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Diana Bianchi

Diana Bianchi

Director, National Institutes of Health
Diana W. Bianchi, MD has been the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) since 2016. She oversees an annual budget of approximately $1.75 billion in support of NICHD's mission to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. Dr. Bianchi received her M.D. from Stanford and did her post-graduate training in Pediatrics, Medical Genetics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Harvard. She is a Past President of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (ISPD), the Perinatal Research Society and a former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Prenatal Diagnosis. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of ASHG. Dr. Bianchi has received multiple awards, including election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013, the 2015 Neonatal Landmark Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the 2016 Maureen Andrew Award for Mentorship, the 2017 Colonel Harland Sanders Award for lifetime achievement in Medical Genetics from the March of Dimes, and the 2019 Pioneer Award from the ISPD. In 2020, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Amsterdam and the Health Public Service Visionary Award from the Society for Women's Health Research. In 2022 Dr. Bianchi was a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals and she was named as one of's "Fifty Over 50 Women with Impact."