Two UCLA faculty members, Dr. Sherin U. Devaskar and Jack Needleman, have been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
Devaskar and Needleman join 68 other new members and 10 foreign associates elected for their "outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service," the institute announced Oct. 15.
Devaskar, physician-in-chief at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and UCLA's assistant vice chancellor for children's health, is a highly accomplished investigator renowned for unraveling the processes responsible for the fetal and neonatal origins of chronic childhood and adult disorders, including obesity and diabetes. She is a professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and holds UCLA's Mattel Executive Endowed Chair.
Needleman, a professor in the department of health services at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health and a faculty associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, has transformed the measurement of hospital patients' quality-of-care linked to nurses, improved management practices to increase quality and safety, and helped propel passage of national legislation. Quality measures he developed have been adopted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medicare, the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.
"The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of who has significantly advanced health and medicine," said the institute's president, Harvey V. Fineberg. "Through their research, teaching, clinical work and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others."
Established in 1970, the Institute of Medicine is one of the National Academies — along with the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council — and serves as a resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.
With the newly elected members, Institute of Medicine membership now totals 1,928.