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Title: Health Scientist Administrator
Office(s): Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG)
Phone Number: 301-496-6761
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Marcel Salive, MD, MPH, joined the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, and administers the research portfolio on comorbidity (multiple chronic conditions) treatment and prevention, polypharmacy and some aspects of comparative effectiveness. 

He earned chemistry and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his preventive medicine residency and a master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins University. From 1990-1995, he was a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography and Biometry in the NIA intramural program. 

Subsequently he has held leadership positions in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the Food and Drug Administration.  From 2003-2010, he served as Director of the Division of Medical and Surgical Services within the Coverage and Analysis Group of CMS and was responsible for developing and maintaining national coverage decisions for Medicare beneficiaries using a rigorous and open evidence-based process. His work in developing Medicare coverage of new and innovative services was recognized with the PHS Meritorious Service Medal in 2010. He has developed and led research initiatives in several areas including outcomes research, Alzheimer disease etiology, vaccine safety, and translation of clinical research into primary care practice. He is a Captain in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and serves on the PHS-2 rapid deployment force.

Research Interests/Portfolio

  • Multiple chronic conditions and polypharmacy
  • Infectious diseases (including vaccinations)
  • Cancer
  • Wound healing / skin ulcer prevention
  • Urological conditions (including incontinence)
  • Clinical decision making and prediction tools
  • Preventative medicine
  • Systems of care, quality of care, and readmissions
  • Comparative effectiveness research methodology

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