George Sigounas, M.S., Ph.D, became Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on May 1, 2017.
HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA's $10.5 billion annual budget (FY 2016) expands access to quality health care through an array of grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions training programs.
Before coming to HRSA, Dr. Sigounas spent 23 years as Professor of Medicine at the East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC where he helped establish the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program. He directed the Cellular Therapies Clinical Unit which provided the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program with the cells used to transplant cancer patients. During this period, he also served as an Inspector for the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). FACT is the non-profit corporation that inspects and accredits facilities and programs in the field of cellular therapies worldwide.
His work with the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program also provided extensive experience with designing and conducting clinical trials, preparing patient treatment protocols, and performing fiscal management.
From 1987-94, Dr. Sigounas was a scientist and researcher at the National Institutes of Health and the Naval Medical Center. Through the years, his research efforts have resulted in several U.S. and international patents as well as peer-reviewed publications.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Sigounas has been teaching and training a broad spectrum of students, including undergraduates, graduates, medical students, residents and fellows. He has also been a mentor to numerous junior faculty and worked collaboratively with many clinicians and scientists.
Dr. Sigounas earned his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Patras in Greece, a master of science in physiology and biology from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in cell biology and physiology from Boston University.