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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism : Biographical Sketch of NIAAA Director

Enoch Gordis, M.D.

Born on February 21, 1931, in New York, N.Y., Dr. Gordis received his B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1950 and his M.D. degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1954. He trained in internal medicine at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Following his residency, he spent 10 years at New York City’s Rockefeller University conducting research in the areas of lipid metabolism, toxicology of carbon tetrachloride, analytical biochemistry of drug stereoisomers, the metabolism of alcohol, and alcohol withdrawal.

Subsequently he founded the alcohol treatment program at the city hospital center at Elmhurst, N.Y., and was professor of clinical medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He directed Elmhurst’s alcoholism program from 1971 until his appointment as NIAAA director in November 1986.

Dr. Gordis’s memberships include the Institute of Medicine of NAS, the American Physiological Society, the American Federation for Clinical Research, Sigma Xi, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, fellow of the American College of Physicians, and the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Directors of NIAAA

NameDate of Birth Dates of Office
Morris E. ChafitzApr. 20, 1924 1972Sept. 1, 1975
Ernest P. NobleApr. 2, 1929February 1976April 1978
Loran Archer (Actg)Nov. 26, 1929April 1978
November 1981
January 1986
April 1979
July 1982
October 1986
John R. DeLucaJan. 23, 1944May 1979October 1981
William E. Mayer (Actg)Sept. 24, 1923 August 1982July 1983
Robert G. NivenJan. 23, 1944August 1983December 1985
Enoch GordisFeb. 21, 1931November 1986.........................


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