March 2, 2018

Colloquium Speaker: Mary Guinan


Mary Guinan, PhD MD, is a physician and scientist who worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta GA for 24 years as a medical epidemiologist and administrator.  She served in the worldwide smallpox eradication program in India and was part of the CDC team that investigated the early AIDS epidemic.  She was the first women to serve as the CDC’s Associate Director for Science, the chief scientific advisor to the Director of CDC. Her work in AIDS is documented in the book and movie “And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts.

In 1998 she left CDC and relocated to Nevada where she became the first woman to serve as the Nevada State Health Officer.  In 2004 she was recruited to UNLV to serve as founding dean of the School of Public Health. The school is on track to be the first accredited School of Public Health in Nevada by 2018. Guinan retired from UNLV in 2014 and is now Dean Emerita.

She received her PhD in Physiology from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Her first book “Adventures of a Female Medical Detective” was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in Spring 2016. She is working on a second book as yet untitled.




Colloquium Topic: Medical Detectives – Mostly unsung, hard working men and women vital to the health of your community

Dr. Guinan will talk about her recently published book, “Adventures of a Female Medical Detective”, how she stumbled into her career as a medical detective and some of her exciting experiences working in the field. These include work in India in the worldwide smallpox eradication program and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating new diseases such as  the emerging AIDS epidemic of the early eighties.