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Prestigious Institute of Medicine Elects Georgetown Provost

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Robert Groves

October 15, 2012 – Georgetown Provost Robert Groves has been elected by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to serve in the prestigious organization, which advises the nation on biomedical sciences, medicine and health.

Election to the IOM, established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, is considered by many to be one of the highest honors in the health and medical fields. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Finest Scholarship

Groves, who began serving as provost this past August, was honored by IOM for his scholarly work, which includes being author or co-author of seven books and scores of scientific articles.

His 1989 book, Survey Errors and Survey Costs, was named one of the 50 most influential books in survey research by the American Association of Public Opinion Research.

“I am honored to be elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine,” said Groves, also a professor of mathematics, statistics and sociology at Georgetown. “The IOM represents the finest scholarship in the health sciences and medicine – I am overjoyed that my efforts in large-scale health survey research, issues of human subject review, and related contributions are valued by the institute.”

Significantly Advanced

Groves, who previously served as director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is one of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates elected today at IOM's 42nd annual meeting.

“The provost’s election to this prestigious organization, making him the seventh Georgetown professor to be selected for this honor, is a testament to his scholarly contributions in his field,” says President John J. DeGioia. “We are honored that the IOM has chosen Dr. Groves to join this great tradition.”

IOM President Harvey Fineberg noted in a press release that the “Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of whom has significantly advanced health and medicine."

“Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others,” he said.

Georgetown IOM Members

  • Lucile Adams-Campbell, associate director, minority health and health disparities research at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Elected in 2008.
  • Ira Shoulson, professor of neurology, pharmacology and human science and director, of Program for Regulatory Science and Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. Elected in 2008.
  • Judith Feder, professor of and former dean at Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Elected in 2003.
  • Lawrence Gostin, faculty director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; director and principal investigator for the Center for Law and the Public's Health; University Professor; and the Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law. Elected in 2000.
  • Patricia King, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown Law Center. Elected in 1992.
  • Edmund Pellegrino, emeritus professor, Georgetown University Medical Center. Elected in 1972.



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