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Four members of the UC San Diego faculty have been named to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the arm of the National Academy of Sciences that is both an honorific society and an advisory body on health and health policy matters. This brings the total number of UCSD members to 30.
Theodore G. Ganiats, M.D., professor and interim chair, department of family and preventive medicine; Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., the Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging; director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging; and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences; Ajit P. Varki, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, department of medicine; and Charles S. Zuker, Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of biology and neurosciences, were among the 65 new active members announced by the IOM today.
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,” according to IOM President Harvey V. Fineburg. Members commit a significant amount of volunteer service in IOM studies and activities on a range of health issues of national importance.
The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to honor professional achievement in the health sciences and to serve as a national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues related to medicine, biomedical sciences, and health.
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