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The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has appointed its first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Hannah Valantine, M.D. Dr. Valantine, who will start work this spring, formerly served as Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford School of Medicine and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center.
The appointment of a diversity officer at NIH is the result of a recommendation by the Biomedical Research Workforce Diversity Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD). That group determined that the NIH needed a new position dedicated solely to achieving greater diversity at NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, which comprises 27 institutes including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
“Recruiting and retaining the brightest minds regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability and socioeconomic status, is critically important not only to NIH, but to the entire U.S. scientific enterprise,” said NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “Hannah possesses the experience, dedication and tenacity needed to move NIH forward on this critically important issue.”