Patricia A. Grady is the director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgetown University, and received a master s degree from the University of Maryland s School of Nursing and a doctorate in physiology from the university s School of Medicine.
Before coming to NIH, Dr Grady held several academic positions and served concurrently on the faculties of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and School of Medicine. In 1988, Dr Grady joined the NIH as an extramural research program administrator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), managing the areas of stroke and brain imaging. Two years later, she served on the NIH Task Force for Medical Rehabilitation Research, which established the first long range research agenda for the field of medical rehabilitation research. In 1992, she joined NINDS as an assistant director, eventually becoming deputy director and acting director.
An internationally recognized researcher, Dr Grady s scientific focus has been primarily in stroke, with emphasis on arterial stenosis and cerebral ischemia. She has authored or coauthored numerous articles on hypertension, cerebrovascular permeability, and arterial stenosis. Dr Grady is an editorial board member on the journals Stroke, Stroke and Cerebral Vascular Diseases, and Neuro Rx, The Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. Dr Grady lectures on a wide range of topics, including future directions in nursing research, developments in the neurological sciences, and federal research opportunities.
Dr Grady was the first awardee of the Centennial Achievement Medal from the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and was named the inaugural Rozella M. Schlotfeld distinguished lecturer at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. In 2005, Columbia University School of Nursing honored her with its prestigious Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care. Dr Grady was recently named one of the top 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.