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Ruth L. Kirschstein, M.D. (1926-2009)
MSA SC 3520-14066


Born in Brooklyn, New York.  M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine.  Internship, medicine and surgery, Kings County Hospital.  Residency, pathology, Providence Hospital, Detroit; Tulane University Hospital; National Institutes of Health.  Died October 6, 2009, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Member, Institute of Medicine.  Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Awards received include the Georgeanna Seegar Jones Women's Health Lifetime Achievement Award, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's Public Service Award, the American Medical Association's Dr. Nathan Davis Award, the Harvey Wiley FDA Special Citation, Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the PHS Equal Opportunity Achievement Award and the Alice C. Evans Award.  The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding renamed the NIH's National Research Service Award after Dr. Kirschstein, for her service to the nation, commitment to future generations of scientists. Volunteer, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB).  Involved in the establishment of MARC, a program for minorities at the National Institutes of Health.  Helped to establish the Human Genome Project, National Institutes of Health.  She has recruited women scientists, recommended them for peer review panels, and supported their membership in the Institute of Medicine.  Acting Director, National Institutes of Health, 2000 to 2002.  Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health, 2003-09.  Inductee, Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 2003.

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