Summary

Three HHMI investigators and two HHMI professors have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.

Highlights

  • The National Academy of Medicine, originally established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine by the National Academy of Sciences, honors professional achievement in the health sciences and a commitment to service.
  • NAM members serve as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.

Five Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The three HHMI investigators and two HHMI professors are among 70 regular NAM members and nine international members announced today.

Originally established by the National Academy of Sciences as the Institute of Medicine in 1970, the NAM honors professional achievement in the health sciences and serves as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.

“These newly elected members are outstanding professionals who care deeply about advancing health and health care in the U.S. and globally,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau. “Their expertise will help our organization address pressing health challenges and improve health, science, and medicine for the benefit of us all. It is my privilege to welcome these accomplished individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”

Current active NAM members elect new members from a slate of candidates nominated for their professional achievement and commitment to service. A diversity of talent among members is assured by the Academy’s charter, which requires that at least one-quarter be selected from fields outside the health professions – such as the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; law; engineering; and the humanities.

The newly elected members raise NAM’s total active membership to 1,947 and the number of international members to 146.

The HHMI scientists newly elected to the National Academy of Medicine are:

HHMI Investigators

Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University

K. Christopher Garcia, Stanford University

Mark Krasnow, Stanford University

HHMI Professors

David Walt, Tufts University

Huntington F. Willard, University of Chicago
President and Director, Marine Biological Laboratory

For More Information

Jim Keeley 301.215.8858 keeleyj@hhmi.org