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Vivian W. Pinn, MD

Dr. Vivian Pinn was the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and was associate director for research on women’s health (NIH), positions she held for twenty years until her retirement in 2011. Since her retirement, she has been named as a Senior Scientist Emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center. Prior to her tenure at NIH, Dr. Pinn was chair of the Department of Pathology at the Howard University College of Medicine, and held teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University, where she was also Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Pinn has held leadership positions in many professional organizations, including President of the National Medical Association, and is currently Chair of the NMA Past Presidents Council. A graduate and Alumna Achievement Award recipient as well as a former Trustee of Wellesley College, Dr. Pinn earned her M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the only woman or minority in her class. The University of Virginia School of Medicine has named one of its four advisory medical student colleges as ‘The Pinn College’ in her honor. Her oral history is included in the University of Virginia’s project ‘Explorations in Black Leadership’ conducted by Julian Bond. Dr. Pinn is a recipient of the UVA Women’s Center Distinguished Alumna Award.