Gilbert Omenn

Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics and Public Health and Director of the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Omenn served as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from 1997 to 2002. He was Dean of the School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Washington, Seattle, from 1982 to 1997. His research interests include cancer proteomics, biomedical informatics, public health genetics, science-based risk analysis, and health policy. He was principal investigator of the beta-Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET) of preventive agents against lung cancer and heart disease; director of the Center for Health Promotion in Older Adults; and creator of a university-wide initiative on Public Health Genetics in Ethical, Legal, and Policy Context while at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He served as Associate Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget, in the Executive Office of the President in the Carter Administration. He is a longtime director of Amgen Inc. In 2006, he was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He served on the Health Policy and Science & Technology working groups for Barack Obama in 2008.

Dr. Omenn is the author of 473 research papers and scientific reviews and author/editor of 18 books. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of American Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. He chaired the presidential/congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management ("Omenn Commission"), served on the National Commission on the Environment, and chaired the NAS/NRC/IOM Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy.

He earned the B.A. at Princeton, M.D. at Harvard, and PhD in Genetics at the University of Washington. His internal medicine residency was at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is active in cultural and educational organizations, and is a musician and tennis player.