Gahan Breithaupt served as the Associate Director of Management and Operations (Executive Officer) for NIAMS from 2004 until his passing August 30, 2019. He was the principal advisor to the Director and the Institute’s senior staff on all aspects of administrative management involved in operating the Institute. He was responsible for information systems, personnel, committee management, management analysis, administrative strategic planning, procurement, and financial management of the $500 million IC budget, and provided oversight in the legislative, planning and evaluation, and information dissemination functions. He also coordinated closely with the NIAMS Intramural and Extramural Programs to facilitate successful execution of the NIAMS research mission. He played a leadership role on many NIH committees and working groups and regularly participated in executive recruitments for other Institutes and the NIH Office of the Director. In 2010, the President of the United States conferred on Gahan Breithaupt the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service for sustained superior accomplishment and noteworthy achievement and excellence for management and efficiency in the public sector. He was also selected as the recipient of the 2008 Supervisor/Program Manager of the Year award which was presented by the Eastern Region International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) for his contributions to and successfully applied sound human resource management principles in carrying on his program responsibilities. In 2007, Gahan received the NIH Director’s Mentoring Award in recognition of his strong and steady commitment to mentoring staff with wide ethnic diversity and across a broad professional spectrum in NIH and NIAMS.
Prior to joining NIAMS, Gahan was the acting Executive Officer and the Chief Information Officer for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Before coming to NIH, he had over 20 years of experience working in various leadership positions at the Internal Revenue Service, including 3 years as a tax consultant to the Indonesian government. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama, and his M.B.A. from Mississippi College in Jackson, Mississippi.