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Dean MacKenzie and Xiaobin Wang elected to the National Academy of Medicine


Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD ’79, MSc ’75, and Xiaobin Wang, MD, ScD ’91, MPH, professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, along with 75 new regular members and 10 international members. NAM announced the new electees today during its annual meeting.

Dean MacKenzie is a trauma care expert whose research focuses on the impact of public health services and policies on short- and long-term consequences of traumatic injury. A Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, she founded and leads the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium, a collaboration of more than 50 U.S. trauma centers and military treatment facilities. A former director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, in the Department of Health Policy Management, Dr. MacKenzie has shaped the field of trauma services and outcomes research.

Dr. Wang is Zanvyl Krieger Professor in Children’s Health and director of the Center on Early Life Origins of Disease. Her research unites biomarkers, clinical medicine, epidemiology and disease prevention. Her work has contributed to the understanding of environmental exposures, genetic susceptibility and gene-environment interactions in complex human diseases; and early life origins of chronic diseases.

Membership in the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service. The NAM serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine and related policy.

New NAM members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. NAM members represent a diversity of talent, with at least one-quarter coming from fields outside the health professions, including law, engineering, social sciences and the humanities. The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to 2,178 and the number of international members to 159.