Marie A. Bernard, M.D., became the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging October 12, 2008. She was formerly the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and Professor and Chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She served as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has been President of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs and President of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Dr. Bernard’s research interests include nutrition and function in aging populations, with particular emphasis upon ethnic minorities. She has had a long-standing interest in comparative effectiveness research, having served as a reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research (now Agency for Health Research Quality) and a reviewer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Scientific Review Committee, Health Services Research and Development Service. Dr. Bernard has also served on the Health Services Research & Development Steering Committee on Racial Variations in VA Health Care, and the VA Advisory Committee for Multicultural Studies in Health Care.
She was a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Aging, having chaired the Minority Task Force during her tenure. She has also served on the following national committees: Member, Institute of Medicine Committee, The Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans; Chair, National Research Advisory Council, Department of Veterans Affairs; Board of Directors, American Geriatrics Society; Board of Directors, Alliance for Aging Research; Board of Directors, International Longevity Center; Editorial Board, Journal of Gerontology – Medical Sciences; Editorial Board, The Gerontologist. She is past chair of the Clinical Medicine Section (now Health Sciences Section) of the Gerontological Society of America.
Dr. Bernard received her undergraduate training at Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated cum laude with Honors in Chemistry. She earned her M.D. from University of Pennsylvania. She trained in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where she also served as chief resident. She has received additional training through the AAMC Health Services Research Institute, the Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania, and the Wharton School Executive Development program.