Dr. John Ruffin is the director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities and is recognized worldwide for his work in improving the health status of minority populations in the United States and in developing and supporting educational programs for minority researchers and health care practitioners. Dr. Ruffin is committed to conceptualizing, developing and implementing innovative programs that create new learning opportunities and exposure for minority and health-disparity students and faculty. A native of New Orleans and a 1965 graduate of Dillard University, Dr. Ruffin received a master’s degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate in systematic and developmental biology at Kansas State. From 1978-86, Dr. Ruffin was a professor of biology at North Carolina Central. From 1986-90, he was NC Central’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has been with the National Institute of Health since 1990.