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GUMC Researcher Elected Into Institute of Medicine

October 21, 2008 – Lucile Adams-Campbell, associate director for minority health and health disparities research at the Medical Center, has been selected by the Institute of Medicine to serve on the leading body that advises the nation on biomedical sciences, medicine and health.    

Adams-Campbell, who also serves as professor of oncology and is an internationally recognized expert on health disparities, becomes the third member of the Georgetown Medical Center faculty to hold membership in the Institute of Medicine. She was elected to the body amongst 64 other new members from the United States and five foreign associates.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine,” says Harvey Fineberg, Institute president. “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.”

Adams-Campbell says she looks forward to serving as a new member of the prestigious group.

“To be recognized by the incumbent membership of the Institute of Medicine for my scientific accomplishments in cancer health disparities and public health is incredible and overwhelming,” she says. “As a member of the IOM and a resident of a city with unparalleled disparities, I will strive to enhance the national focus on health disparities research and prevention education. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this phenomenal organization.”

The Institute of Medicine serves as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization on matters of health and science policy.

Established in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

“Lucile’s election to this prestigious academy is a testament to her intellectual contributions to her field,” says Dr. Howard Federoff, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine. “My congratulations to Dr. Adams-Campbell and for her many accomplishments – we greatly look forward to her future work at GUMC.”

Adams-Campbell is the third GUMC faculty member to be elected into the Institute of Medicine. Other faculty members include Dr. Robert Ledley, professor emeritus of physiology, biophysics and radiology; and Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics.

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