Biosketch of the NICHD Clinical Director

Catherine Gordon, M.D., M.S.

Catherine Gordon headshot.Dr. Gordon was appointed clinical director for NICHD in September 2023. Her goals include partnering with teams across NIH to launch new initiatives and mentoring the next generation of clinical/translational researchers. She has been actively involved in both clinical/translational research and scientific mentoring throughout her career.

Dr. Gordon is a pediatrician with training in both adolescent medicine and pediatric endocrinology with research experience in adolescent bone health, including identifying modifiable factors during adolescence that influence bone density and other aspects of health during the adult years. She also has an interest in reproductive endocrinology and ways to optimize the transition of health care. Disease models she has led group studies on include anorexia nervosa, primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), endometriosis, and inflammatory bowel disease, among others.

Dr. Gordon is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Elsevier journal Bone. She currently serves as the secretary/treasurer on the American Pediatric Society Council, and previously served on the NICHD Advisory Council, the International Society of Clinical Densitometry Board of Directors, and the Thrasher Research Fund Executive Committee.

Dr. Gordon earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Carolina State University, her medical degree in medical education from the University of North Carolina, and her master’s degree in clinical investigation from Harvard Medical School.

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