Timothy O'Leary
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Timothy J. O’Leary received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of Michigan prior to completing a residency in Pathology and a fellowship in Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health. In 1986 he moved to the Office of Biologics in the FDA Center for Drugs and Biologics, where he remained for one year before assuming the Chairmanship of the Department of Cellular Pathology and Genetics at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.


During 18 years of service at the AFIP, Dr. O’Leary made important contributions to pathology research and practice, particularly within the emerging discipline of Molecular Genetic Pathology, a subspecialty in which he was certified in 2002. In late 2003, after being recalled to duty with the Public Health service, he served briefly as Director, Division of Immunology and Hematology Devices, FDA. In March 2004 he became Director of the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and in June 2005 assumed additional duties as Director, Clinical Science Research and Development Service. In this role he directs the VA Cooperative Studies Program, the nation’s first nationwide multi-site clinical trials network. Since March 2008 he has served as the Deputy Chief Research and Development Officer for VA while continuing to serve as Director of Clinical Science R&D


Dr. O’Leary has served on a number of advisory groups, including the Molecular Genetic Pathology Test Committee of the American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Medical Genetics, the HHS Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee, and the FDA Pathology and Hematology Devices Panel. He has edited three books, authored or co-authored over 165 journal articles and book chapters, and holds three patents for medical devices. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Human Pathology, Pathology Research and Practice, and Applied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology, and is the current Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.


Recent Posts by Timothy O'Leary

The Million Veteran Program: Building VA’s Mega-Database for Genomic Medicine

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Watson and Crick (and Wilkins) being named Nobel Prize recipients for discovering DNA, the genetic code. In the half century since, there has been an exponential growth of knowledge and accomplishment based on their findings. More recently, a...

November 19, 2012Health IT