Congratulations to Jamy D. Ard, MD, Professor of Epidemiology and Prevention, and the Bariatric and Weight Management Center at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, who has been elected into the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Ard was chosen for his varied use of individually tailored, state-of-the-art approaches to treat obesity, profoundly impact his patients’ health and well-being, and reduce the burden of diseases associated with obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
Election to the Academy 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. The election adds 90 regular members and 10 international members and was announced during the annual meeting on October 18.
“It is my privilege to welcome this extraordinary class of new members. Their contributions to health and medicine are unmatched – they’ve made groundbreaking discoveries, taken bold action against social inequities, and led the response to some of the greatest public health challenges of our time,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “This is also the NAM’s most diverse class of new members to date, composed of approximately 50% women and 50% racial and ethnic minorities. This class represents many identities and experiences – all of which are absolutely necessary to address the existential threats facing humanity. I look forward to working with all of our new members in the years ahead.”
New 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. A diversity of talent among NAM’s membership is assured by its Articles of Organization, which stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions — for example, from such fields as law, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities.
The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to more than 2,200 and the number of international members to approximately 172.