NHLBI Celebrates Women Scientists

In honor of Women’s History Month, the NHLBI will celebrate the accomplishments of women biomedical scientists who have played and are playing key roles in fighting heart, lung, blood, and sleep-related disorders. Check back throughout the month for additions to this impressive list.
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Rachel S. Gross, M.D., M.S., a pediatrician and clinical research investigator, has spent much of her career studying early child obesity, especially in...
Dr. Valerie Flaherman
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When Valerie J. Flaherman, M.D., M.P.H., first started conducting research after medical school, she worked with a mentor who needed help studying breastfeeding...
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Melissa Stockwell, M.D., M.P.H., wears a lot of different hats. She’s a doctor, researcher, educator, and chief of the division of child and adolescent health...
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As a child Andrea S. Foulkes, Sc.D., solved math problems. “I did math at the dinner table,” she explained. “I came from a family of mathematicians.” Foulkes...
Torri D. Metz, M.D.
For Torri D. Metz, M.D., an obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist, conducting research is a way to help patients. The work really suits her, too....
Jessica N. Snowden M.D.
When Jessica N. Snowden, M.D., was in medical school, she was fascinated by tickborne illnesses like murine typhus , which is transmitted by sandfleas. So, it’s...
Claudia Kemper, Ph.D.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, changed the course of science for many researchers, including Claudia Kemper, Ph.D. , the chief of the complement...
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Marion Webster, Ph.D., (1921 – 1985) was a pioneering biochemist at the NHLBI and was among the first wave of women scientists at the National Institutes of...
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Cardiac surgery seemed like the next big frontier to the late Nina Starr Braunwald, M.D., who would later become the first woman to become a cardiac surgeon...
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For nearly 20 years, Julie Panepinto, M.D., MSPH, has been involved in chronic disease research and caring for children with sickle cell disease , a painful...