Dr. M. Roy Wilson has been appointed
deputy director for strategic scientific
planning and program coordination
at the National Institute on Minority
Health and Health Disparities.
“Considering the magnitude of the NIMHD’s responsibilities for trans-NIH coordination, Dr. Wilson’s exceptional leadership will be quite valuable as the NIMHD seeks to strengthen its leadership role for minority health and health disparities research at NIH and create a more cohesive agency-wide program,” said NIMHD director Dr. John Ruffin.
“The timing couldn’t be better for me to join the NIMHD,” said Wilson. “Over the years, I have watched it blossom through its various evolutionary
stages, from its early beginnings as an office. It is an honor for me to join Dr. Ruffin and his team at this critical juncture in the transition
to an institute [and] to help advance the important work of the NIMHD and the NIH in the elimination of health disparities.”
Wilson is an ophthalmologist by training. He earned his B.S. from Allegheny College, an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of California,
Los Angeles, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. During his extensive academic career, Wilson
was chancellor of the University of Colorado,
Denver, and its Health Sciences Center in Aurora; president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock; and dean of the medical school and vice president at Creighton
University. Most recently, he chaired the board of trustees at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, serving as acting president
from 2010 to 2011.
Wilson is no stranger to NIMHD or NIH, having
served on the advisory councils of NCMHD and the former National Center for Research Resources, and more recently on the NIH director’s
working group on diversity in the biomedical
research workforce. During his term on the NCMHD council, he chaired the health disparities
strategic plan working group. Wilson also served on the executive committee of the NIH-funded Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study and chaired the data-monitoring and oversight committee of the NIH-funded Los Angeles Latino Eye Study.
Wilson’s appointment comes at a time when NIMHD is transitioning to an institute
with a burgeoning intramural research program and health disparities are gaining increased focus within the Department of Health and Human Services and nationally.