James K. Gilman

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James K. Gilman
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Major General James K. Gilman
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Major general
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Major General James K. Gilman, a retired United States Army Major General and physician from Hymera, Indiana, was selected as the first chief executive officer of the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted to clinical research, in December 2016. He is expected to to assume this new position in January 2017.


Gilman is from Hymera, Indiana and after graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a degree in Biological Engineering in 1974 he went to Indiana University School of Medicine and received his MD in 1978.[1][2]

Military career[edit]

Following a medical internship and residency in internal medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), he served as the chief resident in medicine at BAMC. His next assignment was as the staff internist and chief, Internal Medicine Service, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Nurnberg, Germany. He then returned to BAMC where he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and serve as a staff cardiologist. In 1991, he completed a fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas. He then served as chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology and assistant chief of the Cardiology Service, Brooke Army Medical Center. From 1994 until 1997, he served as chief of Cardiology and Cardiology Fellowship Program director at BAMC. In 1995, he deployed to Haiti with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.[2]

Subsequent assignments include:

  1. Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas[2]
  2. Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Madigan Army Medical Center[2]
  3. Commander, Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska[2]
  4. Acting Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection, Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG)[2]
  5. Director, Health Policy and Services, OTSG[2]
  6. Commander, Walter Reed Health Care System[2]
  7. Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command[1][2]
  8. Commander, Brooke Army Medical Center[1][2]
  9. Commander, Great Plains Regional Medical Command, San Antonio, Texas[1][2]

He graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Following his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2013, Gilman was executive director of Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, until June 2016.

He is married with three daughters.

NIH Clinical Center CEO[edit]

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins announced Gilman's selection as the first chief executive officer of the NIH Clinical Center Dec. 9, 2016.[3]

Gilman will oversee the day-to-day operations and management of the 200-bed, 870,000-square-foot research center on NIH's Bethesda, Maryland, campus.[3]

In 2015, the NIH Clinical Center had about 6,000 inpatient admissions and 100,000 outpatient visits, all participants in clinical trials. Gilman will guide the performance of the Clinical Center, focusing on setting a high bar for patient safety and quality of care including the development of new hospital operation policies.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

His military decorations include: Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), the Army Staff Badge, and the Expert Field Medical Badge. He also received The Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Major General James K. Gilman New Commander of Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick". US Medicine. July 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Major General James K. Gilman Retires After 35 Years of Service". U.S. Army Public Affairs. January 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Major General James Gilman, M.D., tapped to lead NIH Clinical Center". NIH. December 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 

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