BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nancy H. Nielsen, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate
dean for medical education and a clinical professor of medicine at
the University at Buffalo, has been elected a member of the
Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of
IOM membership is considered one of the highest honors in the
fields of health and medicine.
Election to the IOM by the current membership is based on
professional achievement and demonstrated interest, concern and
involvement with problems and critical issues that affect the
health of the public.
UB Provost Satish K. Tripathi said, "We, as a university
community, heartily congratulate Dr. Nielsen upon her recognition
by the Institute of Medicine as an unparalleled leader in the
fields of health and medicine. Dr. Nielsen has and continues to
bring the strength of her enlightened voice to our nation's most
pressing challenges concerning health care. As a national leader,
she has been absolutely indefatigable in her efforts and her
election as a member of the IOM people is a true validation of her
"Election to the Institute of Medicine is a rare honor, and for
those at the top of their field, membership in the IOM reflects the
height of professional achievement and commitment to service. The
IOM's mission is to serve as an adviser to the nation by addressing
the most pressing questions related health and health care. As a
member, Dr. Nielsen will apply her expertise to the work of the IOM
on behalf of the nation's health. We are proud of her achievement
and of the contributions we know she will continue to make."
Nielsen said she is "honored and humbled" by election to the
She is past president of the American Medical Association, and
in that role has been an outspoken advocate for the uninsured. She
has lectured widely and carried her message to the public on
numerous radio and television news programs and talk shows.
She was elected president of the AMA in June 2008 after serving
four terms as speaker of the AMA House of Delegates and three terms
as vice speaker. She currently is a member of the IOM's Roundtable
on Evidence Based Medicine and on the Consumer Empowerment
Committee of America's Health Information Community.
Nielsen holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from The Catholic
University of America and an M.D. degree from UB. She served two
terms on the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs helping to formulate
policy positions on several critical health care issues, including
alcoholism among women, Alzheimer's disease, colorectal screening,
asthma control, nicotine content of cigarettes, safety in
dispensing prescriptions, and diagnosis and treatment of
Additionally, she served on the National Patient Safety
Foundation board of directors, the Commission for the Prevention of
Youth Violence, the Task Force on Quality and Patient Safety and as
the AMA representative on the National Quality Forum, the
AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement®
and the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance.
Other UB faculty elected to the IOM include Robert J. Genco,
M.D., Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor in the School of Dental
Medicine and School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and vice
provost and director of UB's Office of Science, Technology Transfer
and Economic Outreach (STOR), and UB emeriti faculty J. Warren
Perry, Ph.D., and Gerhard Levy, PharmD.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is
one of the five schools comprising UB's Academic Health Center.
Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the
Association of American Universities.