Dr. Bernadine Healy is the Commencement Speaker at Lakeland Community College on Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 am in the Athletic Fitness Center on the college campus. The following is information about Dr. Healy.
Bernadine Healy, M.D.
Bernadine Healy, M.D., a physician educator, consultant and medical leader. She became the president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross on September 1, 1999, retiring in December 2001. In December 2001, she was appointed by President G.W. Bush to the Presidentís Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Before assuming the presidency of the American Red Cross, Dr. Healy served as the dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health and professor of medicine at the Ohio State University since 1995. Under Dr. Healyís leadership, the college, which includes it medical school, a school of public health, and the School of Allied Medical Professions, greatly expanded its program in cancer research and tumor genetics, created the Heart and Lung Institute, received national designation as a Center of Excellence in Womenís Health, and received accreditation for its Public Health program. She chaired The Ohio State University Research Commission, a task force for reviewing university-wide research.
In March of 1997 she became medical consultant for CBS News, which involves commentary on health, medical, and public safety issues approximately two to three times a week on CBSís several network programs.
Dr. Healy is a former past director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was appointed by President Bush to that post in January 1991. As director of NIH, she led a Federal agency with approximately 19,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $11 billion. In addition to supporting the work of 4,000 scientists located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, NIH is the major funding source of biomedical research at universities and hospitals nationwide.
During her tenure at NIH, Dr. Healy established the Shannon Awards, grants designed to foster innovative approaches in biomedical research and keep talented scientists working within a highly competitive grant system during funding lapses; established a major intramural laboratory for human genetics at NIH; and oversaw the elevation of nursing to an Institute for Nursing Research, as well as the reentry of the three biobehavioral institutes into the NIH enterprise. Dr. Healy launched the NIH Womenís Health Initiative, a $625 million effort to study the causes, prevention, and cures of diseases that affect women. Under her leadership, the NIH embarked on its first strategic planning process, involving a broad cross-section of NIH constituencies.
Prior to her appointment at NIH, Dr. Healy was chairman of the Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she directed the research programs of nine departments, including efforts in cardiovascular disease, neurobiology, immunology, cancer, artificial organs, and molecular biology. With an active program of recruitment, fund raising, and strategic planning, the Research Institute more than doubled in size and expanded into newly built research facilities. From the time of her appointment in November 1985 to the present, she has been a member of the staff of the Cleveland Clinic, now in an adjunct role.
In February 1984, Dr. Healy became deputy director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. Her appointment, made by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate in June 1984, involved her in life science and regulatory issues at the Federal level. She served as chairman of the White House Cabinet Working Group on Biotechnology, was executive secretary of the White House Science Councilís Panel on the Health of Universities, and served as a member of several advisory groups, including the Councils of the National Hearth, Lung, and Blood Institute, as well as the White House Working Group on Health Policy and Economics.
From June 1976 until February 1984, Dr. Healy served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital, where she was professor of medicine and cardiology, director of the Coronary Care Unit, and had broad clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities. Dr. Healy also served as assistant dean for post-doctoral programs and faculty development in the medical school. Among her other professional affiliations, Dr. Healy has served on the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology, and as president of the American Federation of Clinical Research from 1983-1984. She served as president of the American Heart Association (AHA), a volunteer role, in 1988-1989óhaving been a member of its Board of Directors since 1983. As AHA president, she initiated a Women and Minorities Leadership Task Force and a Women and Heart Disease program that took hold in affiliated nationwide. She served on the AHAís Committee on Scientific Sessions and was its chairperson from 1983-1985. She was also elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Healy was elected to a six-year term as a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and served on the Visiting Committee to their school of medicine. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of Vassar College. She was formerly chairman of the Ohio Council on Research and Economic Development. Presently she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus. She sits on several corporate boards and has served on numerous public and private advisory committees.
The author or co-author of over 220 peer review manuscripts in cardiovascular research and health and science policy, Dr. Healy has served on several editorial boards. She is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Womenís Health. Her book, entitled, ďA New Prescription for Womenís Health,:Ē was published in 1996 by Viking/Penguin.
A native of New York City, Bernadine Healy graduated from The Hunter College High School. She received her bachelorís degree, summa cum laude, from Vassar College in 1965, and her M.D., cum laude, from Harvard Medical School in June 1970. She completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Healy is married to Dr. Floyd D. Loop and has two daughters, Bartlett and Marie.