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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) welcomed 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 42nd annual meeting in October 2012. Among the members were four NYAM Fellows. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
The NYAM Fellows elected to membership are David A. Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego; Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; George Hripcsak, MD, MS, Vivian Beaumont Allen Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University; and Andrew I. Schafer, MD, E. Hugh Luckey Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Physician-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
"The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of whom has significantly advanced health and medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others. We look forward to drawing on their knowledge and skills to improve health through the work of the IOM."
Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards, and other activities. Projects during the past year include studies of environmental factors in breast cancer, health IT and patient safety, nutrition rating systems and graphics on food packaging, the scientific necessity of chimpanzees in research, establishing crisis standards of care during catastrophic disasters, improving care for epilepsy, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, President of NYAM, serves as Foreign Secretary for the IOM.
Posted on January 16, 2013
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