Distinguished Californians…

The Institute of Medicine announced the names of 65 new members today in conjunction with its annual meeting today–and the very distinguished list includes 20 Californians. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

In addition to the list of Californians, we also note and congratulate Tim Jost, a highly-respected professor of law in Virginia who serves with us as a designated consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and Atul Gawande, the Massachussetts surgeon who writes for the New Yorker.

California should be proud of our UC system, with multiple inductees coming from multiple campuses, including Berkeley, Davis, UCLA, San Diego, and San Francisco, as well as other California institutions like Stanford, CalTech, and RAND. Again, congratulations to the new Californians, which include:

* Barbara Abrams, Dr.P.H., R.D., professor of epidemiology, maternal and child health, and public health nutrition, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
* Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Ph.D., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and professor of molecular and cellular biology, University of California, Berkeley
* Claire D. Brindis, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., professor, departments of pediatrics and obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive health sciences, and director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
* Patricia A. Conrad, Ph.D., D.V.M., professor, department of pathology, microbiology, and immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
* Mark E. Davis, Ph.D., Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
* Diana L. Farmer, M.D., professor of surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences; vice chair of surgery, School of Medicine; and chief of pediatric surgery, Benioff Children’s Hospital, University of California, San Francisco
* Margaret T. Fuller, Ph.D., professor, departments of developmental biology and genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.
* Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D., Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor, departments of neurology, psychiatry, and human genetics, and director, program in neurogenetics and Center for Autism Research and Treatment, Semel Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
* Richard J. Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chair, department of environmental health sciences, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
* Yuet Wai Kan, M.B., D.Sc., Louis K. Diamond Professor of Hematology, departments of medicine and laboratory medicine, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco
* Michael Karin, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
* Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., CEO, University of California Davis Health System, and vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis
* David A. Relman, M.D., Thomas M. and Joan C. Merigan Professor, departments of medicine and microbiology and immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.
* James P. Smith, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies, RAND Corp., Santa Monica, Calif.
* David A. Tirrell, Ph.D., Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
* Abraham C. Verghese, M.D., professor of medicine and senior associate chair for the theory and practice of medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
* Barbara Vickrey, M.D., M.P.H., professor and vice chair, department of neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
* David Vlahov, R.N., Ph.D., dean and Endowed Professor in Nursing Education, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
* Mark E. von Zastrow, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Friends of LPPI Endowed Chair for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, department of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
* Cun-Yu Wang, D.D.S., Ph.D., No-Hee Park Endowed Professor and Chair, division of oral biology and medicine, School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles

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