Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S.
Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer
Institute of Medicine
Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive
Officer of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. As
executive officer, Dr. Salerno is the executive director and chief
operating officer of the Institute. She is responsible for managing the
IOM’s research programs and guiding the Institute’s work on a daily
Prior to coming to the IOM, Dr. Salerno was Deputy Director of the
National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She oversaw over $1
billion in aging research conducted and supported annually by the
Institute, including research on Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative
diseases, frailty and function in late life, and the social, behavioral
and demographic aspects of aging. As the NIA’s senior geriatrician, Dr.
Salerno was vitally interested in improving the health and well-being
of older persons, and designed public-private initiatives to address
aging stereotypes, novel approaches to support training of new
investigators in aging, and award-winning programs to communicate health
and research advances to the public. Dr. Salerno also served on
numerous boards and national committees concerned with health care
issues ranging from the quality of care in long-term care to the future
of the geriatric workforce.
Before joining the NIA in 2001, Dr. Salerno directed the continuum of
Geriatrics and Extended Care programs across the country for the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C. While at the VA,
she launched widely recognized national initiatives for pain management
and improving end-of-life care. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Salerno
was Associate Chief of Staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington,
D.C. where she developed and implemented innovative approaches to
geriatric primary care and coordinated area-wide geriatric medicine
training. Dr. Salerno also cofounded the Washington D.C. Area Geriatric
Education Center Consortium, a collaboration of more than 160
educational and community organizations within the Baltimore-Washington
region. The consortium generates educational opportunities for
professionals serving the aging. Earlier in her career, Dr. Salerno was a
Senior Clinical Investigator at the NIA, implementing clinical research
protocols for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and hypertension.