Five UCSF Scientists Named to Institute of Medicine

By Elizabeth Fernandez | October 17, 2011

UCSF School of Nursing Dean David Vlahov and four other UCSF faculty members have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

The new UCSF members were announced today (Oct. 17, 2011) in Washington, D.C. and include:

  • Claire D. Brindis, DrPH, MPH, professor of health policy in the UCSF department of pediatrics and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and co-director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.
  • Diana L. Farmer, MD, professor of surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; vice chair of surgery at the UCSF School of Medicine, and chief of pediatric surgery at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
  • Yuet Wai Kan, MB, DSc, professor in the departments of medicine and laboratory medicine and the Institute for Human Genetics.
  • David Vlahov, RN, PhD, dean and endowed professor in nursing education of the UCSF School of Nursing.
  • Mark E. von Zastrow, MD, PhD, professor and Friends of LPPI Endowed Chair for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression in the department of psychiatry.


UCSFThe election brings to 89 the number of UCSF faculty who are members of the IOM, an independent, nonprofit organization that works to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to improve health. It was established in 1970 as the health branch of the National Academy of Sciences.

Altogether, the IOM elected 65 new members and five foreign associates. Election to the IOM is a recognition of outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Each of them stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge, and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine, and their achievements are an inspiration. The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues."

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