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Dr. Ber­na­dine Healy, a for­mer Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health di­rec­tor and the leader of the Amer­i­can Red Cross dur­ing the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks nearly 10 years ago, has died at the age of 67. A Har­vard-trained car­di­ol­o­gist, Healy was pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Red Cross from 1999 un­til 2001, af­ter serv­ing for four years as dean of the Ohio State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine. In 1991, she be­came the first woman to di­rect the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health; she held that role un­til 1993. While at the NIH, Healy be­gan the NIH Women’s Health Ini­tia­tive, a $500 mil­lion en­deavor to study the causes, preven­tion and cures of dis­eases that af­fect women. The Associated Press re­ported that Healy had suf­fered from brain cancer, al­though no for­mal cause of death has been an­nounced.


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