Tenley E. Albright, MD

Dr. Albright’s interest in health sciences is based on her years of experience in surgical practice, medical education, and public advocacy. She has played a growing advisory role in the development of medical and health research and policy at the national level as well as at the university level.

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Dr. Albright serves on the Board of Bloomberg Philanthropies and on the Board of Research!America. She is a Consultant and Advisor to the Military Health System, and is a member of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and serves on its Board of Counselors. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Board of Nanobiosym Inc. Dr. Albright has served on the Defense Health Board of the Department of Defense and on the Board of Directors of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and on the board of West Pharmaceutical Services, a public company investigating new types of drug delivery, where she chaired the Technology Committee and served on the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee and as Board Liaison to its Scientific Advisory Board. She has served on the Board of State Street Bank and Trust Company and State Street Corporation and on its Audit Committee. She is also on the Leadership Board at McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Dr. Albright is an honorary member of the surgical staff of the New England Baptist Hospital and has been a member of the Corporation and was a member of its Visiting Committee.

Her faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School is Lecturer in the Program of Surgery. There she has previously served as a Clinical Instructor in Surgery, as a member of the Admissions Committee, and a member of the Visiting Committee to the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and chaired the HMS Alumni Fund. In honor of their father, Tenley and her brother Nile L. Albright, M.D., established the Hollis L. Albright M.D. ’31 Annual Symposium “What’s New at HMS”, highlighting new scientific initiatives at Harvard Medical School.

As former Chair and member of the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents, Dr. Albright developed a special interest in the potential for new technologies to advance medical education and training, surgery, and medical practice. Dr. Albright continued to serve as a consultant to the NLM Board of Regents, on the Board Subcommittee for Outreach and Communication, and chaired the Advisory Board for the national exhibit “Changing Face of Medicine: Women in Medicine.” She also served on the initial advisory committee for the NIH Women’s Health Initiative.

Previously, Dr. Albright was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the President as a delegate to the World Health Assembly for four years and has chaired the White House Fellows Selection Committee for the northeast region. She has also been involved in international polio eradication efforts.

Dr. Albright has received the Research!America Advocacy Award for her work to advance medical and health research. She is also the recipient of the 2011 White House Fellows Valenti Award. Dr. Albright was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October 2015.

After attending Radcliffe College, Dr. Albright received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1961; she has received eight honorary degrees. Dr. Albright was a Gold Medal Olympic Figure Skater.