Molecular Imaging News
November 2, 2005
SNM Member Steven M. Larson Elected to Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
|Steven M. Larson, M.D.|
SNM member Steven M. Larson, MD, professor and director of radiology, Nuclear Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The Institute announced the names of 64 new U.S. members and 5 foreign associate members, raising its total active membership to 1,461, on October 24.
Dr. Larson was the 2005 recipient of the SNM's Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award and was honored with the Radiological Society of North America?s Outstanding Educator award last year.
The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to honor professional achievement in the health sciences and to serve as a national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues related to medicine, biomedical sciences, and health.
Current active members elect new members from a slate of candidates nominated for their professional achievement. A diversity of talent among members is assured by the Institute's charter, which requires that at least one-quarter be selected from fields outside the health professions such as the social and behavioral sciences, law, engineering, and the humanities.
With their election, members make a commitment to involve themselves in the work of the Institute, which conducts studies and other activities addressing a wide range of issues in medical science, health services, public health, and health policy. Some current studies are a project to recommend appropriate nutritional standards for foods sold in schools, an evaluation of the nation's system for ensuring the safety of prescription drugs after they have reached the market, and an assessment of emergency health care in the United States and recommendations for improving it.
The Institute of Medicine is a private, nonprofit organization that provides health policy advice under a congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences.