Member Spotlight: Dr. Virginia Hinshaw

Dr. Hinshaw is Chancellor Emeritus of UH Mānoa (2007-2012) and Professor in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She previously served as Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor at University of California Davis and Dean of the Graduate School/ Vice Chancellor of Research at University of Wisconsin Madison. As a virologist, she conducted research at the Medical College of Virginia, University of California Berkeley, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard Medical School and University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research for over 20 years focused on influenza viruses in humans, lower mammals and birds, especially epidemiology, pathogenicity, immunology and vaccines.

In addition to teaching students and public groups, she established the JABSOM Mini-Medical School on Healthy Aging (MMSHA) for the public, in collaboration with the UH Foundation in 2014. The goal of the MMSHA is to provide Hawaii’s citizens with information on the best way to maintain health and well-being as they age.

She has also collaborated with Oceanic Time Warner and Core Group One in developing an on-demand channel (342/1342) called iAGE. Her innovative teaching style and her continual advocacy for research and education, including opportunities for underrepresented groups, have earned her international recognition and enabled her to establish many productive collaborations around the world.

She currently serves as Director of the MMSHA, provides mentoring to numerous colleagues and students, helps develop philanthropic opportunities and teaches topics related to viruses, speaking and leadership.