Dr. Pinn was the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She took on that role in 1991 at the request of Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, another pioneering woman who was at that time Deputy Director of the NIH. The NIH is the medical research agency for the United States and the largest source of research funding for medical research in the world.
The ORWH is responsible for developing a strategic plan that helps guide the research agenda for NIH funding of projects related to women’s health. In 1994, the NIH revised its inclusion policy to meet this mandate that women and minorities must be included in all of its clinical research studies. What a challenge to take on the role of inaugural Director of a new office at the NIH!
Despite her many firsts and her array of accomplishments, Dr. Pinn remains down-to-earth, approachable, and driven! The best way for you to get a glimpse into how amazing a person she is – listen to her words. Here is the full transcript of an interview Dr. Pinn gave at UVA for their Explorations in Black Leadership series.
I first saw Dr. Pinn in the early 2000’s during an awards Gala for the National Medical Fellowships. I was an NMF scholar; she was one of the special guests. As she took the stage, I saw beauty, intelligence, strength, determination, expertise – all in one person. Dr. Pinn represented everything I aspired to be!
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