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Volkow on List of ‘10 Hispanic Pioneers in Medicine’

Dr. Nora Volkow

Dr. Nora Volkow

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Association of American Medical Colleges honored NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow as one of the top 10 Hispanic pioneers in medicine. 

A prolific researcher—she has published more than 780 peer-reviewed papers—Volkow has led the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 2003.

Her work on addiction is personal. A beloved uncle was ostracized because of his alcoholism and her grandfather had been an alcoholic and died by suicide. “Drug addiction is a disease,” she says. 

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