Full Name
Diana W. Bianchi, MD
Job Title
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Speaker Bio
Diana W. Bianchi is the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Bianchi oversees an annual budget of approximately $1.7 billion in support of NICHD’s mission to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. Dr. Bianchi received her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and her postgraduate training in Pediatrics, Medical Genetics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bianchi’s research focuses on prenatal genomics with the goal of advancing noninvasive prenatal DNA screening and diagnosis to develop new therapies for genetic disorders that can be administered prenatally.

Prior to NICHD, she spent 23 years at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she was the founding Executive Director of the Mother Infant Research Institute and the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology. She is a Past President of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis and the Perinatal Research Society. She is a former Director of the American Society for Human Genetics and Council Member of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) and American Pediatric Society. She was elected to membership in the Association of American Physicians in 2010 and the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Bianchi received the 2015 Neonatal Landmark Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the 2016 Maureen Andrew Award for Mentorship from SPR, and the 2017 Colonel Harland Sanders Award for lifetime achievement in Medical Genetics from the March of Dimes. In 2020, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Amsterdam and the Health Public Service Visionary Award from the Society for Women’s Health Research. Dr. Bianchi was a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals in 2022.
Diana W. Bianchi, MD