Child-health Advocate Named to Prestigious Institute of Medicine

October 23, 2000

Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Children's Hospital at Strong, was chosen this month to join the National Academy of Sciences' prestigious Institute of Medicine.

McAnarney, of Brighton, also serves as chair of the department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She and Robert Haggerty, M.D., are the only department members to be so honored by the Institute of Medicine. Only 60 people were chosen this year, based on their major contributions to health and medicine, or to fields such as social and behavioral sciences, law, administration, and economics.

"This is a tremendous honor for Dr. McAnarney, one that recognizes her achievements as a physician and as an investigator," says Richard Insel, M.D., director of the Center for Human Genetics and Molecular Pediatric Disease at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "She will provide valuable expertise, and is quite capable of advising on national policy."

The Institute of Medicine's projects include studying the creation of a medical system to support long-duration space travel beyond Earth's orbit, the development of new technologies for the early detection of breast cancer, and the safety and efficacy of the anthrax vaccine used by the U.S. military.

This is the second major honor for McAnarney this year. She was also appointed to a four-year term on the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. Chosen by Donna Shalala, Ph.D., U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, McAnarney will offer advice about programs directed at reducing infant mortality and improving the health of pregnant women and infants.

Some of the top names in medicine are among the Institute of Medicine's new members, including Shalala, Antonia Novello, M.D., commissioner of the state Department of Health, and Catherine De Angelis, M.D., editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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