Management Team - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Management Team

Marc R. Blackman, M.D.

Associate Chief of Staff, Research Service

Dr. Marc Blackman joined the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center as the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS R&D) in June, 2007. His mission is to facilitate and expand the varied clinical, translational and laboratory based research and research training programs within the Medical Center, and with the VA?s academic partners, and to further develop his own research programs in neuroendocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, and gerontology/geriatrics.

Dr. Blackman currently serves as Assistant Dean for VA Research at Georgetown University, and as a member of the Executive and Steering Committees, and Co-Director of the Clinical Research Core, of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS), an NIH funded CTSA. Additionally, he continues his clinical, teaching and research activities, and contributes as a Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Medical Centers.

He is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism. While at Johns Hopkins, he employed clinical, translational and laboratory-based investigations to evaluate the effects of age-associated alterations in the growth hormone, gonadal and adrenal steroid axes on body composition, and endocrine-metabolic, cardiovascular, immunologic, musculoskeletal, and psychobehavioral functions in healthy and frail older persons.

From 1977 until 2001, Dr. Blackman was on the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he became a tenured Professor of Medicine, and served as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Program Director of the NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Throughout this period, he was also a Guest Researcher at the NIA?s Gerontology Research Center.

Dr. Blackman served as Chief, Endocrine Section, Division of Intramural Research, at the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), NIH, from April, 2001, until June, 2007. During this time, he conducted clinical, translational, and laboratory-based research, as well as training, related to the influences of diverse CAM modalities (natural products, mind-body) that might allay or attenuate the life ?stressors? of musculoskeletal frailty, chronic pain, and cancer, particularly as they affect the elderly, including those who are underserved.

Dr. Blackman is a member of numerous medical and scientific societies, and has served as a scientific consultant for various government, academic, industrial, and private organizations. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee for Endocrinology and Aging in the NIA?s Biology of Aging Program, and of the Executive Committee of the GCRC?s National Program Directors Association. Dr. Blackman currently serves as a sitting member of the NIA?s Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section. He is a frequent national and international lecturer, and consultant on various aspects of neuroendocrinology and aging. Dr. Blackman has received numerous teaching and academic awards, and has published 400 scientific journal articles, editorials, books, chapters, and abstracts.

A native of Boston, Dr. Blackman received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1968 from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He obtained his medical degree in 1972 from the New York University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He trained in Internal Medicine at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1972-1975. From 1975-1977, Dr. Blackman undertook clinical and research fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at NIDDK, NIH.

Marc R. Blackman, M.D.

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