Friday, December 2, 2011

Orf returns to the MGH to lead Research Management


Harry W. Orf, PhD, who previously worked at the MGH from 1983 to 2004, will return in February to serve as senior vice president for Research Management. He succeeds Rick Bringhurst, MD, who will remain on staff at the MGH and continue to provide his clinical, research and teaching expertise.

“I am both honored and excited to be returning to MGH at such a pivotal time,” Orf says. “The continued budgetary constraints and recent realignment of translational research priorities by the National Institutes of Health will bring both new challenges and new opportunities to ongoing biomedical research programs. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee on Research, the Research Management staff and the entire MGH research community to meet these challenges and grow the research enterprise in the years ahead.”

Orf is former director of the Molecular Biology Laboratories at the MGH and was honored for his outreach and educational partnerships with the Boston Public Schools, receiving the 1996 Partnership Award from the MGH/Timilty Middle School Partnership and the 1997 American Hero Award from the U.S. Department of Education and the city of Boston.

Since 2004, Orf has been vice president of Scientific Operations at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., directing operations and overseeing development of its new 350,000-square-foot research complex. Orf served 34 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, including deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. He was honored with the Bronze Star and the Army Legion of Merit Medal and retired as a full colonel in 2005.

“We are thrilled that Harry is bringing his wisdom and expertise back to the MGH to lead the Research Management team,” says Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “I also want to thank Rick for his amazing leadership of our research efforts for the past six years.”

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