Center for Women's Health

Marjorie R. Jenkins, M.D.

Executive Director, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health

Dr. Jenkins oversees the multi campus multidisciplinary Institute across the 140,00 square miles of West Texas providing women's health research, professional education and community outreach. A native of Eastern Kentucky, Appalachia, she graduated with honors in chemical engineering from Tennessee Tech University, graduated as valedictorian from medical school from East Tennessee State University of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency training at University of Cincinnati. Dr. Jenkins has worked in private practice and is now an Associate Professor at TTUHSC School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director of Overton Osteoporosis Center; and Director of TTUHSC Amarillo's Women's Health Fellowship Program.

Dr. Jenkins was drawn to women's health as she became aware of the discrepancies in the way women's health issues were addressed and treated and the gap of knowledge about women's health in the medical literature. Dr. Jenkins joined Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in 2001 at the regional campus in Amarillo, Texas which had recently established a Women's Health Research Institute. Since joining TTUHSC she developed the first women's health division and a women's health fellowship training program ( one of 23 in the nation.) She designed and served as Founding Director of the Center for Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine where the focus is on treating the whole woman and applying the rapidly increasing knowledge of gender-specific medicine in designing a state of the art treatment plan for each patient.

Under her leadership and vision the TTUHSC Women's Health Research Institute grew and in 2007 she began the effort to establish a multi-campus multidisciplinary women's health institute. Mrs. Laura W. Bush, and strong women's health advocate, was approached with the request to place the women's health research and education efforts under the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. Dr. Jenkins now serves as the Founding Executive Director of the Institute.

Among Dr. Jenkins leadership efforts as LWBIWH Executive Director, the Institute has four endowed chairs within the Schools of Medicine and Nursing; a multi-campus seed grant program spawning NIH funding in multidisciplinary women's health research; multi cultural women's health symposia with many regional and national collaborative partners.

Dr. Jenkins research focuses on ovarian cancer and gender differences in cardiovascular and cognitive diseases. She is a National Science Foundation researchers. She has authored books and book chapters in the area of medical education; developed a newspaper column in women's health and has multiple research manuscripts. She is a Women's Day Advisory Board member and after completing the prestigious leadership program of ELAM was invited to serve on their National Advisory Board.

Dr. Jenkins awards and honors include Dr. Thomas G. Arnold Cancer Patient Care Award, The Upjohn award, McGraw-Hill Award, Faculty of the Year Award from the TTU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; TTUHSC School of Medicine Dean's Distinguished Faculty Service Award and was chosen as a Texas Woman to Watch and many others. She is a member of the National Vulvodynia Association, International Society of Clinical Densitometry, Texas Medical Society and North American Menopause Society.

She continues to appreciate the privilege providing care for women. Finding answers about the differences between medical illness in men and women will help countless people achieve better health. By teaching the next generation of physicians, nurses and healthcare providers, many will be impacted.