Michael Lauer, M.D., is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He received education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Albany Medical College, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, and the NHLBI’s Framingham Heart Study. A board-certified cardiologist, he spent 14 years at Cleveland Clinic as Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. From 2007 to 2015 he served as a Division Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He has received numerous awards including the NIH Equal Employment Opportunity Award of the Year and the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Exceptional Federal Service.