Josephine Briggs

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Josephine Briggs, Director
Director Emeritus, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Josephine P. Briggs, MD, is a physician scientist with a long- term interest in strengthening the clinical research enterprise. She currently serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the leading journal for the field of nephrology. During approximately 20 years of service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) she served as Director of the Kidney, Urology and Hematology Division in the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) and then Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

During her time at the NIH, Dr. Briggs lead the establishment of a number of major programs including the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort study (CRIC) and the joint NIH – Veterans Administration – Department of Defense Pain Initiative. She was the interim founding director of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative® Cohort Program, now All of Us, a major patient-powered research network. She was also co-leader of the NIH Common Fund Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, a 10-year effort to conduct pragmatic clinical trials in partnership with clinical investigators and health care systems in the United States.

Dr. Briggs completed her residency training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, where she was also Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine and a fellow in clinical nephrology. She was Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine, before leaving Michigan to join the NIH.

MD, Harvard Medical School
AB in Biology, Harvard-Radcliffe College