Elias Zerhouni, MD

Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Professor Emeritus Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Johns  Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Dr. Zerhouni was most recently the President, Global Research & Development, and a  member of the Executive Committee for Sanofi from January 2011 to July 2018.


Dr. Zerhouni’s academic career was spent at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital  where he was professor of Radiology and Biomedical engineering and senior adviser for  Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served as Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of  Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of  the School of Medicine from 1996 to 2002 before his appointment as Director of the  National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008. In that position he oversaw the NIH’s 27  Institutes and Centers with more than 18,000 employees and a budget of $29.5 billion  (2008).


In November 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Zerhouni as one of the first  presidential U.S. science envoys. Dr. Zerhouni also served as senior fellow to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation from  2009 to 2010 and senior advisor to the CEO of Sanofi. Dr. Zerhouni has founded or co-founded five start-up companies, authored more than 200  publications and holds several patents. He has assumed positions on several Boards,  including most recently, the board of the Lasker Foundation, Research!America and the  NIH Foundation. He is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the  U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He received the prestigious Legion of Honor medal  from the French National Order in 2008, and was elected in 2010 as a member of the  French Academy of Medicine and appointed as Chair of Innovation at the College de  France in 2011.