Date:  Oct. 8, 2007

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Institute of Medicine Elects 65 New Members, Four Foreign Associates


WASHINGTON -- The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced the names of 65 new members, raising its total active membership to 1,538.  In addition, the Institute elected four individuals as foreign associates, bringing the total members in that category to 84.  With another 70 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is now 1,692.


"It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg.  "Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.  Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health."


Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their professional achievement and commitment to service.  An unusual diversity of talent is assured by the Institute's charter, which stipulates that at least one-quarter of the membership be selected from outside the health professions, from such fields as the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as law, administration, engineering, and the humanities.


The Institute of Medicine is unique for its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization.  Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on human health issues.  With their election, members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of IOM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.


Studies completed in the past year include: Seafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks, which provides information to help consumers make informed and appropriate decisions about seafood consumption; Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation, an agenda for further reducing and preventing the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products; Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth, which recommends standards for the nutritional content, sale, and consumption of foods and beverages offered outside of federally reimbursable meals; PEPFAR Implementation: Progress and Promise, an assessment of the impact of the U.S. government's global HIV/AIDS relief initiative and of the resources and improvements needed; A 21st Century System for Evaluating Veterans for Disability Benefits, which says that the way veterans are rated for benefits is out of sync with modern concepts of disability and recommends an overhaul of the tools used to determine veterans' compensation; and Cancer Biomarkers: The Promises and Challenges of Improving Detection and Treatment, a call for an integrated approach to research and development of new molecular tools that could lead to individually tailored and more effective cancer treatment.


Newly elected members of the Institute of Medicine are:


James P. Allison, Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and chair, immunology program, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York City


Robert J. Alpern, M.D., dean, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.


Richard A. Andersen, Ph.D., James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience, division of biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena


David A. Asch, M.D., M.B.A., Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, and executive director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Bruce J. Baum, D.M.D., Ph.D., chief, gene transfer section, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.


Ron Brookmeyer, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics and chair, master of public health program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore


Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital Professor of Anaesthesia,  Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and professor of computational neuroscience, health sciences, and technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston


Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair, department of medical history and ethics, and adjunct professor, department of medicine, University of Washington, Seattle


Frederick M. Burkle Jr., M.D., M.P.H., senior scholar and visiting professor, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and research scientist, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore; and director, Asia-Pacific Center for Biosecurity, Disaster, and Conflict Research, and adjunct professor, departments of tropical medicine and of public health sciences and epidemiology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu


Kathryn Calame, Ph.D., professor, departments of microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biophysics, Columbia University, New York City


Michael L. Callaham, M.D., chief, division of emergency medicine, Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco


Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D., director, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, and distinguished professor, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla


Aravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular biology, and genetics, and director, Center for Complex Disease Genomics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore


Leighton Chan, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., chief, rehabilitation medicine department, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.


Richard D. Clover, M.D., dean, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.


Joel D. Cooper, M.D., professor and chief, division of thoracic surgery, department of surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia


Kay Dickersin, Ph.D., professor, department of epidemiology, and director, Center for Clinical Trials, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore


Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president, Health Science Center, and vice chancellor for health affairs, Texas A&M University, College Station


Andrew P. Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., King Fahd Professor of Medicine, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Oncology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore


Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., F.A.C.C., Robert Dunning Dripps Professor and chair, department of anesthesiology and critical care, and professor of medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia


Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., professor of health services, School of Public Health; professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine; and director, cancer prevention and control research, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Los Angeles


Arthur Garson Jr., M.D., M.P.H., executive vice president and provost, University of Virginia, Charlottesville


Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, and professor of medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta


Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., professor of environmental health sciences and chair, interdepartmental program in applied public health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore


Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D., professor and chair, department of behavioral science, and Olla S. Stribling Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston


Victoria G. Hale, Ph.D., founder and board chair, Institute for OneWorld Health, San Francisco


Katherine A. High, M.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and William H. Bennett Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia


Alan H. Jobe, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine; and director of perinatal biology, department of pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati


William G. Kaelin Jr., M.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston


Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, D.C.


