May 20, 2022

Mourning the Loss of Former National Library of Medicine Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.

UPDATED September 2, 2019
NY Times Publishes, “Dr. Donald Lindberg, 85, Dies; Opened Medical Research to the World”

From a Statement by:

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.   
Director, National Institutes of Health   

Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N.,  Ph.D.
Director, National Library of Medicine

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., who served as the director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for more than 30 years. He was one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and continued his service as director emeritus of NLM after his retirement in March 2015. Because of his pioneering work in applying computer technology to biomedical research and health information, he is considered by many to be the country’s senior statesman for computers and medicine. Don died on August 16 following a fall; he was 86.


A consummate planner, Don took a long view by developing long-range plans for NLM that helped him deliver on his predictions. Under his leadership, NLM embraced the Internet, enabling the public, health providers, and scientists gain new or improved access to medical literature via PubMed and PubMed Central; clinical trials and their results via; and consumer health information via MedlinePlus.

Read the Complete Statement

UPDATED August 21: Dr. Lindberg Memorial Video

See Also: Dr. Lindberg was the Recipient of the 2014 Paul Evan Peters Award From CNI, ARL, and EDUCAUSE

See Also: Biographical Sketch, Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. (via NLM)

See Also: Medical Informatics Trailblazer Lindberg Retiring In March (via Modern Healthcare)

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