Healthcare Veteran Appointed COO of Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories

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July 31st, 2009

Boston University

For Immediate Release

July 31, 2009

Contact: Gina M. DiGravio, 617-638-8480 –

BOSTONJohn D. Nash, a healthcare veteran with over 25 years of management experience at major U.S. medical institutions, will serve as chief operating officer (COO) of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at Boston University’s Medical Campus, announced Gary W. Nicksa, BU’s vice president for Operations.

Nash, who began on July 20, was most recently the senior vice president and general manager of the Ireland Cancer Center (ICC) at Cleveland’s University Hospitals, one of only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).   Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 25 hospitals for cancer care in the country, ICC is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

He will be responsible for the development, oversight and management of the NEIDL’s administrative and financial matters including human resources, facility maintenance, information technology, budgeting, and all others functions required to ensure safe and secure day-to-day operation of the facility.

“We are extremely fortunate to have John Nash join our NEIDL management team,” said Nicksa.  “His healthcare-industry experience and dedication to excellence are exactly what we were seeking in the person who will oversee the administrative operations that are fundamental to our commitment to safe and secure infectious-disease research.”

The NEIDL is part of a national network of secure facilities that study infectious diseases, whether they occur naturally or are introduced deliberately through bioterrorism.  The facility, located within BioSquare, a biomedical research and business park adjacent to Boston University Medical Campus in Boston’s South End, is dedicated to the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Prior to ICC, Nash was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Memphis-based St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Nash, who earned a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Duke University and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Boston College, also served as chief of Hospital Operations at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States.

Construction on the 192,000-square-foot, seven-story NEIDL began in March 2006 and is substantially completed.  The $198-million facility is jointly funded by the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and Boston University. # # #