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David Wilde, M.D., Ph.D.

Program Officer

Division of Clinical Innovation

Clinical Affairs Branch

Clinical Research Resources Section

Contact Info


David Wilde is a program officer in the Clinical Research Resources Section of the Clinical Affairs Branch within NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation. His main activities center on the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program and the Loan Repayment Program. He serves on the Human Subjects Protection Liaison Committee and is the NCATS point of contact for investigators to obtain Certificates of Confidentiality. Wilde also maintains a focus on education; he currently is involved in the Workforce Development Domain Task Force and serves as an alternate member on the NIH-wide Training Advisory Committee. To promote diversity in the research workforce, Wilde participates in the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. Before joining NCATS, Wilde worked for the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

Wilde obtained his bachelor’s degree in math and chemistry from Wabash College. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he studied immunology. He then completed residency training in general surgery with an emphasis on solid organ transplantation, and he became a fellow in the intramural program in cellular immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1989. After completing his fellowship in 1992, he became a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Division of Clinical Trial Design and Analysis. He moved from the FDA to the NIH extramural grants program at NCRR in 1997.

Professional Interests

One of Wilde’s chief interests is mentoring young investigators who plan a career in translational research. Wilde works with investigators through the NIH intramural program Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management to identify NIH or CTSA Program resources that might enhance or expand the scope of research conducted by young investigators in the biomedical sciences. He also counsels scholars at extramural grantee institutions on the array of choices that can optimize their career development and progression to research independence.