Healy, 67, died from recurring brain cancer, which she had battled for 13 years, her husband, Dr. Floyd D. Loop, told the New York Times.
The Times reports, Dr. Healy — a cardiologist and feminist — was a professor at Johns Hopkins University, dean of the Ohio State University medical school, a White House science adviser and president of the American Heart Association. She wrote scientific papers and magazine columns, and once ran for the U.S. Senate.
Forceful, outspoken and a strong advocate for women’s health, Healy appeared frequently on network TV news shows to talk about health issues and wrote a column for U.S. News and World Report.
Healy, a native of Queens, N.Y., earned her medical degree from Harvard. She won a professorship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and became a science adviser to President Reagan in 1984.
She also is survived by a daughter.