Healthcare lost a true leader, Dr. Bernadine Healy

Dr. Bernadine Healy (photo taken from NIH library)

Dr. Bernadine Healy, an influential leader in healthcare, died this Saturday at 67 when she lost her 13 year battle with brain cancer. Dr. Healy’s career was filled with leadership positions in cardiology research, governmental agencies, higher education and large non-profits like the Red Cross.

Dr. Healy was a pioneer in a male dominated field, as one of only ten women in her class at Harvard Medical School, and as the first woman director of the National Institute of Health. Dr. Healy also made significant changes to woman’s health with her allocation of funds toward woman-specific research while at NIH. Dr. Healy’s legacy lives on in her policy changes, vast research, as well as being an outstanding example for other woman in health to follow.


Bernadine Healy (third row, third from left) with her medicine school class. (taken from NIH library)

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