Friends of the National Library of Medicine Announce New Board Members


For Immediate Release: 2.24.21

Ann Hill
Operations Manager

Friends of the National Library of Medicine Announce New Board Members

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) Board of Directors is pleased to welcome two new Directors, Christopher J. Shaffer, MS and Christopher C. Winchester, D.Phil. 

Both Mr. Shaffer and Dr. Winchester’s extensive experience and knowledge in health sciences and health communications will be invaluable to the FNLM as we move forward with many new and strategic initiatives,” said Glen P. Campbell, FNLM Chair of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. 

Chris Shaffer joined the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as University Librarian, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, in August 2017. Previously, he was University Librarian and Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for nine years. He has helped plan interprofessional education initiatives and worked with research offices and Clinical and Translational Science Award centers to develop new library services for researchers. At OHSU, he worked with Dr. Melissa Haendel to establish the Ontology Development Group, which promoted research innovations, service development, and education through semantically enabled technologies for the purposes of data management and publication, research reproducibility, and the building of novel tools for biomedical data exploration. Chris is an active member of the Medical Library Association (MLA), a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), and currently serves as President of the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries (AAHSL). His other past positions include Assistant Director for Technology and Outreach at the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, and Resident Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Texas A&M University and an MS in Information Science from the University of North Texas. 

Chris Winchester is CEO of Oxford PharmaGenesis, an award-winning HealthScience communications consultancy that helps its clients in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, patient groups and academia to communicate medical evidence effectively. Oxford PharmaGenesis has over 350 employees in offices in Oxford, London, Cardiff, Cambridge, Basel, Melbourne and Philadelphia. Chris studied Biochemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, leaving with a DPhil in 1997. He has led observational studies, systematic reviews of observational studies and Delphi consensus development processes that have been published in journals such ​Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Chest ​ and​ Gut. ​ Chris is Co-founder of Open Pharma, which aims to advance the publishing of research funded by the pharmaceutical industry. He is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Director of Oxford Health Policy Forum, and a past Chair of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals. He is proud of the partnership between Oxford PharmaGenesis and Evidence Aid, a global charity headquartered in Oxford that advocates an evidence-based approach to emergency relief and humanitarian assistance.  


The Friends organization was formed in 1986 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to promote, publicize, and support the Library. FNLM is a coalition of individuals, medical associations and societies, hospitals, health science libraries, corporations, and foundations, dedicated to increasing public awareness and use of the NLM, as well as to support its many programs in research, education, and public service. FNLM’s Board of Directors oversee the strategic planning, fundraising and programmatic activities of the organization. For more information, please visit: