Pearls of Wisdom

The Pearls of Wisdom online series of short videos aims to inspire, motivate, and inform women in the beginning or middle stages of their biomedical careers. Produced and funded by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), the series started as a collaboration with the National Medical Association (NMA). It featured prominent women scientists and physicians at NIH and beyond, many from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, sharing words of wisdom, perspectives, and advice directed toward younger women scientists.

ORWH has expanded on the original work and is currently producing new videos for the series that will feature additional women as well as men leaders at NIH who are helping to eliminate the barriers that make it challenging for women to achieve their full potential as scientists.

Everyone has a story to tell about overcoming barriers and challenges and the lessons learned along the way. We hope the Pearls of Wisdom video series inspires you to achieve your goals and aspirations.

You can view the video profiles based on the speakers’ professional affiliation.

Keri F. Allen, M.D.

Keri F. Allen, MD

Keri F. Allen, M.D., was a 3rd-year ophthalmology resident at Palmetto Health University of South Carolina. She received her…

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Keri F. Allen, MD

Keri F. Allen, M.D., was a 3rd-year ophthalmology resident at Palmetto Health University of South Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, prior to matriculating at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston for a research fellowship in glaucoma genetics. In July 2018, after completing her residency, she will begin her fellowship training in global ophthalmology at Emory University. Her career goals include practicing ophthalmology as a clinician-scientist and working on research efforts geared toward blindness prevention.

Keri Allen

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Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

Marie A. Bernard, M.D., serves as Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). As NIA’s senior geriatrician, she…

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Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

Marie A. Bernard, M.D., serves as Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). As NIA’s senior geriatrician, she serves as the principal advisor to the NIA director, assisting in overseeing approximately $3.1 billion in aging and Alzheimer’s disease research supported annually by the Institute. Dr. Bernard co-chairs the NIH Inclusion Governance Committee, which monitors inclusion in clinical research by sex/gender, race/ethnicity, and age; including pediatric and older adult subjects. She has held numerous national leadership roles, including Chair of the Clinical Medicine Section of the Gerontological Society of America, Chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Research Advisory Committee, Board Member of the American Geriatrics Society, President of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and President of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. She received an undergraduate education at Bryn Mawr College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and trained in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where she served as Chief Resident.

Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

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Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., DABT, ATS

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., DABT, ATS

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., is the former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (…

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Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., DABT, ATS

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., is the former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) within the National Institutes of Health, having served as the NIEHS Director for just over 10 years. She oversaw a $780 million budget that funded multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention, and intervention efforts that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach. A board-certified toxicologist, Dr. Birnbaum’s research focused on the pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals and the linking of real-world exposures to health effects. She previously served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she directed a large division focusing on environmental health research. She received both an M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Birnbaum was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine), one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health, and she has received honorary degrees from the University of Rochester and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. She was the recipient of the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 2014 for “actions of exceptional achievement to the cause of public health and medicine.” Dr. Birnbaum has held leadership roles in the International Union of Toxicology, the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, and the American Aging Association. She is the author of more than 800 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and reports.

Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS

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Linda D. Bradley, M.D.

Linda D. Bradley, M.D.

Linda Darlene Bradley, M.D., is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve…

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Linda D. Bradley, M.D.

Linda Darlene Bradley, M.D., is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University; Vice Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic; and Director of Hysteroscopic Education for the Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She is also an internationally recognized gynecologic surgeon known for her expertise in diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy, saline infusion sonography, endometrial ablation, alternatives to hysterectomy, long-term contraception (intrauterine devices and hormonal contraception), hysteroscopic sterilization, and the evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding. Dr. Bradley serves as an Advisor for Medscape and Medscape CME [Continuing Medical Education]. Annually, she hosts the Celebrate Sisterhood Multicultural Health & Wellness Summit, which has educated more than 10,000 multicultural women since its inception. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and continuing medical education films; and has been named as a Cleveland Clinic Foundation Bruce Hubbard Stewart Fellow, a designation that honors physicians who practice with compassion and clinical care.

Linda D. Bradley, M.D.

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Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FACMI

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FACMI

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FACMI is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Adjunct…

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Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FACMI

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FACMI is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Adjunct Investigator in the National Institute of Nursing Research’s Advanced Visualization Branch at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As the world’s largest biomedical library, NLM produces digital information resources used by scientists, health professionals, and members of the public. Dr. Brennan came to the NIH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She received an M.S. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Brennan is a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed an electronic network to improve care for home-care patients and a web-based communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover. A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D.

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Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women's Health and Director of the Office of Research on Women's…

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Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women's Health and Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the architect of the NIH policy requiring scientists to consider sex as a biological variable across the research spectrum. This policy is part of the NIH's initiative on enhancing reproducibility through rigor and transparency. As co-chair of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Clayton also leads NIH's efforts to advance women in science careers.

Dr. Clayton was the Deputy Clinical Director of the National Eye Institute. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Clayton's research interests include autoimmune ocular diseases and the role of sex and gender in health and disease. She is the author of more than 80 scientific publications, journal articles, and book chapters.

Dr. Clayton is a native Washingtonian and received her undergraduate degree with honors from the Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia and fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and in uveitis and ocular immunology at the National Eye Institute.

Dr. Clayton received numerous awards, including the Senior Achievement Award from the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008, was selected as a 2010 Silver Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and won the European Uveitis Patient Interest Association Clinical Uveitis Research Award in 2010. In 2015, she was awarded the American Medical Women's Association Lila A. Wallis Women's Health Award, and the Wenger Award for Excellence in Public Service. Dr. Clayton was granted the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women's Health in 2016. She was also selected as an honoree for the Woman's Day Red Dress Awards and the prestigious American Medical Association Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in 2017.

Janine Clayton, M.D.

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Caryn Cobb

Caryn Cobb

Caryn Cobb is a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI. Caryn graduated with…

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Caryn Cobb

Caryn Cobb is a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI. Caryn graduated with honors in Health and Human Biology as an undergraduate at Brown, where she was inducted into the Sigma Xi Honors Research Society. She has served as the National Committee Co-Chair of External Affairs for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). She was the SNMA Associate Regional Director, overseeing and organizing SNMA chapters within seven New England states. She has also been the Secretary and Historian for the Brown University SNMA chapter. Caryn serves on the executive board of the Association of Women Surgeons at Brown. Caryn has a passion for research and enjoys mentoring students interested in medicine.

Caryn Cobb

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Yvonne C. Collins, M.D.

Yvonne C. Collins, M.D.

Yvonne C. Collins, M.D., is a Gynecologic Oncologist with AIM Specialty Health, where she serves as a Physician Team Lead. She is…

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Yvonne C. Collins, M.D.

Yvonne C. Collins, M.D., is a Gynecologic Oncologist with AIM Specialty Health, where she serves as a Physician Team Lead. She is board-certified in the area of obstetrics/gynecology and gynecologic oncology. Dr. Collins is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Collins has devoted her career to educating underserved women on the importance of routine health maintenance, including Pap tests. Her research interests include community outreach and education on the causes, prevention, screening, and early detection of cervical cancer, which is preventable. She also has an interest in empowering women through education, eliminating barriers to care, and increasing access. She works with community organizations, area churches, beauty salons, task forces, and the American Cancer Society on developing ways to decrease racial disparities related to cervical cancer diagnosis, treatment, and mortality. She not only provides care in the United States but also has traveled to Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa to provide care to those who need it. She lectures nationally and internationally, with her goal being to educate on disease prevention. She has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher and Humanitarian of the Year. Dr. Collins has been published in various scientific journals, including Gynecologic Oncology and Journal of the Lower Genital Tract Disease.

Yvonne C. Collins, M.D.

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Nakela Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Nakela Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Nakela Cook, M.D., M.P.H., was the Chief of Staff in the Immediate Office of the Director (IOD) of the National Heart, Lung, and…

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Nakela Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Nakela Cook, M.D., M.P.H., was the Chief of Staff in the Immediate Office of the Director (IOD) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She provided institutional leadership to support the NHLBI director, provides leadership for the strategic direction of the women’s health research agenda at NHLBI, and serves as a spokesperson related to the health of women for the Institute. Dr. Cook previously served as a Medical Officer in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at NHLBI. Her portfolio in the division included cardiovascular outcomes research, epidemiology, and clinical trials. Her research interests span racial/ethnic and sex/gender disparities in cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health services research, comparative effectiveness research, and cardiovascular imaging.

Dr. Cook is board-certified in cardiology. She received a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, and clinical training in primary care/internal medicine and cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She completed a fellowship in Health Services Research at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Cook also is an alumnus of the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and she completed a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health care policy as part of this fellowship.

Nakela Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

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Wendi Wills El-Amin, M.D.

Wendi Wills El-Amin, M.D.

Wendi Wills El-Amin, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of…

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Wendi Wills El-Amin, M.D.

Wendi Wills El-Amin, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, and provides care at the Center for Family Medicine there. She was appointed to SIU's Department of Medical Education and is also an Academic Strategist. Dr. El-Amin served as Assistant Dean of Medical Education at the University Of Virginia (UVA) School Of Medicine in Charlottesville (2007-10). Also at UVA, she served as Director of Outreach at the Center on Health Disparities, as Director of the UVA Cancer Center Health Disparity Initiative (2006-10), and as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health (2005-10). She is board-certified in family medicine and is a member of the National Medical Association, where she chairs the Women’s Health Section (2008 – present). She has been a community health advocate and activist, working in television, radio, and newspaper.

Wendi Wills El-Amin, M.D.

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Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D.

Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D.

Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D., is a nurse-bioethicist who serves as the Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National…

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Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D.

Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D., is a nurse-bioethicist who serves as the Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Her research contributions are primarily in the ethics of clinical research, including issues of informed consent, vulnerability, study design, recruitment, and international research ethics. Dr. Grady holds a B.S. in nursing and biology from Georgetown University, an M.S.N. in community health nursing from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University. She has authored more than 160 papers in the biomedical and bioethics literature and authored or edited several books, including The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics. Her work is known internationally, and she has lectured widely on ethical issues in clinical research and clinical care, HIV disease, and nursing. Dr. Grady is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center and of the American Academy of Nursing. She is a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and she is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She served as a Commissioner of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering.

Christine Grady, MSN, Ph.D.

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Eve J. Higginbotham, S.M., M.D.

Dr. Eve Higginbotham

Dr. Eve Higginbotham is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a…

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Dr. Eve Higginbotham

Dr. Eve Higginbotham is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and Professor of Ophthalmology.

She serves as a Director of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic health system in the United States. Notable prior positions include Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, a position she held for 12 years.

In addition, she is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, serving as a member of the Membership Committee and Section Chair and a member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Higginbotham is a member of the Defense Health Board of the Department of Defense, and the Board of the AOA Medical Honor Society. Dr. Higginbotham is a former chair of the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel, former member of the Board at Harvard University and the MIT Corporation. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, She has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and co-edited four textbooks in ophthalmology.

Eve J. Higginbotham, S.M., M.D.

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Leslie Stiff Jones, M.D.

Leslie Stiff Jones, M.D.

Leslie Stiff Jones, M.D. is an Associate Professor, Chair, Residency Program Director, and Glaucoma Service Director of the…

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Leslie Stiff Jones, M.D.

Leslie Stiff Jones, M.D. is an Associate Professor, Chair, Residency Program Director, and Glaucoma Service Director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Howard University. Dr. Jones completed her medical degree and residency in ophthalmology at Howard University, followed by a fellowship in glaucoma at Wills Eye Hospital. She has demonstrated a commitment to vision research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow at the National Eye Institute, and is currently the glaucoma consultant for the Uveitis Section of the National Eye Institute. Dr. Jones is the recipient of the American Glaucoma Society Clinician Scientist Award, and is committed to patient education and early detection of glaucomatous optic neuropathy. Her research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of glaucoma, the evaluation of current and innovative glaucoma medical and surgical therapies, and use of online simulation as an adjunct to traditional ophthalmic clinical skills training. Dr. Jones has a strong commitment to resident education and the development of future ophthalmologists.

Leslie Jones, M.D.

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Michelle Wilson Latting, M.D.

Dr. Michelle Wilson Latting

Michelle Wilson Latting, M.D., is a Fellow in Oculofacial and Orbital Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. She completed an…

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Dr. Michelle Wilson Latting

Michelle Wilson Latting, M.D., is a Fellow in Oculofacial and Orbital Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. She completed an ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Stanford University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Latting is committed to serving as a resource to underrepresented minority undergraduates, medical students, and residents interested in pursuing careers in ophthalmology and oculofacial surgery.

Michelle Wilson Latting, M.D.

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Betty Lucas

Betty Lucas

Betty Lucas has been the Director of the American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeCare America Program for the past 18 years. Prior…

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Betty Lucas

Betty Lucas has been the Director of the American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeCare America Program for the past 18 years. Prior to joining the Academy, she spent 20 years helping the underserved by designing and directing volunteer programs for nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and establishing pro bono law clinics in Alameda County.

Betty Lucas

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Stephanie Jones Marioneaux, M.D.

Stephanie Jones Marioneaux

Stephanie Jones Marioneaux, M.D., received a Certificat Superieure in French from the Sorbonne University, a bachelor's degree (…

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Stephanie Jones Marioneaux

Stephanie Jones Marioneaux, M.D., received a Certificat Superieure in French from the Sorbonne University, a bachelor's degree (cum laude) in biology from Harvard-Radcliffe University, and a medical degree from the Harvard Medical School. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital, and a residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. She also held fellowships in cornea and external diseases at the Wills Eye Hospital and in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Marioneaux had a solo private practice in ophthalmology, specializing in cornea and external diseases, and in general ophthalmology, specializing in cataract surgery, laser procedures, and corneal transplants for 20 years. She is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, teaching residents and medical students. Among Dr. Marioneaux's honors are the Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award, which she received from the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology in 2011. She has made numerous appearances in the media as an expert and has been quoted in several major publications around the United States. She also has published throughout her career.

Stephanie Jones Marioneaux, M.D.

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Bonnie S. Mason, M.D

Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason

Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and innovator in medical education with expertise in…

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Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason

Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and innovator in medical education with expertise in physician development. A magna cum laude chemistry graduate of Howard University, Dr. Mason completed medical school at Morehouse. She currently has faculty appointments at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and Howard University Hospital. She served on the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and is most engaged as the Founder & Executive Director, Nth Dimensions, Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the field of orthopedic surgery; and Co-Founder & CEO, Beyond the Exam Room, which delivers live curriculum to future and practicing physicians nationwide with the support of experienced faculty. She has also served as the Mentoring Chair for the Gladden Foundation. Dr. Mason is published in 38 online and peer-reviewed journals.

Bonnie Simpson Mason, M.D.

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Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on…

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Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Prior to her position at NIMHD, she was a Professor and Behavioral Epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for 27 years, where she served as the Director of the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC). CADC is a National Institute on Aging-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research that provides pilot study funding and intensive mentoring to underrepresented early-stage investigators focused on aging, minorities, and health disparities. She previously taught health disparities research methods for over 10 years. Dr. Nápoles obtained Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Pomona College.

Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Andrea T. Norris, M.B.A.

Andrea T. Norris, M.B.A.

Andrea T. Norris, M.B.A., is the Director of the Center for Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the…

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Andrea T. Norris, M.B.A.

Andrea T. Norris, M.B.A., is the Director of the Center for Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the National Institutes of Health. As the NIH CIO, she oversees NIH’s $1 billion IT portfolio that supports scientific research, and she directs the implementation of the STRIDES Initiative, which aims to accelerate biomedical advances through improved access to large datasets. As CIT Director, Norris manages a broad range of NIH-wide information and IT services, including a high-speed research network, a high-performance scientific computing system, communication and collaboration platforms and tools, bioinformatics research programs, business solutions and applications, and 24 x7 operations of NIH’s distributed IT environment. Prior to her tenure at NIH, Norris spent more than 10 years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she established strategy, policies, and programs for managing IT systems and services. Before joining NSF, Norris was the Deputy CIO for Management at NASA, where she managed the agency’s $2 billion IT portfolio. Norris has a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in information systems management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the College of William and Mary.

Andrea T. Norris, MBA

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Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., was the inaugural full-time director of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes…

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Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., was the inaugural full-time director of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Associate Director of NIH from 1991 until her retirement in 2011. She has since been named as a Senior Scientist Emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center and is also Professor in the Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation at the University of South Florida. Prior to NIH, she was Professor and Chair of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine, and previously held teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 1995. A graduate and former Trustee of Wellesley College, she earned her M.D. in 1967 from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she was the only woman and only minority in her medical school class. She completed her post-graduate training in Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The Association of American Medical Colleges awarded her a Special Recognition Award for exceptional leadership over a 40-year career.

She has held many professional leadership positions, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees/Advisors of Thomas Jefferson University and Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Pinn is also a Past President and currently Chair of the Past Presidents Council of the National Medical Association. She has received numerous honors and awards, including 15 Honorary Degrees of Science, Law and Medicine. She served as a NAM representative on the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine from 2012 through 2017. The University of Virginia School of Medicine has named one of its four advisory medical student colleges as ‘The Pinn College’, and in 2016, renamed its medical research and education building as ‘Pinn Hall.’ Lectures in women’s health named for her have been established at the NIH, the National Women’s Health Congress, and the NMA. Her oral history is included in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit on women physicians, ‘Changing the Face of Medicine’; in the University of Virginia’s project ‘Explorations in Black Leadership’; and, in The HistoryMakers collection which is now housed in the Library of Congress.

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

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Adrienne W. Scott, M.D

Adrienne W. Scott, M.D

Adrienne W. Scott, M.D., is the chief of the Wilmer Eye Institute – Bel Air, and associate professor of ophthalmology and…

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Adrienne W. Scott, M.D

Adrienne W. Scott, M.D., is the chief of the Wilmer Eye Institute – Bel Air, and associate professor of ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgeon at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Scott’s research focus is the application of novel retinal imaging technology to evaluate patients and screen patients with sickle cell disease with the goal of reducing vision loss from sickle cell retinopathy. Dr. Scott serves as the head of the Retina fellowship training program, and is the medical director of the Wilmer Bel Air clinic and the Wilmer Bel Air ambulatory surgery center.

Dr. Scott received her M.D. degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed her ophthalmology residency at the Duke University Eye Center. During her residency, Dr. Scott received the Ocular Innovation Award, the K. Alexander Dastgheib Eye Surgery Award and the Edward K. Isbey, Jr. M.D. Award for clinical excellence. She remained at the Duke Eye Center to complete her two-year fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery prior to joining the Wilmer faculty.

Adrienne Williams Scott, M.D.

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Belinda Seto, Ph.D.

Belinda Seto, Ph.D.

Belinda Seto, Ph.D., is a lifelong advocate for women in biomedicine and in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics…

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Belinda Seto, Ph.D.

Belinda Seto, Ph.D., is a lifelong advocate for women in biomedicine and in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. She joined the National Eye Institute (NEI) as its deputy director in April 2014. She came to NEI from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, where she served as deputy director for 11 years. After earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University in 1974, Dr. Seto completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the renowned Stadtman Lab of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She researched hepatitis B and vaccine development at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and oversaw the analysis and reporting of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants data through the Office of Extramural Research. Her experience in database management and analysis led her to serve on the executive committee of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative and its oversight body, the NIH Scientific Data Council, which equip researchers with better tools and training for dealing with big data.

Belinda Seto, PhD

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Deborah Smart, M.D.

Deborah Smart, M.D.

Deborah Smart, M.D., is a physician and the CEO of Smart Healthcare Consulting. Dr. Smart received a bachelor of science degree…

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Deborah Smart, M.D.

Deborah Smart, M.D., is a physician and the CEO of Smart Healthcare Consulting. Dr. Smart received a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her career's work has been as a medical consultant to life insurers, disability insurers, and health insurance companies. She is a member of the American Medical Association; American Academy of Family Physicians; National Medical Association; American Council of Life Insurance, where she is a board member; and Vista Health Systems, where she was board chairman 2009–2017. Other memberships include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (life member); The Links, Inc.; and The Sophisticates, Inc.

Deborah Y. Smart, M.D.

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Nora D. Volkow, MD

Nora D. Volkow, MD

Nora D. Volkow, MD, is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).…

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Nora D. Volkow, MD

Nora D. Volkow, MD, is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, she pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs. Dr. Volkow was born in Mexico, attended the Modern American School, and earned her medical degree from the National University of Mexico in Mexico City, where she received the Robins award for best medical student of her generation. Dr. Volkow spent most of her professional career at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, where she held several leadership positions. She has published more than 680 peer-reviewed articles, written more than 100 book chapters and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, and edited four books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders. Dr. Volkow was elected to the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine) and was awarded the Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Volkow was the subject of a 2012 profile piece by CBS’s 60 Minutes and was a featured speaker at TEDMED 2014.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

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