George A. Mensah, M.D., FAAC


Dr. George Mensah is an accomplished clinician-scientist who currently serves as a senior advisor in the Office of the Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also serves as Director of the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) and Acting Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences.  In these positions, Dr. Mensah leads a trans-NHLBI effort to advance late-stage translational research in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. Dr. Mensah’s primary focus is the application of T4 translation research and implementation science approaches to address gaps in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and the elimination of health inequities.  His goal is to maximize the population health impact of investments made in fundamental discovery science and pre-clinical or early-stage translational research in heart, lung, and blood diseases. Dr. Mensah trained in internal medicine and the subspecialty of cardiovascular diseases.  His professional experience includes 20 years of public service between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the NIH.  He has had management experience as a chief of cardiology; head of a clinical care department; and a past member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology as Governor for Public Health.