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Director of NIMHD Announces Retirement, Acting Director Named

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John Ruffin, PhD, announced his retirement as director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Ruffin joined the NIH in 1990 as head of the Office of Minority Programs (now the Office of Research on Minority Health). In 2001, he was appointed as the inaugural Director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and has continued to lead the NIMHD since the Center gained Institute status in 2010.

Yvonne T. Maddox, PhD, has been named as acting director. In her new role, Dr. Maddox will oversee the NIMHD budget and will provide leadership to the NIH on matters related to minority health and health disparities research. Prior to joining NIMHD, Dr. Maddox was the deputy director of the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Among a number of leadership roles she has held at the NIH, Dr. Maddox previously served as acting deputy director of the NIH from January 2000 to June 2002 and was co-chair of the first NIH Strategic Plan to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities.

Dr. Maddox is a cardiovascular physiologist. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Virginia Union University and PhD in physiology from Georgetown University, and she is a graduate of the Senior Managers in Government Program of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Additionally, she studied as a visiting scientist at the French Atomic Energy Commission in Saclay, France. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including: the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award; Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award; United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) …

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