Dr. Bernadine Healy, White House Advisor on Bio-terrorism, to Present Commencement Address
Published: 04/01/2004 05:10 pm

Dr. Bernadine Healy, advisor on weapons of mass destruction and bio-terrorism for the White House, will present the address at the 158th commencement ceremonies for Mount Union College on Sunday, May 9.

Bernadine Healy

Bernadine Healy


Healy served as president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross for two years, from September 1999 - December 2001. She is the nineteenth person to serve as chief executive officer of the Red Cross, the nation's foremost humanitarian organization.

Prior to her presidency of the Red Cross, Healy served as dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health and as professor of medicine at the Ohio State University. During her tenure at Ohio State, the university expanded its programs in cancer research and tumor genetics and created the Heart and Lung Institute. The university received the designation as a Center for Excellence in Women's Health.

In January 1991, President George H. W. Bush appointed Healy as the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While at the NIH, Healy began the NIH Women's Health Initiative, which studied the causes, prevention and cures of diseases that affect women.

Prior to her work at the NIH, Healy was chairman of the Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has served as Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, an appointment made by President Ronald Reagan. She served as chairman of the White House Cabinet Working Group on Biotechnology, executive secretary of the White House Science Council's Panel on the Health of Universities, and served as a member of several advisory groups.

Healy has served as a member of the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital, as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology and as president of the American Federation of Clinical Research. She served as the president of the American Heart Association (AHA), a volunteer role. As president of the AHA, she initiated a Women and Minorities Leadership Task Force and a Women and Heart Disease program.

Healy received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and cardiology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Healy is the author or co-author of many manuscripts on cardiovascular research and health and science policy. She has served as editor-in-chief of the "Journal of Women's Health."