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Tiffany S. McNair, MD, MPH ’13

Bloomberg Alumna Brings a Public Health Perspective to Washington


While her training as an ob-gyn established a solid foundation in caring for women at the individual level, McNair remarked that preventive medicine “helped crystallize my thinking and gave me the framework to address family, community, and society-level factors in a more systematic way.” During her time as a preventive medicine resident, she served as a consultant, project leader, and researcher at a variety of public health agencies, including the Baltimore City Health Department, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In her diversity of roles, McNair applied a multidisciplinary skillset to solve complex public health problems, while continuing her advocacy on behalf of vulnerable women and communities.  

McNair is currently gaining frontline federal policy experience as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Vice President, where she works on issues related to violence against women. In this capacity, she has helped lead such efforts as the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault; a Federal Interagency Workgroup on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender-Related Health Disparities; and initiatives to address the national rape kit backlog. On the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), McNair authored a White House blog post about the positive impact VAWA has had on the patients and communities she serves. In another blog post, she highlighted federal contributions to the fight against the intersecting epidemics of HIV/AIDS and intimate partner violence among women and girls.  Most recently, during April’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, she blogged about the It’s On Us movement to not only increase awareness but also incite action to end sexual violence on college and university campuses. 

The White House Fellows are selected for their promise as American leaders with a strong commitment to public service.  As McNair reminds herself, “To whom much is given, much is required. I am grateful for opportunities and platforms such as this to serve those most in need. Today, I am able to bring to bear my diverse professional experiences, identities, and skillsets in order to care for national and global communities of women and girls. I look forward to the next steps that will allow me to continue this important and required work.”