Valerie Florance, Ph.D.

Director, NLM Extramural Programs, Heads NLM’s Extramural Programs Division, which is responsible for the Library’s grant programs. Coordinator for NLM informatics training programs.

Valerie Florance, Ph.D., is an Associate Director of the National Library of Medicine, NIH. There, she directs NLM’s Extramural Programs Division, with overall responsibility for research, training and resource grant programs in biomedical informatics and health information sciences. She serves as program director for NLM’s highly-regarded university-based training programs in biomedical informatics. Dr. Florance is a member of the Executive Committee for the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. Before coming to NLM in February 2001, she spent 3 years leading a visioning project undertaken at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to help the association’s members understand the power of computers and networks for managing health information. Before that, she held faculty and administrative positions at three U.S. academic medical centers. She has graduate degrees in medical anthropology and biomedical information sciences, and was elected to the American College of Medical Informatics in 2005.