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A current and a former Dartmouth Trustee are named to the Institute of Medicine

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/16/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer (photo courtesy of Susan Dentzer)

John Rich
John Rich

Susan Dentzer, Dartmouth ’77 and editor in chief of Health Affairs, and John Rich, Dartmouth ’80 and professor and chair of the department of health management and policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, have both been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, the membership recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Dentzer is a former member of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees (1993-2004), who served as board chair from 2001-2004 – the first woman to do so. She remains active at Dartmouth, currently serving on the Board of Overseers at Dartmouth Medical School. John Rich is a current member of Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees, joining the board in 2008. Dentzer and Rich are two of the 65 new members and five new foreign associates announced by the IOM on October 12.

Dentzer said, “The Institute of Medicine, as a division of the National Academy of Sciences, plays a crucial role in assembling thought leaders to try to understand and help formulate responses to the enormous challenges in domestic and international health. I am truly honored to be included among them, and to work with them toward achieving the goals we all hold dear.”

Rich added, “Election to the IOM is an honor and an opportunity to contribute to the Institute’s powerful work. I am thrilled to join with my colleagues to grapple with challenging public health issues, especially those facing urban populations.”

According to the IOM, new members are elected by current active members through a highly selective 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 is assured by the Institute’s charter, which stipulates that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from outside the health professions, for example, from such fields as the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; law; engineering; and the humanities. The newly elected members raise IOM’s total active membership to 1,610 and the number of foreign associates to 93. With an additional 75 members holding emeritus status, IOM’s total membership is 1,778.

Prior to Dentzer’s appointment in 2008 as editor of Health Affairs, she was the on-air correspondent with The NewsHour on PBS for ten years. Before joining The NewsHour, she was chief economic correspondent and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report reporting extensively on the debate over reforming Social Security and health policy issues such as regulation of managed care. Dentzer was also a senior writer at Newsweek, covering business news, and she has been an analyst or commentator on such television shows as ABC's Nightline, CNN's News Night with Aaron Brown and The McLaughlin Group.

Rich, long a leader in the field of public health, focuses on serving one of the nation’s underserved populations -- African-American men in urban settings. His work has shaped policy discussion and health practices throughout the United States. Among numerous awards for his work in public health, he was granted, in 2006, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Prior to joining Drexel University, Rich served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission and as a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center. In Boston, he created the Young Men’s Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner city young men to become peer health educators focusing on improving the health of men and boys in their communities. His forthcoming book, Wrong Place Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men (The Johns Hopkins University Press, Nov. 2009), details the trauma that young victims of violence face as they heal from their physical and emotional wounds.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards, and other activities.

Other IOM members at Dartmouth include:

  • Paul Batalden, MD, Director, Center for Leadership and Improvement, Prof. of Pediatrics & Community & Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Allen Dietrich, MD, Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Elliott Fisher, BA, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Healthcare Research and Reform, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Jim Yong Kim, BA, MD, PhD, President, Dartmouth College
  • C. Everett Koop, BA, MD, ScD, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Gerald Rosenthal, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Dartmouth College
  • Jonathan Skinner, BA, MA, PhD, Joan Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in Economics, Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School
  • John Wennberg, MD, MPH, Peggy Y. Thomson Professor (Chair) in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Michael Zubkoff, PhD, Professor and Chair, Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School

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