Rachel Levine Elected to National Academy of Medicine – KION546


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WASHINGTON, DC (Advocate Channel) – Members recognize and elect individuals who have made significant contributions to medical science, health care and public health.

The National Academy of Medicine announced on Monday that the United States Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, Admiral Rachel Levine, a physician specializing in pediatrics, is among 100 newly elected to receive the prestigious award.

Levine is also a four-star Admiral of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

The National Academy of Medicine is an independent organization of leading professionals focused on health, medicine, and related policy issues in its national and global initiatives.

Election to NAM “is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service,” according to the announcement from the Academy.

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“For her expertise in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and for being the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the United States Senate,” the announcement reads. “She is a voice for federal-state cooperation, health equity issues, and has been an outstanding leader in the emergency response to substance abuse and overdose.”

Members recognize and elect individuals who have made significant contributions to medical science, health care and public health.

A spokesperson for Levine told The Advocate she was unavailable due to travel at the time of the investigation, but drew attention to Levine’s recent Twitter activity.

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In response to the news of her election to the Academy, Levine tweeted that she was “incredibly honored to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine this year. Looking forward to joining the group of talented members and contributing to the mission of @theNAMedicine!

“This extraordinary class of new members is made up of exceptional scholars and leaders who have been at the forefront of responding to serious public health challenges, addressing social inequalities, and achieving ground-breaking discoveries” , said the president of the National Academy of Medicine, Victor J. Dzau. “Their expertise will be essential in informing the future of health and medicine for the benefit of all. I am truly honored to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.

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Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine promotes health, science, medicine, and related policy issues and encourages affirmative action in all sectors. As part of its mission to improve public policy, NAM collaborates with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering to conduct independent and objective research and analysis, according to the Academy’s statement.

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