Vivian Pinn, M.D.

Office of Research on Women’s Health
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Recipient of the 2013 National Medical Fellowship Founders Award 


Prior to her retirement in August 2011, Dr. Vivian W. Pinn was the first full-time Director of the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), an appointment she held since 1991 and as NIH Associate Director for Research on Women's Health since 1994. Dr. Pinn came to NIH from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC, where she had been Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology since 1982. A special tribute by Senator Olympia Snowe on Dr. Pinn’s retirement was published in the Congressional Record in November 2011 commending her contributions during her NIH tenure. The Association of American Medical Colleges awarded her a Special Recognition Award for exceptional leadership over a forty-year career.

Dr. Pinn has been invited to present the ORWH's programs and initiatives - to ensure the inclusion of women (and minorities) in clinical research funded by the NIH - to national and international organizations. Dr. Pinn co-chaired until her retirement the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers which aims to improve the advancement of women in biomedical careers. Since her retirement, Dr. Pinn has been named as Senior Scientist Emeritus at the NIH Fogarty International Center.


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