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Senior Leadership



David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Acting Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research

Acting Chief, Clinical Investigations Branch

Acting Chief, Pain and Integrative Neuroscience Branch


Miroslav “Misha” Backonja, MD

Miroslav “Misha” Bačkonja, M.D.

Clinical Director, Division of Intramural Research

Supervisory Physician, Clinical Investigations Branch

Ginger Betson

Ginger Betson

Executive Officer, Office of the Director

Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D., M.A.

Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D., M.A.

Director, Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Medical Officer, Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Director, Division of Extramural Research

Mary Beth Kester, M.S.

Mary Beth Kester, M.S.

Director, Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation

Catherine Law, MTSC

Catherine Law, MTSC

Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison

Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

Director, Division of Extramural Activities