University of Washington School of Public Health alumni Dr. Patricia Garcia and Dr. Cheryl Anderson were among 79 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine last month.
Dr. Garcia, who was named minister of health of Peru in July, is also an affiliate professor in the School’s department of global health. She previously served as dean of the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. She is a leading researcher in sexually transmitted diseases and the first female chair of the Peruvian National Institute of Health.
Dr. Anderson earned an MS and PhD, both in epidemiology, from the UW School of Public Health. She served as a postdoctoral fellow for the School’s department of epidemiology in 2002 and received the Gil Omenn Award for Academic Excellence in 2001, the School’s highest honor. She is currently an associate professor in the department of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on nutrition and chronic disease prevention, especially among minority and under-served populations.