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The National Academy of Medicine Elects Five African-American Scholars


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Nov 02, 2015

Pluggin' you into some good news from around the nation.

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as The Institute for Medicine, has recently elected five African-American scholars in medicine, health and science into their institute. 

 Founded in 1970, The National Academy of Medicine honors and tributes professionals in medicine, health and even science who magnified achievements and success in the human service field. The academy has seventy members, 1,826 active fellows along with 137 foreign associates. And there's only 5% or 7% that's African-American, which makes the election of five African-Americans into The National Academy of Medicine a breakthrough in diversity and racial barriers.

According to The Journal of Blacks In Higher Education, the honorees are as followed:

Evan Dale Abel is the John B. Stokes Chair in Diabetes Research and director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Abel is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds a Ph.D. in physiology from Oxford University in England.

Linda Burnes Bolton is vice president and chief nurse executive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Burnes Bolton is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association. She is a trustee at Case Western Reserve University. A graduate of Arizona State University, Dr. Burnes Bolton holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Otis Webb Brawley is a professor of hematology, medical oncology, medicine, and epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. Dr. Brawley earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago.

Melissa Lynn Gilliam is dean for diversity and inclusion and a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gilliam is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.

Elizabeth Odilile Ofili is the senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, professor of medicine, and director of the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She earned her medical degree at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

News Source: JBHE