K. Ranga Rama Krishnan, M.B., Ch.B., professor and chair, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; and executive vice dean, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore 


Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health, and professor of internal medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.


Eric B. Larson, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.C.P., director, Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Seattle


Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., Isadore Lampe Professor and chair, department of radiation oncology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor


Ronald Levy, M.D., professor and chief, division of oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.


David A. Lewis, M.D., professor, departments of psychiatry and neuroscience, and director, translational neuroscience program, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh


Michael T. Longaker, M.D., Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor and director of children's surgical research, department of surgery; director, program in regenerative medicine; and deputy director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.


Susan E. Mackinnon, M.D., Sydney M. Jr. and Robert H. Shoenberg Professor and chief, division of plastic surgery, department of surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis


Cynthia D. Mulrow, M.D., deputy editor, Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, San Antonio


Christopher J.L. Murray, M.D., D.Phil., professor of global health and director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle


James M. Ostell, Ph.D., chief, information engineering branch, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.


Luis F. Parada, Ph.D., professor and Diana K. and Richard C. Strauss Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology, department of developmental biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas 


Timothy A. Pedley, M.D., Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neurology and chair, department of neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City


Herbert B. Peterson, M.D., professor and chair, maternal and child health, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill


Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.


John Edward Porter, J.D., partner, health law, Hogan and Hartson, Washington, D.C.


Louis J. Ptácek, M.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and John C. Coleman Distinguished Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco


Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., professor, department of epidemiology and biostatistics; Dielmann Chair in health disparities and community outreach research; and director, Institute for Health Promotion Research, School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio


Jeffrey V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D., Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Professor and head, Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology, Rockefeller University, New York City


Roberto Romero, M.D., chief, perinatology research branch, and program director for obstetrics and perinatology, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Detroit


David A. Savitz, Ph.D., Charles W. Bluhdorn Professor, department of community and preventive medicine, and director, Center of Excellence in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Disease Prevention, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City


David T. Scadden, M.D., Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine and co-chair, department of stem cell and regenerative biology, and co-director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard University; and director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


Matthew P. Scott, Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor of developmental biology, genetics, and bioengineering, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.


Jonathan G. Seidman, Ph.D., Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston


Jonathan S. Skinner, Ph.D., Joan Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor, and John French Professor of Economics, department of economics, Dartmouth College; and professor of community and family medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.


Arnold W. Strauss, M.D., B.K. Rachford Professor and chair of pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and medical director, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati


Thomas C. Südhof, M.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and chair, department of neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas


B. Katherine Swartz, Ph.D., professor of health economics and policy, department of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston


Paul C. Tang, M.D., M.S., vice president and chief medical information officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif.; and consulting associate professor, bioinformatics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.


Mary E. Tinetti, M.D., Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, and director, Yale Program on Aging, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. 


Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair Professor, departments of neurosciences, radiology, and medicine, and director, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis


Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., professor, division of risk reduction and health promotion, and director, Center for Health Promotion, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor   

Edward H. Wagner, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.,
director, W.A. MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle


Keith A. Wailoo, Ph.D., Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History, and professor, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.


Carolyn L. Westhoff, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City


Foreign Associates:


Zhu Chen, Ph.D., minister of health, People's Republic of China; and professor, RuiJin Hospital, Shanghai JiaoTong University School of Medicine, Beijing


Andrew Haines, M.D., M.B. B.Ch., director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London


Ann-Louise Kinmonth, M.A., M.D., F.Med.Sci., professor of general practice and head of general practice and primary care research unit, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England


Peter Henry St. George-Hyslop, M.D., University Professor, department of medicine, division of neurology, University of Toronto, Toronto; and professor of experimental neuroscience, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England


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