Friday, October 16, 2009

IOM honors seven

Seven MGH-affiliated physicians and researchers join prestigious Institute of Medicine

Seven MGH-affiliated physicians and researchers join prestigious Institute of Medicine seven MGH-affiliated physicians and researchers were among the 65 new members and five foreign associates recently elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM), a recognized leader for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine.

The newly elected members are: Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cancer Center; Joan Reede, MD, MPH, assistant in Health Policy at the MGH and dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School; Gary Ruvkun, PhD, investigator in the MGH Department of Molecular Biology; Megan Sykes, MD, associate director of the Transplantation Biology Research Center; Bruce Walker, MD, director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard; and Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Molecular Imaging Research and the Center for Systems Biology.

Daniel K. Podolsky, MD, who was the former chief of MGH Gastroenterology before becoming president of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in September 2008, is also among the newly elected members. 

"The MGH is very fortunate to have these accomplished individuals join an exemplary group of colleagues representing the hospital in the IOM," says MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD. "Election to the IOM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service, and these new members will surely enrich the institute's contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health."

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is a national resource for independent and scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on a breadth of important health issues. Its 1,700 members and foreign associates each make a commitment to volunteer on IOM boards, committees and projects. Members -- who represent the health care professions as well as natural, social and behavioral sciences; law; administration; engineering; and the humanities -- are elected for their professional achievements in a field relevant to the IOM's mission.

"Membership in the IOM represents attainment of the highest level of accomplishment, excellence and service to the medical profession," says F. Richard Bringhurst, MD, senior vice president of MGH Medicine and Research Management. "We offer our sincerest congratulations to the newly elected members for this impressive recognition."

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