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IOM Elects 70 New Members, 10 Foreign Associates

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced this week the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its forty-fourth annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome our esteemed colleagues to the Institute of Medicine,” said IOM president Dr. Victor J. Dzau. “These leaders’ tremendous achievements have contributed significantly to advancing health and medicine. The expertise and knowledge they bring to the IOM will encourage and enhance its success.”

New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. A diversity of talent among IOM’s membership is assured by the Institute’s charter, which stipulates that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from outside the health professions, for example, from such fields as the law, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities. The newly elected members raise IOM’s total active membership to 1,798 and the number of foreign associates to 128.  With an additional 86 members holding emeritus status, IOM’s total membership is 2,012.

Newly elected members of the Institute of Medicine that are also faculty or staff at ASPPH member institutions include:

Goncalo Rocha Abecasis, PhD, professor and chair, department of biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor

Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, professor of epidemiology, international health, and health, behavior, and society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore

A. Mark Fendrick, MD, professor, department of internal medicine, School of Medicine, and professor, department of health management and policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; professor of epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; executive director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology; and chief, division of women’s health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

Meredith Rosenthal, PhD, professor of health economics and policy, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore and associate dean for public health practice and training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore (effective January 2015)

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and professor, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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