NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NINR/      

National Institute of Nursing Research: Biographical Sketch of NINR Director

Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., R.N.

Dr. Grady became the institute’s second permanent director on April 3, 1995. She earned her undergraduate degreee in nursing from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She continued her graduate education at the University of Maryland receiving a master’s degree in nursing from the School of Nursing and a doctorate in physiology from the School of Medicine. She held several academic positions and served concurrently on the faculties of the University of Maryland Schools of Nursing and Medicine.

An internationally recognized stroke researcher, her scientific focus has primarily been in stroke, with emphasis on arterial stenosis and cerebral ischemia. She has authored or coauthored numerous articles and papers on hypertension, cerebrovascular permeability, vascular stress, and cerebral edema. She is a member of the editorial board of Stroke, and has served as a reviewer for the journal, Science.

In 1988, Dr. Grady joined NINDS as an extramural research program administrator in the areas of stroke and brain imaging. Two years later, she served on the NIH Task Force for Medical Rehabilitation Research, which established the first long-range agenda for the field of medical rehabilitation research. In 1992, she assumed the responsibilities of NINDS assistant director. From 1993 to 1995, she was deputy director and acting director of NINDS. Recently Dr. Grady was appointed to the Clinical Center Board of Governors.

Dr. Grady is a member of several scientific organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Neurological Association. She is also a fellow of the American Heart Association Stroke Council.

She has been recognized with several prestigious honors and awards for her leadership and scientific accomplishments. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1996. That same year she received the honorary degree of doctor of public service from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Grady also presented the first Rozella M. Schlotfeld distinguished lecture in 1996 at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. The Council on Cardiovascular Nurses of the American Heart Association selected her their 1995 Excellence in Nursing Lecturer. In 1995 she received a PHS Superior Service Award for her exceptional leadership as NINDS acting director.

Directors of NINR

NameDate of Birth Dates of Office
Doris H. Merritt (Actg)1923April 18, 1986June 1987
Ada Sue Hinshaw1939June 6, 1987June 30, 1994
Suzanne S. Hurd (Actg).........................July 1, 1994April 2, 1995
Patricia A. Grady.........................April 3, 1995 


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