Alan Guttmacher, M.D., was appointed the NICHD Director on July 22, 2010, after assuming the duties of NICHD Acting Director on December 1, 2009. A pediatrician and medical geneticist, Dr. Guttmacher came to the NIH in 1999 to work at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), where he served in a number of roles, including Deputy Director from 2002 through 2010, and Acting Director from 2008 to November 30, 2009. In those roles, he oversaw that Institute's efforts to advance genome research, integrate that research into health care, and explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genomics.
Dr. Guttmacher received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1972 and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1981. After completing his internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Guttmacher earned a two-year National Research Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service as a fellow in medical genetics at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School.
He served as director of the Vermont Regional Genetics Center at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1987. While there, he launched a series of public health genetics programs, directed the Vermont Cancer Center's Familial Cancer Program and the Vermont Newborn Screening Program, and founded Vermont's only pediatric intensive care unit.
In 1999, he joined the NHGRI as Senior Clinical Advisor to the Director. In that role, Dr. Guttmacher established a dialogue with health professionals and the public about the health and societal implications of the Human Genome Project. He became Deputy Director of NHGRI in 2002. He previously served in volunteer leadership positions for several regional and national nonprofit organizations involved with reproductive health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine.