• Vivian W. Pinn Returns to Suffolk


Vivian W. Pinn, Ph.D., director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will return to Suffolk University as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar March 26-28, 2008.

“Her last visit to Suffolk in October, 2006, was brief,” says Martha Richmond, professor of Chemistry/Bio-Chemistry, “but generated much enthusiasm among those who were able to meet with her and to hear her public presentation. We are fortunate that she is able to return for a longer visit.”

Pinn will meet with students, staff and faculty and deliver a public lecture on Thursday, March 27, "The Role of Public Advocacy in the Evolution of the Science of Women's Health" at 1pm in Sawyer 427/429, and a lecture on Friday, March 28, "Women and Biomedical Careers: Addressing Gender Bias and Barriers" at 1pm in the Poetry Center, Sawyer Library, 73 Tremont Street. A welcoming reception will be held for Pinn on Wednesday, March 26 at 3pm in the McDermott Conference Room.

At NIH, Pinn works with various institutes to coordinate research and develop programs that address women’s health issues. Prior to NIH, Pinn served as professor and chair of the Department of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington D.C. She has held appointments at Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, and served as the 88th president of the National Medical Association (and second female president).

Pinn began her early education in schools in Lynchburg, Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and her M.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, where she was the only woman and person of color to graduate in 1967.  She returned to Massachusetts to complete her postgraduate training in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, also serving as a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. Pinn is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1995.

The recipient of nine Honorary Degrees of Law and Science since 1992, Pinn has also received an Alumni Achievement Award from Wellesley College, the James D. Bruce Memorial Award by the American College of Physicians, the Athena Award from the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University, and the Catherine McFarland Award from the University of Pennsylvania. 

She has been featured in several magazines; in 1994, Cosmopolitan named her as one of "The Big Time 8 (in feminism now) - who got where only men got before," and in 2003, Essence magazine recognized Pinn as one of "50 Women Who Are Shaping Our World."

Pinn’s visit is the sixth in the spring line-up of Distinguished Visiting Scholars at the College of Arts & Sciences, a program launched in 2005 to bring nationally and internationally renowned scholars, artists, and intellectuals to the Boston campus for stays ranging from one week to a month.

Suffolk’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars contribute to the creative and intellectual vitality of the entire University by teaching courses, leading workshops and roundtables, and delivering public lectures. The scholars also have numerous informal opportunities to interact, consult, and collaborate with members of the Suffolk community during their residency.

Additional information about the program, as well as the schedule of speakers for spring 2008, is available online, at http://www.suffolk.edu/college/385.html.

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