Medical Officer, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
National Institute on Aging, NIH

Marcel Salive, MD, MPH, is a medical officer in the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology at the NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA).  He developed and oversees an innovative and successful research program on multimorbidity in older adults including national consortia, pragmatic clinical trials, clinical research projects and career development. He has developed NIA’s program to conduct research into improving the effectiveness of treatment strategies for the comorbid conditions that occur frequently in combination with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Dr. Salive has senior-level experience in multiple health agencies including the NIH, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has made major regulatory and reimbursement contributions to public health. 

From 2003-2010, he was Director of the Division of Medical and Surgical Services at CMS, one of two clinical divisions within CMS responsible for Medicare coverage of therapy, medicine, surgery, anesthesia, radiology and preventive services, which comprise more than 40% of Medicare spending.  He managed the development of 50 evidence-based national coverage policies on topics including orthopedics, cardiology, rehabilitation, and preventive services. His work in developing Medicare coverage of new and innovative services was recognized with the PHS Meritorious Service Medal in 2010. He initiated and subsequently expanded Medicare coverage of smoking cessation behavior change, and later led an expansion of prevention coverage that put it on par with diagnostic and treatment services in Medicare.

Dr. Salive earned chemistry and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his preventive medicine residency and a master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins University. He is a Captain in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and serves on the PHS-2 rapid deployment force.



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