Academy Leadership

Mario Capecchi, Ph.D.

Dr. Mario Capecchi currently serves as Science Director to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.Dr. Capecchi, a biophysicist, is a Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

He is best known for his groundbreaking work in gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine, along with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies, for their work in finding ways to manipulate the mammalian genome by inserting new genes into cells.

This research led to the breeding of “knock-out mice” and “knock-in mice,” animals with a single gene removed or inserted. Dr. Capecchi’s knock-out mice allow scientists complete freedom regarding how to manipulate the DNA sequences in the genome of living mice. His research interests include analysis of early mouse development, neural development in mammals, gene therapy, and production of murine models of human genetic diseases.

Dr. Capecchi’s current research at the Capecchi Lab at the University of Utah School of Medicine is on modeling certain neuro and psychiatric disorders and pediatric cancers to measure and ultimately develop human therapies.

Richard Rossi

Mr. Richard Rossi currently serves as President and Executive Director of the Academy.

Mr. Rossi is a co-founder of two of the world’s largest and most prestigious enrichment programs for high-achieving students.

In the 26 years of Mr. Rossi’s guidance, more than 640,000 primary, middle school, secondary school and college students from more than 118 countries attended these academic programs focusing on leadership and career development.

One of these programs was designed to honor, inspire and motivate the nation’s most promising future physicians. More than 100,000 students graduated from this medical program and many serve in leading medical positions around the world.

In 2009, Mr. Rossi co-created one of the largest gatherings of high achieving youth in Washington history: 15,300 high-achieving young men and women who came together to experience the historic nature of President Obama’s first inauguration.

Mr. Rossi also serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Care, a prominent private health advisory company in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Rossi now devotes himself to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, the National Academy of Scientists and Technologists, and other academic programs on a full-time basis.

Pat McLagan, M.Ed.

rr-bio-photoMs. Pat McLagan currently serves as Director of Educational Design.

Ms. McLagan is an award­ winning management consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A Fortune Magazine top 20 global executive called her work “seminal…leading to coherence, of culture and purpose… liberating.”

She has helped implement major change, leadership, and strategy management initiatives in organizations as diverse as the General Electric Company, 3M, NASA, SABMiller, The US Defense Intelligence Agency, AT&T, Citibank, and the State of Georgia (USA).

She is the 15th person and second woman inducted into the Human Resource Development (HRD) Hall of Fame, is an elected member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and one of 100 “Inspiring Minds for a Century” from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.

She has received many leadership awards, including the American Society for Training and Development’s highest award for professional and community contribution and the 2012 Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association.

She holds degrees in English literature (BA, Phi Beta Kappa) and adult education (MA) from the University of Minnesota, is an honorary Professor of Human Resource Management and has served on many professional jour­nal advisory boards.  She is featured as one of Tom Peters “Cool Friends.”

Her papers and articles have appeared in T+D Magazine, MWorld and The President (American Management Association), the Journal for Quality and Participation, Government Executive Magazine, The Conference Board, World Business Academy Perspectives, and in other publications and handbooks.

Ms. McLagan has served on the governing boards of the American Society for Training and Development, the Instructional Systems Association, and the Minneapolis United Way, and is past chair of the board of directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

Robert G. Darling, M.D.

Dr. Rob Darling served as Medical Director to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists from 2015-2017.

Rob Darling PhotoDr. Darling was the first Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician to serve as the White House Physician to the President of the United States, the Vice President, their families, and other senior government officials.

Dr. Darling served President Clinton, Vice President Gore, their families, and other presidential support units at the White House, Camp David, classified emergency relocation facilities, and aboard executive aircraft including Air Force One.

He also provided primary care and protective medical support services in more than 40 countries with no Western-type backup medical care. He played a key role in developing Top Secret emergency contingency plans bearing constitutional impact, countering the greatest threats to the continuity of the presidency.

After leaving the White House, Dr. Darling served as Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security as an expert in the medical aspects of Homeland Security and bioterrorism defense.

Dr. Darling is currently Medical Director for Patronus Medical, a concierge healthcare company that delivers care to patients in virtually any location in the world.