19 May NIH appoints Patricia Flatley Brennan director of the National Library of Medicine
Patricia Flatley Brennan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a former practicing nurse with a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, will take the lead as director at the National Library of Medicine.
The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide.
Brennan is expected to begin her new role in August 2016.
“Patti brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of homebound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” Collins said in a statement.
For seven years, Brennan worked in both critical care and psychiatric nursing.
As National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD sees it, Brennan’s combination of skills makes her ideally suited to lead the NLM in the era of precision medicine.