Bernadine Healy helped change the face of medicine and contributed greatly to The Ohio State University and society in general. She was a physician, cardiologist, academic, and first female National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director. She also was a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, professor and dean of the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health at the The Ohio State University, and served as president of the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. Additionally, she was chairman of the Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she directed the research programs of nine departments, including cardiovascular disease, neurobiology, immunology, cancer, artificial organs, and molecular biology, and was a staff member of the clinic’s department of cardiology. She is famously known for her outspoken, innovative policymaking, and was particularly effective in addressing medical policy and research pertaining to women.

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