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Health Research for the 21st Century
Dr. Vivian Pinn
Associate Director for Research on Women's Health
Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes
of Health, (NIH)
Oct. 17, 2000 7 pm
Masur AuditoriumNIH Clinical Center
Dr. Vivian W. Pinn is the
first full-time Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an appointment she has held since
November 1991. In February 1994, she was also named as Associate Director for
Research on Women's Health, NIH. Dr. Pinn came to NIH from Howard University
College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she had been Professor and Chair
of the Department of Pathology since 1982, and has previously held appointments
at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Pinn has long been active
in efforts to improve the health and career opportunities for women and minorities.
She recently led a national effort to reexamine priorities for the women's health
research agenda for the 21st Century, involving over 1,500 advocates, scientists,
policy makers, educators and healthcare providers. Dr. Pinn attended the public
schools of Lynchburg, Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in
Massachusetts, and received her M.D. from the University of Virginia School
of Medicine in 1967. She was the only woman and minority in her class. She completed
her postgraduate training in Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital,
on a NIH training grant; at the same time she served as Teaching Fellow at the
Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Pinn then joined the
faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts New England Medical
Center Hospital, and held the positions of Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
and Associate Professor of Pathology. In 1982, she assumed the Chairmanship
of the Department of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine and
Howard University Hospital. She is a member of long-standing in many professional
and scientific organizations, in which she has held many positions of leadership.
She served as the 88th President of the National Medical Association during
the year 1989-1990, and also was a member of the Executive Committee of the
Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Pinn has received numerous honors,
awards, and recognitions, and has been granted seven Honorary Degrees of Laws
and Science since 1992.
In October 1994, she was
inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In October
1995, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine. She received an Alumni Achievement
Award from Wellesley College in February 1993, and currently serves on the Wellesley
College Board of Trustees. She also received the second annual Distinguished
Alumna Award from the University of Virginia in September 1992, and was honored
by the UVA medical school as one of their Alumni Luminaries in 1998. In May
of 1994, Dr. Pinn was named by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of "The Big Time!
8 (in feminism now) for her accomplishments in medicine. She was also featured
in several issues of Ladies Home Journal, and in May 2000, Essence magazine
recognized Dr. Pinn among Black women trailblazers for her dedication to women's
Among her more recent awards
and recognitions, she was named the 1997 Excellence in Leadership in the Public
Sector Honoree by the National Women's Economic Alliance Foundation. The American
College of Physicians awarded Dr. Pinn the James D. Bruce Memorial Award in
1998 for distinguished contributions in preventive medicine; she was awarded
the Athena Award in February 1999 from the Partnership for Women's Health at
Columbia University; she has been honored by the North American Menopause Society;
and in March 2000 she received the Catherine McFarland Award from the University
of Pennsylvania for distinguished service in women's health.
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