|Five New Members Named to NIH Advisory Committee on Research
on Women’s Health
Bethesda, Maryland — Five new members have been appointed
to the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (ACRWH), which will hold
its semiannual meeting on March 27 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
in Bethesda, Md. The new members are: Constance Howes, J.D.,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode
Founder and President of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal
Disorders; Eugene P. Orringer, M.D., Executive Associate Dean
for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development in the School of Medicine at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Susan P. Sloan, M.D.,
Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Residency Program Director of Internal
Medicine at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University;
W.K. Yee, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Family and Consumer Sciences
at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 charges the Advisory Committee with advising
the Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health on appropriate research
activities to be undertaken by the national research institutes with respect
to women’s health research. The committee is composed of up to 18 members who
are appointed by the NIH Director.
Ms. Howes brings to the ACRWH many years of experience in hospital and health
care administration. She is President and CEO of Women and Infants Hospital
in Rhode Island, a regional perinatal center affiliated with Brown Medical School
providing tertiary and primary services to women and infants. Ms. Howes has served
as general counsel to businesses with concentration in general business and corporate
law, administrative law, and hospital law, and as General Counsel of Care, New
England Hospital System. Her legal expertise and administrative perspective will
provide insights into trends in health care that affect women’s health research.
As Founder and President of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal
Disorders (IFFGD) and as Chairperson of the Digestive Disease National Coalition,
Ms. Norton brings the patient support group perspective to the ACRWH. Ms. Norton
founded the IFFGD 14 years ago and continues to serve the digestive disease community
in this capacity. She dedicates a great deal of time and effort to seeking scientific
progress on functional gastrointestinal disorders, many of which disproportionately
affect women. Her extensive knowledge in women’s issues will make her a valuable
asset to the committee.
Dr. Orringer, a physician with a specialty in hematology/oncology, has extensive
experience in research support infrastructure that can provide the ACRWH with
the benefit of his long-standing expertise in these areas. As a Principal Investigator
in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)
program, Dr. Orringer brings knowledge about the importance of training a new
cadre of researchers doing interdisciplinary research on women’s health as well
as his unique and successful approaches to mentoring. His intimate knowledge
of the ORWH career programs will be of great importance in evaluating career
Dr. Sloan’s expertise and education span the fields of education, law, and medicine.
She combined her research interest in osteoporosis with her work among the American
Indian population most recently by looking at bone density in American Indians.
She served as Secretary of the Association of American Indian Physicians and
as President and committee member of the Association of Native American Medical
Students, a national organization. She received the American Medical Women’s
Association 2005 Local Legend from Tennessee Award as part of the National Library
of Medicine “Changing the Face of Medicine” exhibit on women physicians.
Dr. Yee’s current research examines how gender, health literacy, and acculturation
influences health benefits and lifestyle practices across three generations of
Vietnamese and Pacific Islanders living in the United States. She served on the
editorial boards of the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences,
Psychology and Aging, and Topics of Geriatric Rehabilitation. She is a member of the PHS
Expert Panel of Minority Women’s Health, and the HRSA steering committee for
the Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness. Dr. Yee is a fellow of the
American Psychological Association and Gerontological Society of America. She
was awarded the Okura Community Leadership Award in 2004 from the Asian American
Psychological Association, Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, for outstanding
community leadership that benefits the Asian American community.
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