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Elena Ottolenghi Nightingale

academic administrator , educator , geneticist

Elena Ottolenghi Nightingale, American pediatric geneticist, academic administrator, educator. Recipient Walsh McDermott medal, Institute Medicine, 2006.


Nightingale, Elena Ottolenghi was born on November 1, 1932 in Livorno, Italy. Arrived in the United States, 1939, naturalized. Daughter of Mario Lazzaro and Elisa Vittoria (Levi) Ottolenghi.


AB summa cum laude, Barnard College, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Rockefeller University, 1961. Doctor of Medicine, New York University, 1964.


Assistant professor Cornell University Medical College, New York City, 1965—1970, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1970—1973. Fellow in clinical genetics and pediatrics Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, 1973—1974. Senior staff officer National Academy of Sciences, 1975—1977, senior program officer Institute Medicine, 1977—1982, senior scholar-in-residence, 1982—1983.

Special advisor to president Carnegie Corporation New York, New York City, 1983—1994, senior program officer, 1989—1994. Scholar-in-residence Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, since 1995. Visiting associate professor Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1980—1984, visiting lecturer, 1984—1995.

Adjunct professor pediatrics Georgetown University Medical Center, since 1984, George Washington University Medical Center, since 1994. Member recombinant DNA advisory committee National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1979—1983.



Board directors Amnesty International, United States of America, Washington, 1989—1991, Center for Youth Services, Washington, 1980—1984, Science Service, Inc., Washington, 1985—1996. Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science (chairman committee on science freedom and responsibility 1985-1988), New York Academy of Sciences. Member: Institute Medicine of National Academy of Sciences (chairman committee on health and human rights 1987-1990), Genetics Society of America, American Society Human Genetics (social issues committee 1982-1985), American Society Microbiology, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Suart L. Nightingale, July 1, 1965. Children: Elizabeth, Marisa.

Mario Lazzaro Ottolenghi

Elisa Vittoria (Levi) Ottolenghi

Suart L. Nightingale

Elizabeth Nightingale

Marisa Nightingale