Alison K. Hall, Ph.D.
Scholarly Concentration Director

Dr. Alison Hall is the Associate Dean for Research Workforce Development at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Before coming to GW, she served as Deputy Director for the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, where she oversaw numerous training (T32 and F), research education (R25) and diversity programs. She spent a year on detail in the Office of Extramural Programs, working on enhancing the clinician-investigator workforce. 

She comes to GW after an extensive faculty career at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. As Professor of Neuroscience, she led a productive and extramurally funded basic science laboratory that studied the role of the Transforming Growth Factor beta superfamily, activin, in sensory neuron development and inflammatory pain. She mentored trainees at many career levels, from high school to graduate students to medical residents to teachers. Her senior management skills were honed as founding Associate Dean for Graduate Education to support PhD and MS programs by coordinating research and workforce development. Her commitment to diversity led to two new programs, a short-term summer research program for medical and undergraduate students, and a postbaccalaureate (pre-PhD) program, both funded by the NIH, and with strong impact on recruiting and retention.

This broad perspective was tapped for national leadership roles including service on multiple NIH review groups including as chair, President of the Association for Neuroscience Departments and Programs, Steering Committee of the GREAT committee of AAMC and elected committees of the Society of Neurosciences. She won a number of awards including the Kaiser Permanente Teaching Excellence Award; YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence and she was selected for the Executive Leadership Program in Academic Medicine. Dr. Hall earned a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego, and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at CWRU.


Naomi Luban, M.D.
Scholarly Concentration Director

Dr. Luban is Chief, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Director of the Transfusion Medicine/Donor Center at the Children’s National Health System (formerly, CNMC). She is also Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s National Health System and Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Clinical Research Center. She is Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Luban received her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York. She has published numerous journal articles, books, and book chapters. She is an editorial board member for Transfusion and a peer reviewer for Transfusion, JAMA, Immunohematology, the Journal of Pediatrics, and Pediatric Blood and Cancer, among others.

Dr. Luban is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Blood Banks, American Society of Hematology, and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research. She has been on several FDA and NIH committees and review groups. Dr. Luban also currently serves as a member of the American Board of Pediatrics and U.S. Pharmacopeia.