Date: Oct. 18, 2004
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FoR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Institute of Medicine Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates

WASHINGTON -- The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies today announced the names of 65 new members, raising the Institute's total active membership to 1,416. In addition, the Institute honored five individuals by election to foreign associate membership, bringing the total members in that category to 76.

"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 issues related to human health. 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 from the Institute completed in the past year include: Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, which offers a comprehensive strategy for curbing the rising number of overweight and obese children; Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis, a report that examines which approaches hold the most promise for improving detection and diagnosis and calls for improving access to mammography; Damp Indoor Spaces and Health, which found associations between certain respiratory problems and exposure to damp or moldy indoor environments; Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, which recommends ways to improve people's ability to understand and use health information; and Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations, the final report of a series dealing with uninsurance, which calls on the president and Congress to achieve universal health coverage in the United States by 2010.

Newly elected members of the Institute of Medicine are:

Paula G. Allen-Meares, Ph.D., dean and Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D., Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, division of chemistry and chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Francine M. Benes, M.D., Ph.D., director, Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass.

Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., executive director, American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Ruth L. Berkelman, M.D., Rollins Professor and director, Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research, Emory University, Atlanta

Ernest Beutler, M.D., chair, department of molecular and experimental medicine, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D., professor and head, department of orthopedics and rehabilitation, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Sheila P. Burke, R.N., deputy secretary and chief operating officer, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., professor and clinical director, spinal cord injury service, department of rehabilitation medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.

Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil., professor, department of cellular and molecular pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco

Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology, department of psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Shaun R. Coughlin, M.D., Ph.D., director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco

Philip D. Darney, M.D., chief, department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive services, San Francisco General Hospital and University of California, San Francisco

Mark M. Davis, Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor and chair, department of microbiology and immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

Alan H. DeCherney, M.D., professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Mahlon R. DeLong, M.D., William Patterson Timmie Professor and director, Emory Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, department of neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta

Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., professor of medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Ciro A. de Quadros, M.D., M.P.H., director of international programs, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Washington, D.C.

Robert J. Desnick, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair, department of human genetics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City

Timothy J. Eberlein, M.D., Bixby Professor and chair, department of surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., chair, department of clinical bioethics, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Andrew Z. Fire, Ph.D., professor of pathology and genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

James G. Fox, D.V.M., director and professor, division of comparative medicine and biological engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Robert Freedman, M.D., professor and chair, department of psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver

Apostolos Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Brain Sciences Chair and professor of neuroscience, Brain Sciences Center, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis

Julie L. Gerberding, M.D., director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

Diane E. Griffin, M.D., Ph.D., chair, department of molecular biology and immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore

John W. Griffin, M.D., professor of neurology, neuroscience, and pathology; and chairman, department of neurology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore

Jonathan H. Gruber, Ph.D., professor of economics, department of economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., deputy director, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda

David L. Heymann, M.D., executive director for communicable diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva

Helen H. Hobbs, M.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor of internal medicine, and director, Center for Medical Genetics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Stephen L. Hoffman, M.D., chief executive and scientific officer, Sanaria Inc., Rockville, Md.

Tony Hunter, Ph.D., professor, molecular and cellular biology laboratory, Salk Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

Brent C. James, M.D., executive director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City

Edward H. Kaplan, Ph.D., William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, Yale School of Management, New Haven, Conn.
Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., professor and chair, department of medicine, University of California, San Diego

Jim Y. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., adviser to the director-general, World Health Organization, Geneva

Lonnie J. King, D.V.M., dean and professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Talmadge E. King Jr., M.D., Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor and vice chair, department of medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Howard K. Koh, M.D., professor of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and chair, orthopedic surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Edward R. Laws, M.D., W. Gayle Crutchfield Professor, department of neurology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

John R. Lumpkin, M.D., senior vice president and director, Health Care Group, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

Peter R. MacLeish, Ph.D., chair, department of anatomy and neurobiology, Neuroscience Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta

Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D., Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

Andrew R. Marks, M.D., professor and chair, department of physiology and cellular biophysics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

James S. Marks, M.D., director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

Ricardo Martinez, M.D., chief executive officer and president, Safety Intelligence Systems, Atlanta

Rowena G. Matthews, Ph.D., G. Robert Greenberg Distinguished Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

John D. McConnell, M.D., professor of urology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

William C. Mobley, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and director, Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University, and John E. Cahill Family Chair in Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif.

Michael W. Mulholland, M.D., Ph.D., Frederick A. Coller Distinguished Professor of Surgery, and chair, department of surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Robert L. Nussbaum, M.D., chief, genetic disease research branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Nancy S. Padian, Ph.D., director of international research, AIDS Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco

Thomas C. Quinn, M.D., senior investigator and section head, International AIDS/STDs, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Md.; and professor of medicine and deputy director, division of infectious diseases, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Charles J. Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and member, department of genetics and tumor cell biology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

Eric J. Topol, M.D., provost and chief academic officer, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland

Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., director and professor, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

Stephen T. Warren, Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and William Patterson Timmie Professor and chair of human genetics, department of human genomics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta

Arthur Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor and chief, division of rheumatology, University of California, San Francisco

John B. West, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and physiology, University of California, San Diego

Dyann F. Wirth, Ph.D., professor of immunology and infectious diseases, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston

Elected to Foreign Associate Membership

Oded Abramsky, M.D., Ph.D., Israel S. Wechsler Professor of Neurology and chair, department of neurology, Hadassah University Hospital and Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Peter D. Gluckman, M.D., University Distinguished Professor and director, Liggins Institute for Medical Research, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Richard Peto, M.Sc., professor of medical statistics and epidemiology, University of Oxford, England

K. Srinath Reddy, M.D., coordinator, Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries, New Delhi

Jaime SepĂșlveda Amor, M.D., D.P.H., director, National Institutes of Health of Mexico, Mexico City

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