AMWA Past President, Mary Guinan PhD, MD, professor emeritus and founding dean of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Public Health was honored with the naming of the Mary Guinan Room in the newly opened building to house the UNLV School of Public Health.
Dr. Guinan began her medical career at the Centers for Disease and Prevention where she was instrumental working on the worldwide smallpox eradication program as well as a member of the task force that investigated the first cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome/human immunodeficiency virus (AIDS/HIV) in the early 1980s.
The recognition of Dr. Guinan’s contributions is amplified by the company she keeps. Three other rooms at the UNLV School of Public Health were named for similarly distinguished public health leaders who advanced our understanding and management of major health challenges—John Snow, MD, who is deemed the founder of modern epidemiology; Louis Pasteur, PhD, who developed the process of pasteurization and developed vaccines for anthrax and rabies; and, Jonas Salk, MD, who developed the first successful polio vaccine.
Dr. Guinan was board certified in internal medicine, with a subspeciality in infectious diseases, and in preventive medicine and public health. She is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for excellence in research. For more about Dr. Guinan, read her biography.