AAPI Heritage Month 2020

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Uniting NIH by Empowering People to Advance Equity.

While we focus on diversity, inclusion, and leadership to advance the AAPI community, it is also important to utilize empowerment as a means to increase representation in the workplaceto work toward a unified voice. Unity gives us courage, power, and strength, and by empowering equality, we ensure that every individual has an equal opportunity to make themost of their lives and talents.

Celebrating Dr. Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek Murthy

For AAPI month, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion joins FAPAC in highlighting the incredible achievements of Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., who served as the 19th United States Surgeon General under President Barack Obama’s administration from December 2014 to April 2017.

Learn more about Dr. Murthy and why we’re celebrating his contributions to the field.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Trailblazers in Science

In celebrating the achievements of Dr. Vivek Murthy, EDI also highlights the accomplishments of individuals in the AAPI community who have embodied the spirit of Dr. Murthy in their scientific work and contributions at the NIH.

Dr. Noni Byrnes

Dr. Noni Byrnes

Center for Scientific Review

Dr. Byrnes leads efforts ensuring diverse representation among both reviewers and grantees and ensuring the peer review process leads to outstanding and impactful science being conducted across the United States and the world.

Dr. Maryland Pao

Dr. Maryland Pao

Clinical Director
Intramural Research Program, Deputy Scientific Director National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Pao is honored for her extraordinary work, pushing the boundaries, and achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health.

Dr. Zhiyong Lu

Dr. Zhiyong Lu

Deputy Director, Literature Search
National Center for Biotechnology National Library of Medicine

Most recently, Dr. Lu played a key role in developing LitCovid, an open-resource literature hub that curates the most comprehensive collection of international research papers on the new coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Dr. Leighton Chan

Dr. Leighton Chan

Rehabilitation Medicine NIH Clinical Center

Dr. Chan’s research speaks to the core of NIH's mission statement; to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

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