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Name Gorden, Phillip
Occupation After obtaining his M.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Phillip Gorden completed both his internship and residency at the Yale University School of Medicine. His interest in biomedical research led him to stay at Yale for one year as a U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Clinical Fellow in Metabolism (1964-1965) and a second year (1965-1966) as a PHS Research Fellow in Metabolism. In 1966, he enrolled in the PHS Commissioned Reserve Corps. Gorden joined the NIH as a Senior Investigator in the Clinical Endocrinology Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIADDK), forerunner of today's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Over the next eight years, Gorden investigated the biomedical aspects of a broad section of endocrine disorders. In 1974, he was named Senior Investigator in the Diabetes Branch of the NIADDK. He held the concurrent position of Clinical Director of NIADDK from 1974 to 1976. At that time he took a leave of absence to move to Switzerland for two years to serve as Visiting Professor at the Institute of Histology and Embryology at the Geneva School of Medicine. On his return to Bethesda, Gorden was named Chief of the Section on Clinical and Cellular Biology of the Diabetes Branch of NIADDK, a position he held up to the time and while Director. He was named Chief of the Diabetes Branch in 1983 when Jesse Roth stepped down. Mortimer Lipsett, director of NIDDK, unexpectedly died at the age of 64. Phillip Gorden, who by then had acquired widespread recognition in the field of endocrinology, was named Director of NIDDK. Under his leadership, NIDDK maintained active basic research programs in spite of fiscal constraints. A major clinical trial, the Diabetes Complications and Control Trial, led to improved treatment of the disease when it underlined the importance of strict control of glucose in delaying the onset of pathological effects of diabetes. In 1999, Gorden resigned and at the same time was appointed Chief of the Section on Clinical and Cellular Biology in the Diabetes Branch where he resumed research on disorders of the insulin receptor, insulin secretion, and severe insulin resistance.
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No Photos 28
Birthplace Baldwyn, MS
Born Dec. 22, 1934
Titles & honors Clinical Director, National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIADDK)
Visiting Professor, University of Geneva School of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
Chief, Diabetes Branch, NIADDK
Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Public Health Service Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal
Distinguished Alumnus Award and Medal, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Service Medal, Endocrine Society
Education Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1957
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, M.D. 1961

Associated Records

Image of 13.0021.055 - Invitation

13.0021.055 - Invitation

Single cardstock, light tan with red lettering and NIDDK logo at the bottom. Also envelope.

Image of 13.0021.080 - Invitation

13.0021.080 - Invitation

Double fold green cardstock with dark green lettering announcing 1996 NIH Day featuring Diabetes Research.

Image of 16.0001.010 - Invitation

16.0001.010 - Invitation

.01 Invitation .02 Program .01 Cream cardstock, tri-fold. .02 Cream cardstock booklet.

Image of United States Public Health Service - P.H.S. Navy Flag officers assigned to NIH

United States Public Health Service - P.H.S. Navy Flag officers assigned to NIH

Group of Public Health Service officers assigned to the National Institutes of Health. Overseen by the Surgeon General, the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is a diverse team of more than 6,500 highly qualified, public health professionals.

Image of Events at NIH - Commemorating the cure for pellagra

Events at NIH - Commemorating the cure for pellagra

Joseph Goldberg, Jr., Phillip Gordon, Jesse Roth and Ed Steers at the commeration of the cure for the disease pellagra at the NIH Clinical Center. In 1926 Goldberger found that a small amount of brewer's yeast prevented pellagra.

Image of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - Dr. Phillip Gorden

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - Dr. Phillip Gorden

Dr. Phillip Gorden demonstrating diabetes research in the laboratory.

Image of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIAMD Clinical Investigators

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIAMD Clinical Investigators

Clinicial investigators at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases.

Image of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK clinical investigators

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK clinical investigators

The National Institutes of Health clinical investigators program is operated from each Institute.

Image of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK Laboratories

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK Laboratories

The laboratories of the NIDDK have several color images. Included in this record are over 100 images from the 1980s.

Image of NIH Directors - Bernadine Healy Swearing-In Ceremony

NIH Directors - Bernadine Healy Swearing-In Ceremony

Dr. Bernadine Healy was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as the first woman director of NIH.

Image of NIH Campus Visits - Senator Howell Heflin visits NIH

NIH Campus Visits - Senator Howell Heflin visits NIH

Senator Howell Heflin (D. AL) visits the National Institutes of Health. He is accompanied by the dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Dr. James A. Pittman, Jr.

Image of NIH Portrait Unveilings - Bernadine Healy Portrait Unveiling

NIH Portrait Unveilings - Bernadine Healy Portrait Unveiling

Bernadine Healy was appointed as the first woman director of NIH in 1991 by George W. Bush. During her two years as director she presided over the development of a major intramural laboratory for human genomics and recruited the scientists for the Human Genome Project. Dr. Healy died in 2011.

Image of Events at NIH - Senator Dale Bumpers visit to NIH

Events at NIH - Senator Dale Bumpers visit to NIH

Senator Dale Bumpers (D. AR) visited the National Institutes of Health several times during his career. This visit shows Bumpers meeting with Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIAID and with NIH director James Wyngaarden and Dr. Ruth Kirschstein among others.