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Yale: Yale Professor Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Yale School of Public Health professor, Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla — a researcher with wide-ranging expertise in maternal-child nutrition, food security, diabetes and global health — has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

NAM seeks to improve the health of everyone by advancing science, improving health equity and providing independent and authoritative advice in the fields of medicine and public health nationally and globally.

His election was announced on October 21 at NAM’s 2019 annual meeting.

“These newly elected members represent the most exceptional scholars and leaders whose remarkable work has advanced science, medicine, and health in the U.S. and around the globe,” said National Academy of Medicine president, Dr. Victor J. Dzau.

Founded in 1970, NAM today has more than 2,200 members. It elects no more than 75 new members each year based on professional achievement and volunteer service. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla, joins two other Yale School of Public Health scientists who are already members — Dean Sten H. Vermund, and former Dean Paul D. Cleary.

“Being elected to the National Academy of Medicine is a truly humbling honor as it represents the recognition of highly respected peers of the scientific and policy value of my lifetime contributions to advancing the field of public health nutrition globally,” said Dr. Pérez-Escamilla, who is also director of the Office of Public Health Practice and director of the Global Health Concentration at the school. He joined YSPH in 2009.

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