June 24, 2024

Speaker Highlight : Yvonne Maddox, PhD - Meeting Moderator and Commentator

Dr. Maddox has a life-long commitment to healthcare equity for all women and children and has worked to overcome health disparities for minorities. She was awarded a BS in biology from Virginia Union College and a PhD in physiology from Georgetown University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Management Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Prior a distinguished career in the federal government she held research positions at a number of universities. She began her government career as a health scientist administrator at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Rising to the senior management ranks, she become the Deputy Director of the Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Under her leadership the NICHD instituted multiple programs aimed at producing excellent outcomes in women’s and children’s health. From January 2000 until June 2002, Dr. Maddox was the Acting Director for the National Institutes of Health during the Geroge W. Bush Administration prior to his appointment of the NIH Director.  In 2014 she assumed the Acting Directorship of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  Following her retirement from NIH  she assumed the position of Vice-President for Research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, know as USUHS. She is now the President of the TA Thorton Foundation, non-profit supporting research in the science that underpins health. She will be the moderator of the Reducing Maternal Mortality: Strategies that Work Meeting on September 24, 2024 . She will also provide commentary on this important challenge drawing on her depth of experience.