Staff Profile: Joan Davis Nagel

Joan Davis Nagel, M.D., M.P.H.
Joan Davis Nagel, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Officer

Division of Clinical Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Joan Davis Nagel joined NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI) as Program Director in September 2014. She oversees several of the multimillion-dollar Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) and works collaboratively with principal investigators to provide programmatic direction and oversight of their clinical and translational science projects. Nagel also represents NCATS on DCI’s Workforce Development Domain Task Force Lead team, a committee of 60+ representatives from CTSA Program hubs that help to provide strategic direction on education and workforce issues that impact the clinical and translational science workforce.

Nagel earned a B.A. in biology from Williams College, an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her background includes training in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by a residency in general preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Before assuming her current role, Nagel spent five years as a program director in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health, providing oversight for two large interdisciplinary women’s health research programs (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health and the Specialized Centers of Research on Sex Differences) and worked collaboratively with researchers funded to examine sex/gender factors as they affect health and disease. In addition, she has knowledge and expertise in developing and fostering research programs for the interdisciplinary careers and mentoring of junior faculty researchers. Nagel joined NIH in 2002 as a program director, providing programmatic oversight and strategic direction for a portfolio of research grants that support mentoring and career development in women’s health research for the Reproductive Science Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Before coming to NIH, Nagel worked as a city clinician for the New York City Department of Health Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and as a medical consultant for the Urban Women’s Retreat, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Harlem.

Professional Interests

Nagel is enthusiastic about seeing research findings translated to actual improvements in health for patients, populations and communities.

She has strong research interests in women’s health and sex/gender factors as they affect health and disease, career development, mentoring, team science and innovative approaches to training the next generation of clinical and translational science researchers.