New York (October 15, 2018) – Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS, President of The New York Academy of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). 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. 

“Dr. Salerno is one of our nation’s pre-eminent leaders in health and healthcare, and she will undoubtedly continue to make invaluable contributions as a member of the National Academy of Medicine,” said James E. Flynn, Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. 

The NAM announced the addition of Dr. Salerno to its membership of more than 2,000 individuals elected by their peers in recognition of distinguished achievement. Established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the NAM is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an 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 and inspire positive action across sectors. 

This new appointment continues Dr. Salerno’s commitment to the values and work of the NAM, which included her past tenure as the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the IOM from 2008 to 2013. In this role, Dr. Salerno was the executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute, responsible for managing its research and policy programs and guiding its operations on a daily basis. 

Dr. Salerno is a physician executive who prior to becoming President of the Academy was President and Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen ™, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. She has also served as the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, and Chief Consultant for Geriatrics and Extended Care for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. A board-certified physician in internal medicine, Dr. Salerno earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

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