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Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS  
Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., is deputy director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In her role overseeing nearly $1 billion in aging research conducted and supported by the NIA, Dr. Salerno is particularly interested in research on Alzheimer’s disease, frailty, and the social and behavioral aspects of aging. She is the NIA’s senior geriatrician, focused specifically on issues related to the inclusion of older people in clinical trials and new models of geriatric care. Dr. Salerno also serves on several national committees concerned with quality of care in long-term care settings and with geriatric workforce issues. 

Prior to coming to the NIA in 2001, Dr. Salerno was chief consultant for geriatrics and extended care for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C., and associate clinical professor of healthcare sciences and of medicine at the George Washington University. Before that national VA appointment, she was associate chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she developed and implemented innovative approaches to geriatric primary care and coordinated geriatric training. 

Dr. Salerno also co-founded the Washington D.C. Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium, a collaboration of more than 160 educational and community organizations within the Baltimore-Washington region that generates educational opportunities for those serving the area’s aging. Earlier in her career, Dr. Salerno was a senior clinical investigator at the NIA, implementing clinical research protocols for the study of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and geriatric hypertension. 

Dr. Salerno earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1985 and a master’s of science degree in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1976. She also holds a certificate of added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.