October 19, 2007

Institute of Medicine taps former Peds chair

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Arnold Strauss, M.D.

Institute of Medicine taps former Peds chair

Arnold Strauss, M.D., who served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt until March of this year, is one of 65 new members elected into the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on human health issues.

Members are elected by other members, and the IOM's total membership is now 1,692.

“Becoming a member of the IOM represents recognition by your peers that you have made major contributions to medicine,” said Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and an IOM member. “My congratulations go out to my friend and former colleague, Arnie Strauss, who will be a credit to the Institute of Medicine.”

Strauss left Vanderbilt after seven years to become tbe B.K. Rachford Professor and chair of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and medical director of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Last year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D., Randolph (Randy) Miller, M.D., and Alastair J.J. Wood, M.B., Ch.B., were elected to the IOM. Thirteen other faculty members from Vanderbilt have been elected in past years.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine,” said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg, in a press release.