Pius Aiyelawo, a retired U.S. Navy captain, is the new chief operating officer of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the nation’s largest hospital devoted to clinical research. Aiyelawo fills a COO role newly expanded that includes management of most clinical as well as administrative areas. He reports directly to CEO Dr. James K. Gilman at the 200-bed facility on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.
Aiyelawo held senior leadership positions in hospitals and large medical research programs throughout his 27-year military career. His most recent appointments included as assistant deputy director for Research and Development, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Falls Church, and as COO/Deputy Commander of Naval Medical Research & Development Command at Fort Detrick, MD. Also, he served as the commanding officer of the largest Navy’s healthcare facility, U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan, where he led the planning, transition, and relocation to the new $650 million hospital complex. Following retirement from the Navy in 2013, Aiyelawo served as senior program director at General Dynamics Health Solutions.
“I am grateful to the NIH senior leadership and Dr. Gilman for this opportunity and truly humbled to be selected as the Chief Operating Officer of the finest and premiere research hospital in the world,” Aiyelawo stated.
Often called the “House of Hope,” the Clinical Center last year had more than 5,000 inpatient admissions and 100,000 outpatient visits.