Oct. 11, 2010 — The Institute of Medicine honored members David R. Challoner and Nancy E. Adler for their outstanding service to the institution.  At IOM's 40th annual meeting, Challoner received the Walsh McDermott Medal, awarded to an IOM member for distinguished service over an extended period.  Beginning as an IOM visiting scholar in 1973, Challoner has had a long and productive relationship with IOM and the National Research Council.  During his tenure as IOM foreign secretary, he served as an IOM council member and ex officio council member.  He continues to serve as an expert in international medicine and science.   Challoner chaired IOM's membership committee during its governance discussions with the National Academy of Sciences.  Under his leadership, the committee helped strengthen relations between the two organizations.  Challoner has served on many IOM and Research Council boards and study committees, and he made critical contributions while serving on the Research Council's governing board and the report review committee.  Challoner's intelligence, warmth, charm, good judgment, and consummate diplomacy are among the personal characteristics that have made him a trusted resource over the past 30 years.  Challoner is vice president for health affairs, emeritus, at the University of Florida. 


Adler was presented the David Rall Medal, which is given to an IOM member who has demonstrated particularly distinguished leadership as chair of a study committee or other such activity, showing commitment above and beyond the usual responsibilities of the position.  The award recognizes her service as the chair of two recent IOM study committees.  Adler's outstanding leadership skills proved invaluable in chairing the Committee on Women's Health Research, as the committee often found itself challenged by an abundance of data and struggled to narrow its focus to issues particularly relevant to women.  Her ability to synthesize diverging opinions provided the critical guidance the committee needed to produce a substantive, evidence-based, and well-regarded report.  Adler also chaired the IOM committee that produced Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.  Despite the committee's lengthy and wide-ranging deliberations and the amorphous, often conflicting body of evidence it reviewed, her persistence resulted in a report that contained important, policy-relevant conclusions.  With the insight of an exceptional social scientist, Adler is able to grasp a committee's best ideas, clarify them, and steer the committee forward to produce first-rate reports.  Adler is professor of medical psychology in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and director of the university's Center for Health and Community. 


Nominations for the membership awards were solicited from IOM members and staff.  The Institute of Medicine is a private, nonprofit organization that provides health policy advice under a congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences. (contacts listed below)

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