National Academy of Medicine elects 85 new members

The National Academy of Medicine elected 75 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting Oct. 15 in Washington D.C., the organization announced Oct. 15.

Here are three things to know:

1. To join NAM, which was created in 1970, new members must demonstrate major contributions to the advancement of medical sciences, healthcare and/or public health.

2. At least one-fourth of the organization's membership is selected from fields outside health professions to promote talent diversity.

3. Counting the newly elected members, NAM's total membership stands at 2,178, including 159 international members.

"This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly remarkable set of scholars and leaders whose impressive work has advanced science, improved health and made the world a better place for everyone," Victor J. Dzau, MD, president of NAM, said in a press release. "Their expertise in science, medicine, health, and policy in the U.S. and around the globe will help our organization address today's most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and healthcare. It is my privilege to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine."

Click here to read the full list of National Academy of Medicine elects.

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