NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NLM/
National Library of Medicine: Biographical Sketch of NLM Director
Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.
Dr. Lindberg assumed the directorship of NLM in August 1984. Born September 21, 1933,
in Brooklyn, N.Y., he received his A.B. degree (magna cum laude) from Amherst College and
his M.D. degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He
received his specialty training in anatomic and clinical pathology at
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He also holds honorary degrees from
Amherst College, State University of New York, and the University of Missouri.
Following early research in experimental pathology, he later began a long-term
investigation of the use of computers in medicine, founding in 1963 one of the Nation's
first medical computer centers at the University of Missouri. His most recent research has
been in applying artificial intelligence techniques to the development of expert
Prior to joining the Library, Dr. Lindberg was director of the Information Science
Group and professor of pathology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in
Columbia. He taught pathology at Missouri from 1962 until his present appointment. He also
served as chairman of the department of information science at the universitys
School of Library and Information Science.
Dr. Lindberg has published extensively in the fields of pathology and medical
information. He is the author of two books--The Computer and Medical Care (1968)
and The Growth of Medical Information Systems in the United States.
From 1992 to 1995 he served in the concurrent position of director of the National
Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications, Executive Office of
Directors of NLM