Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., has been named OHSU’s first chief research officer and executive vice president, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Barr-Gillespie has served as interim senior vice president for research at OHSU since 2017.
In his new role, Barr-Gillespie will be principal adviser to OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., on research strategy and research resource allocation. He will lead and manage OHSU’s research enterprise — comprising dozens of internationally and nationally acclaimed basic, translational, clinical and public health research programs — and serves on the president’s executive leadership team.
Barr-Gillespie also will collaborate with external academic, industrial and community research partners, and the various funding, regulatory and accrediting bodies. Moreover, he will represent OHSU in research collaborations with other universities in Oregon and the northwest region.
Barr-Gillespie will support Jacobs in developing OHSU’s 2025 strategic plan for research. The objective is to empower OHSU researchers to do their best science, to be among the top-ranked research universities for NIH funding in the country and to maintain OHSU’s national reputation for cutting-edge research.