The Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, has announced the membership election of Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD, associate director for minority health and health disparities research, and professor of oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Membership in the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service. "It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine," says IOM president Harvey V. Fineberg in announcing the IOM's 65 new members and five foreign associates. "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."
"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," Adams-Campbell 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 is unique for its structure 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 IOM 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 Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. "My congratulations to Dr. Adams-Campbell and for her many accomplishments -- we greatly look forward to her future work at GUMC."