safety and quality of care, including the development of new hospital operations policies.

Dr. Gilman earned a degree in biological engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1974 and an MD at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1978. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.

He served 35 years in the U.S. Army, culminating as major general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland. He led several Army hospitals during his career — Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Walter Reed Health Care System, Washington, D.C.; and Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He also served as director of Health Policy and Services responsible for all aspects of professional activities and healthcare policy in the Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army Medical Command.

Following his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2013 as a major general, Dr. Gilman served as executive director of Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Institute in Baltimore.


  • Army Distinguished Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Expert Field Medical Badge
  • Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator
  • Member of the Order of Military Medical Merit

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