WRITER: DEBRA VENZKE
CONTACT: DAN MCMILLAN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6835; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Oct. 17, 2001
Wallace elected to prestigious Institute of Medicine
CITY, Iowa -- Robert B. Wallace, M.D., professor of epidemiology in the University
of Iowa College of Public Health, has been elected to membership in the Institute
of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.
Sixty new members were elected to the Institute of Medicine, raising its
total active membership to 632. Current active members elect new members from
among candidates chosen for their major contributions to health and medicine
or to related fields such as social and behavioral sciences, law, administration
and economics. IOM members serve without compensation and devote time as volunteers
on committees engaged in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.
Wallace, who holds the Irene Ensminger Stecher Cancer Professorship, is
well known for his research in the areas of aging, cardiovascular disease
and breast cancer. He has received a number of national and international
awards for his research and contributions to the field of epidemiology, including
the Lilienfeld Award for Excellence in Teaching of Epidemiology from the American
Public Health Association.
"Dr. Wallace's election to the Institute of Medicine is richly deserved,"
said James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health.
"He has provided outstanding leadership and contributions to preventive
medicine and public health research, teaching, and policy over his 30-year
Wallace received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1967
and has been a member of the faculty at the UI since 1972. He holds a secondary
appointment in the UI College of Medicine department of internal medicine
and currently serves as the interim director for the UI Center on Aging.
Wallace joins the following 15 UI faculty and administrators who are members
of the IOM: Francois Abboud, M.D., the Edith King Pearson Professor and Head
of Internal Medicine, and professor of physiology and biophysics; Myrtle Adelyotte,
Ph.D., professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Nursing; Nancy
Andreasen. M.D., Ph.D., the Andrew H. Woods Chair and professor of Psychiatry;
Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., associate provost for health sciences, professor
of nursing, and professor of psychiatry and internal medicine; Kevin Campbell,
Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and UI Distinguished Professor
and the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, and professor of
neurology; James Clifton, M.D., Roy J. Carver Professor Emeritus of Internal
Medicine; Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D. UI president, professor of biological sciences
and biochemistry; John Colloton, UI vice president emeritus for statewide
health services; Antonio Damasio, M.D., the Maurice Van Allen Professor and
Head of Neurology; John Eckstein, M.D., professor emeritus of internal medicine
and dean emeritus of the College of Medicine; Bruce Gantz, M.D., the Brian
F. McCabe Distinguished Chair and Head of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck
Surgery; Robert Kelch, M.D., UI vice president for statewide health services,
dean of the College of Medicine, professor of pediatrics and professor of
health management and policy in the College of Public Health; James Merchant,
M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health, professor of occupational
and environmental health and professor of internal medicine; Jennifer Niebyl,
M.D., professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology; and Michael Welsh,
M.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics.