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2019 Luncheon Information

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Vivian W. Pinn, M. D.
Founding Director, (Retired), Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health
Senior Scientist Emerita, National Institutes of Health

Vivian W. Pinn, MD, was the inaugural full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Associate Director of NIH from 1991 until her retirement in 2011.  She has since been named as a Senior Scientist Emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center and is also Professor in the Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation at the University of South Florida.  Prior to NIH, she was Professor and Chair of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine, and previously held teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1995. A graduate and former Trustee of Wellesley College, she earned her M.D. in 1967 from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she was the only woman and only minority in her medical school class. She completed her post-graduate training in Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The Association of American Medical Colleges awarded her a Special Recognition Award for exceptional leadership over a forty-year career. 


She has held many professional leadership positions and currently serves on the Board of Trustees/Advisors of Thomas Jefferson University and Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Pinn is also a Past President and currently Chair of the Past Presidents Council of the National Medical Association. She has received numerous honors and awards, including 15 Honorary Degrees of Science, Law and Medicine, her most recent a Doctor of Science, honoris causa which she proudly received from Howard University in 2018.  She served as a NAM representative on the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine from 2012 through 2017.  The University of Virginia School of Medicine has named one of its four advisory medical student colleges as ‘The Pinn College’, and in 2016, renamed its medical research and education building as ‘Pinn Hall.’  Lectures in women’s health named for her have been established at the NIH, the National Women’s Health Congress, and the NMA.   Her oral history is included in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit on women physicians, ‘Changing the Face of Medicine’; in the University of Virginia’s project ‘Explorations in Black Leadership’; and, in The HistoryMakers collection which is now housed in the Library of Congress.  

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Chief Delrish Moss
City of Ferguson, Missouri

After 32 years at the Miami Police Department, Delrish Moss was sworn in as police chief of Ferguson, Missouri. He was given the task of helping rebuild the Ferguson department following the riots and federal intervention that followed the 2014 shooting death of African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. 

Moss joined the Miami police department in 1984 at age 20. He was motivated to become a police officer by an incident in which a Miami police officer stopped and frisked him for no apparent reason. 


Embarrassed and scared, he decided to become a police officer to teach policemen how to treat others. In 1987 Moss was promoted to uniformed officer where he patrolled predominantly black neighborhoods.  Within two years, he was assigned to investigate murders and other violent crimes as a homicide investigator.

By 1996 Moss moved to the department's Public Information Office, becoming a spokesman and community liaison, including during demonstrations following the 2000 deportation of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba and the 2005 suicide of a Miami commissioner.  He later became Senior executive assistant to police chief, acting as the primary spokesman for the department and executive assistant to the police chief.

After being promoted to major in 2011, Moss was the police chief's primary spokesman and was responsible for "all community outreach, strategic communications, issue and image management, and crisis mitigation" and communication strategies for department initiatives.  This vast experience resulted in Moss being chosen over 53 other applicants for the Ferguson police chief job in 2016.  

In 2018 Moss returned to Miami to care for his ailing mother.  He has since joined Florida International University as the university’s new police captain overseeing day shift patrol operations, as well as serving as the department’s public information officer.

Moss is a fan of jazz and big bands, according to the Miami paper. He also was president of the Miami Police Athletic League and a member of the NAACP.

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