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Mary Guinan

Mary Guinan


Dean Emerita

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Community Health Sciences


Mary Guinan is a physician, scientist and author who worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, 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.”

In 1998, Mary became the first women to be appointed State Health Officer for the governor of Nevada. In 2004, she was recruited to serve as founding dean at the public health school of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is now Dean Emerita.

She has been a member of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) for over 40 years and served in many leadership roles including president (2011).

Her first book, “Adventures of a Female Medical Detective,” was published in 2016. She is working on a second book as yet untitled.