Leorey N. Saligan, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN


Dr. Leorey N. Saligan has been a nurse for 26 years, evolving into various roles from a staff nurse, nursing faculty, advance practice nurse as a nurse practitioner, and currently, as a nurse scientist with the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Nursing Research, in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA. In NINR, he serves as the Chief of the Symptoms Biology Unit. He is currently the only tenured nurse scientist at the NINR. As a nurse scholar, he makes highly visible contributions to nursing by initiating innovative clinical trials, translating laboratory discoveries into practice. Currently, he is the principal investigator of five clinical studies and has published close to a hundred manuscripts in high impact peer-reviewed journals. His clinical studies merge state-of-the science methodologies to understand the pathobiology of a complex symptoms. He

holds a US patent of a genetic marker of cancer-related fatigue, based on a discovery from his laboratory investigation. Further, he models strong collaborative interinstitutional and

multidisciplinary relationships to advance symptoms science, as well as create opportunities for students interested in nursing research and scholarship. In addition to his publication record, he has been asked to conduct scholarly presentations on translational research by various research societies, academic institutions, and professional organizations across the United States and internationally. He is a recipient of several recognitions from national organizations and international, multidisciplinary groups. He was awarded the 2020 NIH Director’s Award by Dr. Francis Collins. He is an excellent mentor, where post-doctoral students who rotated in his laboratory are now holding assistant professor positions in various prestigious schools of nursing across the country, and recipients of competitive NIH grants to pursue their own line of research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of

Nursing.