Xinzhi Zhang, MD, PhD, FACE, FRSM

Program Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH

Dr. Xinzhi Zhang is a program director in the Division of Extramural Scientific Programs (DESP), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH. Dr. Zhang provides leadership for scientific program development and project management on minority health and health disparities research. He is also a Lieutenant Commander for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, an elite group of public health leaders who respond to national health crises.

Prior to joining NIMHD, Dr. Zhang worked at CDC from 2003-2012. He first joined the Office of Surveillance, National Center for Infectious Diseases as a Steven M. Teutsch Fellow in Prevention Effectiveness. During his tenure there he authored the pandemic influenza planning tools, FluSurge and FluWorkLoss. From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Zhang was an epidemiologist in the Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  He served as a technical monitor, project officer, and lead scientist for CDC contracts and cooperative agreements.

Dr. Zhang applies his extensive medical and research background to studying health outcomes related to minority health and health disparities. He is NIMHD’s liaison/representative to All of Us initiative, U.S. Preventive Task Force and Community Preventive Services Task Force, trans-NIH Biomedical Informatics Coordinating Committee, Big Data to Knowledge initiative, Clinical Common Data Elements Taskforce, Digital Scientific Data Technical Advisory Task Force, NIH Measurement Coordination Group, Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee, and Interagency Health Equity Collaborative. He is the program director of TCC Chronic Disease Prevention program, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

Dr. Zhang is also an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and had a WOC appointment with Veterans Affairs (VA) Birmingham hospital. He has 65 publications in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, AJPH, and AJPM. Dr. Zhang has reviewed abstracts for American Public Health Association (APHA) conference, National Health Promotion Conference, American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions, NIH Health Disparities Summit, and has served many years on the scientific committees for the World Congress on Health Economics and the American Society of Health Economists Conferences. He also served in Special Emphasis Panels for CDC, ADA, and China Medical Board and has served as a reviewer for over 20 peer-reviewed journals such as The Lancet, JAMA, Health Affairs, and AJPH. He is on the editorial board of several journals including the American Journal of Health Promotion and is an Associate Editor of Health Equity. Dr. Zhang is the past Chair of the Vision Care Section and currently a Governing Council member of APHA. In 2015, he served as a member of Epidemiology Panel for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health.

Dr. Zhang received his M.D. from Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from UAB in 2003. He was a recipient of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Services Research Dissertation Award in 2003. Additional honors include NIH Merit Award, CDC & ATSDR Honor Award, CDC/NCPDCID Civil Service Honor Award, APHA VCS Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, and USPHS Citation, Special Assignment Award, Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Unit Commendation, and Presidential Unit Citation. He is a fellow of American College of Epidemiology and an overseas fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

My Sessions

Lunch – SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Section

Coronado Room

This session will be led by the NIH Center for Scientific Review, the SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Section will give you a chance to see a small business peer review study section meeting in action.  You will hear frequent questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants often make.  This session […]