Joan McGowan, PhD, retired in 2018 from the National Institutes of Health where she served as Program Director for Bone Biology and Bone Diseases and then for the last 10 years as the Director of the Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Before joining NIH, Dr. McGowan was a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She received training at Cornell (MS) and Brown University (PhD). Dr. McGowan was very active in osteoporosis and women’s health activities at NIH including serving as the NIH liaison to the National Bone Health Alliance and the US Bone and Joint Initiative. She co-chaired the Federal Working Group on Bone Diseases and was the NIH organizer of a Consensus Development Conference on Optimal Calcium Intake in 1994 and one on Osteoporosis held in 2000. She was also the Senior Scientific Editor of Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General. In 2011, she received the ASBMR Shirley Hohl Service Award and in 2018 the President’s Special Recognition Award.