Dr. David J. Skorton at the press conference announcing his appointment as 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, effective July 2015.
Skorton, 64, has been president of Cornell University since July 2006; he is also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College, and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering. His research focus is congenital heart disease, cardiac imaging and image processing. Skorton will be the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. (Photo by John Gibbons / Smithsonian Institution)