FBR Board of Directors

Henry FriedmanHenry S. Friedman, MD – James P. Powell, Jr. professor of pediatric oncology, professor of neurosurgery, assistant professor of pathology, associate professor of medicine and professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine, chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Biomedical Research

Dr. Friedman is an academic adult and pediatric neuro-oncologist who helps to lead The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University. The author of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, Dr. Friedman’s laboratory work involves the study of adult and child central nervous system malignancies with athymic nude mice and rats.
James AllanJames S. Allan, MD, MBA – associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Biomedical Research

Dr. Allan is a thoracic surgeon whose clinical interests include the surgical management of benign and malignant diseases of the lungs and esophagus. His research interests involve transplantation tolerance and xenotransplantation as studied in large animal models.
Lenore CooneyLenore Cooney – communications consultant at LCooney Consulting

Ms. Cooney’s present and former consultancy practices have served the strategic communications needs of clients in health care, disease prevention, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and health advocacy in the U.S. and internationally. She has also managed educational and product marketing projects in health and medicine.
Atul GroverAtul Grover, MD, PhD – executive vice president, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

At AAMC, Dr. Grover provides strategic leadership in the areas of medical education, academic affairs, health care affairs, scientific affairs, learning and leadership programming, diversity and inclusion, public policy, and communications. Dr. Grover holds faculty appointments at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine, where he earned his MD, and at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he earned his PhD.
Joanne KurtzbergJoanne Kurtzberg, MD – chief scientific officer, Robertson Clinical and Translational Cell Therapy Program; Jerome S. Harris Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Kurtzberg expert in pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric blood and marrow transplantation, umbilical cord blood banking and transplantation, and novel applications of cord blood in the emerging fields of cellular therapies and regenerative medicine. She has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and scientific reviews.
John NeiderhuberJohn E. Niederhuber, MD – CEO, Inova Health System, Inova Translational Medicine Institute

As founder and leader of the ITMI, Dr. Niederhuber directs a program that integrates technical innovation, informatics, and sophisticated genomic analyses with the goal of managing disease risk and delivering excellence in individualized (personalized) healthcare, research, and education. He was formerly the director of the National Cancer Institute.
Arthur RubensteinArthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh – professor of medicine, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rubenstein is an endocrinologist recognized for clinical expertise and groundbreaking research in diabetes. He was previously dean of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Rubenstein has authored more than 350 publications, served in editorial advisory positions for academic journals, and chaired numerous national scientific and medical organizations.
Carol SchemanCarol Scheman, MSSA – independent non-profit organization management professional

As an independent consultant, Ms. Scheman has worked with the federal government, research universities, and scientific societies. She previously was vice president of the Association of American Universities and was the first woman appointed deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Oswald StewardOswald Steward, PhD – director, Reeve-Irvine Research Center for Spinal Cord Injury; senior associate dean for research; professor of neurobiology and behavior, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Dr. Steward is known for his research on how nerve cells create and maintain their connections with each other, and how these synapses are modified after injury. He has also conducted research on how genes influence nerve cell regeneration, growth and function, and how physiological activity affects nerve cell connections.
Mark W. Hamrick, PhD – George G. Weiss Research Professor; Graduate Program Director; and Regent’s Professor; Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Augusta University Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Hamrick’s research on bone health and fracture healing is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of the Army and the Office of Naval Research. He is Section Editor for Muscle & Bone at Current Osteoporosis Reports and has authored or co-authored more than 140 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hamrick previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of FBR’s partner organization, the National Association for Biomedical Research.
Carol SchemanSue VandeWoude, DVM – university distinguished professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology and director, One Health Institute, Colorado State University

Sue VandeWoude is a veterinary virologist recognized for her studies of feline retroviruses. She attained her BS from California Institute of Technology, completed her DVM at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship in comparative medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has served as president of ASLAP and ACLAM, chair of the NIH Veterinary Subcommittee of the Physician Scientist Workforce Report and AAVMC Research Committee, member of the AVMA Council of Research and veterinary virology councilor for ASV. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2019. VandeWoude is currently university distinguished professor and director of the One Health Institute at Colorado State University.

FBR Board of Advisors

Irv WeissmanIrv Weissman, MD – director, Ludwig Center for Stem Cell Research; Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research at Stanford University

Dr. Weissman is an expert in the fields of hematopoiesis, leukemia, and hematopoietic stem cells (HSC). His laboratory, the first to identify and isolate the blood-forming stem cell (HSC) from mice, is also distinguished for the discovery of the human HSC, a human brain-forming stem cell population, as well as skeletal muscle stem cells and an osteochondral stem cell in mice.
Andrew WarshawAndrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, FRCSEd – senior consultant, international and regional clinical relations, Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare; W. Gerald Austen professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; surgeon-in-chief, chairman, emeritus, Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital; director, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Dr. Warshaw is an eminent researcher and surgeon who has made important contributions in the study of pancreatic cancer. His bibliography lists 385 original reports as well as 250 book chapters, reviews, and monographs and 13 books. The editor-in-chief of the journal SURGERY. Dr. Warshaw has also served as president of numerous national scientific and medical organizations.
Claire PomeroyClaire Pomeroy, MD, MBA – president, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

At the Lasker Foundation, Dr. Pomeroy oversees the Lasker Awards program, as well as education and outreach initiatives with the mission of increasing support for biomedical research. An expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Pomeroy is a long-time advocate for public health and patients, especially those with HIV/AIDS. She serves on the boards of Becton Dickinson and Company, New York Academy of Medicine, Sierra Health Foundation and New York Blood Center and is a trustee for Morehouse School of Medicine.



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