The Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Office leads NIH’s effort to diversify the national scientific workforce and expand recruitment and retention. We invite you on this journey to establish NIH as the national scientific workforce diversity leader by widening and deepening our ways of thinking and practice. As a nation, we can reach new levels of inquiry by encouraging innovative, science-driven thinking made possible by broadening the diversity of thought that comes with a diverse scientific workforce.
Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
Hannah A. Valantine, M.D.
Dr. Hannah Valantine became NIH’s first permanent Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity in March 2014. In this role, Dr. Valantine leads NIH’s effort to diversify the biomedical research workforce by developing a vision and comprehensive strategy to expand recruitment and retention, and promote inclusiveness and equity throughout the biomedical research enterprise.
Dr. Valantine came to the NIH from Stanford University where she served as Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford School of Medicine, and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Valantine studied biochemistry at London University and attended St. George’s Hospital Medical School. She completed her post-graduate work in the field of cardiology in London at Royal Brompton Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital. She moved to the United States to train as a fellow with leading cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, including heart transplant pioneer Norman Shumway, MD, PhD. In addition to a prestigious career in cardiology, Dr. Valantine is a past recipient of the NIH Director’s Pathfinder Award for Diversity in the Scientific Workforce and has a proven record on implementing diversity initiatives in academic medicine.