NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NIA/
National Institute on Aging : Biographical Sketch of NIA Director
Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
Dr. Hodes was appointed NIA director on May 27, 1993. He was born on December 31, 1943,
in New York City. He received his B.A. from Yale University (summa cum laude) in 1965 and
his M.D. from Harvard Medical School (magna cum laude) in 1971.
His postgraduate training included an internship and residency at Massachusetts General
Hospital department of medicine. Before attending medical school, he was a research fellow
at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Prior to joining NIA, he was senior investigator and chief of the immune regulation
section at NCIs Experimental Immunology Branch.
Since 1982 Dr. Hodes has served as program coordinator for the U.S.-Japan Cooperative
Cancer Research Program, since 1992 on the scientific advisory board of the Cancer
Research Institute, since 1995 as a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. He
is an editor of several journals including the Journal of Experimental Medicine and
Therapeutic Immunology and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal
In 1997 he was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science. He received a PHS Commendation Medal in 1977, a PHS Outstanding Service Medal in
1988, and a PHS Distinguished Service Medal in 1996.
Directors of NIA