2004 Excellence in Women's Health Awards Luncheon
May 13, 2004
Rooftop Restaurant at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Warren H. Pearse Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, MD has had a distinguished career working to improve women’s health and the health of minorities. As the first full-time Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, Dr. Pinn has led a national effort to reexamine priorities for the women’s health research agenda for the 21st century.
She has been recognized across the country professionally and within the public sector for her outstanding work and achievements in medicine. Prior to her position at NIH, Dr. Pinn Chaired the Department of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine, becoming the third woman to chair an academic department of Pathology in the United States. Essence Magazine, last year, cited Dr. Pinn among “50 Women Who Are Shaping Our World.” The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health is pleased to present the Warren H. Pearse Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Vivian Pinn for her many accomplishments.
Excellence in Women's Health Awards
Dr. David A. Kessler has had an impressive career in medicine and in the federal government as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Kessler has been the medical director of a major hospital, taught food and drug law and was a consultant to the US Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee before his FDA appointment in 1984. He is currently Dean of the School of Medicine and the Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco. He was formerly the Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine.
In his years at FDA, spanning the Bush and Clinton Administrations, Dr. Kessler was a champion for women and their families. Under his direction, the FDA initiated a number of important women’s health actions, including encouraging the inclusion of women in clinical trials, and assuring high quality mammography. His work to regulate the marketing and sale of tobacco products to children and to commence nutrition labeling for food are among his other notable initiatives. It was during his tenure that the FDA Office of Women’s Health was created, and received his strong support and encouragement.
Congresswoman Judy Biggert has been a champion for women and children both nationally and internationally since her arrival in Congress from the state of Illinois. She was the Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues in the 107th Congress. She has worked to improve funding for women’s health research, victims of violence and childcare for low-income families. She wrote legislation that removes barriers preventing homeless children from receiving an education. In 2001, she sponsored legislation that expanded legal assistance for victims of domestic violence and improved funding for healthcare and education for Afghan women and children. She has also worked to raise awareness of eating disorders. She currently chairs the Energy Subcommittee of the Science Committee.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has been a leader fighting for improved health legislation for women and children. Currently serving as At-Large Democratic Whip, she sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, and co-chairs the House Medical Technology Caucus. She is a member of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus and the Diabetes Caucus. She introduced the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act to allow states to use Medicaid dollars to provide health coverage for low-income women diagnosed with these cancers. Since its enactment, 45 states have provided treatment. She was an original cosponsor of legislation that has doubled the budget of the National Institutes of Health over the last five years. In 2001, she co-sponsored the Microbicide Development Act.