Council of Councils Membership

Council of Councils Membership


James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D. (2020)
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and
Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI)
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health


All terms end October 31 of year in parenthesis unless otherwise noted.

Maria L. Acebal, J.D. (2022)
Board of Directors
Food Allergy Research Education (FARE)
Former CEO
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
McLean, Virginia

Maria Rosario G. Araneta, Ph.D., M.P.H.* (2023)
Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
Division of Epidemiology
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D. (2018)
Professor and Director
Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) Center
for Human Genetics
Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health     
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, Texas

Melissa Brown, M.D., M.N., M.B.A. (2018)
Professor of Ophthalmology
Thomas Jefferson University
President and CEO
Center for Value-Based Medicine
Flourtown, Pennsylvania

Jorge L. Contreras, J.D. (2018)
Professor of Law, College of Law
Adjunct Professor, Human Genetics
S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jonathan Epstein, M.D. (2018)
William Wikoff Smith Professor of Medicine
Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice Dean
Perelman School of Medicine at the University
of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rick Horwitz, Ph.D.* (2023)
Executive Director
Allen Institute for Cell Science
Seattle, Washington

University Professor and Harrison Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Department of Cell Biology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, Virginia

Patricia D. Hurn, Ph.D., R.N. (2022)
Professor and Dean of Nursing
School of Nursing 
Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and
Developmental Biology 
School of Literature, Science and the Arts
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

R. Paul Johnson, M.D. (2022)
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D.* (2023)
Ward Coleman Professor
Chair of the Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel   
Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics 
Director, Experimental Therapeutics Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A. (2022)
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gary A. Koretzky, M.D., Ph.D. (2023)
Vice Provost for Academic Integration 
Cornell University
Professor, Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

Michael D. Lairmore, D.V.M., Ph.D. (2023)
Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine
Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

Jian-Dong Li, M.D., Ph.D. (2022)
Professor and Director
Center for Inflammation, Immunity, and Infection
Institute for Biomedical Sciences
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia

Terry Magnuson, Ph.D. (2019)
Vice Chancellor for Research
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Edith P. Mitchell, M.D., FACP, FCPP (2022)
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology
Department of Medical Oncology
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
Associate Director, Diversity Affairs
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charles P. Mouton, M.D., M.S. (2022)
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
School of Medicine
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., M.Sc., M.A.S. (2023)
Professor and Associate Dean
University of California, San Francisco
Chief of Staff
San Francisco Veterans Healthcare System
San Francisco, California

John Postlethwait, Ph.D. (2018)
Professor of Biology
Institute of Neuroscience
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Jean E. Schaffer, M.D. (2023)
Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, Diabetes Research Center and Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Scout, Ph.D. (2022)
Vice President of Social Justice
The Torvus Group
Executive Director
Tellus Who
Beverly Hills, California

J. Leslie Winston, D.D.S., Ph.D. (2018)
Global Oral Care Professional & Scientific Relations and Clinical Operations
Mason Business Center
The Procter & Gamble Company
Mason, Ohio

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, M.P.H. (2018)
Executive Director
Children’s Environmental Health Network
Washington, District of Columbia

Gail Yokote, M.S. (2018)
Librarian, Emeritus
University Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, California


Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Franziska B. Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), DPCPSI,
Office of the Director (OD)
Bethesda, Maryland


(The heads of the DPCPSI offices serve as liaisons to the Council of Councils.)

Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D.
Acting Director
Office of Dietary Supplements, Office of Disease
Prevention (ODP), DPCPSI, OD

Janine A. Clayton, M.D.
Office of Research on Women's Health

Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D.
Office of AIDS Research, DPCPSI, OD

Franziska B. Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D.

David M. Murray, Ph.D.

Karen L. Parker, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Sexual and Gender Minorities Research Office

William T. Riley, Ph.D.
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research,

Elizabeth L. Wilder, Ph.D.
Office of Strategic Coordination, DPCPSI, OD

David R. Wilson, Ph.D.
Tribal Health Research Office

*Pending Approval


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