Dr. Marjorie Jenkins M.D., FACP
Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, Director of Medical Initiatives and Policy Advancement at the FDA office of Women's Health
From a journey that began in the foothills of rural Appalachia as the youngest of eight children, Dr. Jenkins initially began with a career in Chemical Engineering. Feeling yet another calling, her journey continued into medicine, with the career combination providing the foundation for her true passion, which would apply scientific evidence to how men and women differ in healthcare needs. She refers to herself as a, “womanologist” who just happens to be a recovering Chemical Engineer.
Dr. Jenkins is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Women in Health and Science at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) where she holds the J Avery “Janie” Rush Endowed Chair for Excellence in Women’s Health. At TTUHSC she works with a group of talented faculty and students in developing the first US medical school, pharmacy school and nursing school curricula in sex and gender medicine. She is engaged nationally and serves as an executive council member of the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative, a member of the Women’s Health Task Force of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a founding board member for the Academy of Women’s Health, and an expert panel member for the HRSA Women’s Health Curricula: Report on Interprofessional Collaboration Across the Health Professions.
Possessing a unique combination of skills and with her passion as the driving force, Dr. Jenkins wrote a proposal to then First Lady Laura W. Bush to create the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health (LWBIWH) at TTUHSC. The LWBIWH is dedicated to research and education focused on sex and gender differences. Stemming from Dr. Jenkins leadership the Laura W. Bush Institute at TTUHSC was established and has expanded to five cities in West Texas. TTUHSC is a leading voice in moving forward the national and international conversation about the clear need for researchers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and students who are aware of the health differences between the female & male genders.
By invitation, Dr. Jenkins has delivered in excess of 100 presentations to professional and public audiences and co-authored numerous works in both the scientific and public arena. In 2014, she co-authored "Eat Like a Woman," with Staness Jonekos. She has been honored with many awards such as Soroptimist’s “Woman of the Year,” the Business and Professional Women’s “Texas Women to Watch,” and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Taking Care of Our Own.” She has been recognized with the TTUHSC President’s Community Engagement Award, the TTUHSC School of Medicine Most Published Faculty and is a 2013 Texas SuperDoc. In addition, Dr. Jenkins continues to find the time to educate men and women through her radio show via KGNC News Talk 710 and on her blog.
Dr. Jenkins and husband Steve are parents to three wonderful children, Katharine, Matthew and Rebecca. Living in an environment so in tune to gender differences, Dr. Jenkins children often have spirited conversations about sex and gender differences over dinner. Spare time allows Dr. Jenkins to enjoy biking, and she and Steve enjoy cooking exciting and diverse foods for family and friends.
When asked for a summation as to why it is imperative for sex and gender differences to be integrated throughout the world, Dr. Jenkins flashes a telling smile that let’s whomever asked know that a statement of conviction is to follow. Her reply: “You have to know the difference to make a difference!”