Gary Gibbons

Gary Gibbons

Gary Gibbons

Power Words

Faith, passion, purpose, persistence toward a positive impact on the people who cross my life path.

Where were you born? 

Philadelphia, PA

What school did you attend? 

Princeton University, Harvard Medical School

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

Answered a call to public service with a scale of scientific and public health impact, not generally achievable in a typical academic setting.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

I am the Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. I oversee the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.

What message would you like to send to young Blacks who are considering going to college? 

I would encourage you to pursue mastery of your area of passion and live a life without limits. I have been inspired by my forebears -- my grandmother and mother -- women who were undaunted by perceived adversity and barriers.