7 Indian-Americans elected as members of the National Academy of Medicine

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay K Gupta is among seven Indian-Americans to be elected members of the National Academy of Medicine. Joining him are Nita Ahuja, Vineet Arora, Sangeeta Bhatia, Tejal Kanti Gandhi, Rainu Kaushal and Anil K. Rustgi.

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. Gupta, associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine, was elected for helping the public understand the causes, impact, and management of myriad medical and public health challenges, and bridging the gap of health care knowledge by redefining our public discourse.

Ahuja, William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery and chair, department of surgery at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, was recognized for changing our understanding of the cells of origin in multiple tumor types, and the role of epigenetic dysregulation in gastrointestinal cancers, leading to the development of biomarkers for early detection of colorectal and pancreatic cancers, and epigenetic therapeutics.

Arora, professor of medicine, University of Chicago, made it to the list for his pioneering work to optimize resident fatigue and patient safety during long shifts, which informed the Institute of Medicine’s 2009 report and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s 2011 duty hours restrictions.

Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, was recognized for pioneering small-scale technologies to interface cells with synthetic platforms, with applications in liver tissue regeneration, diagnostics, and cancer therapy, and developing human microlivers that model drug metabolism and liver disease, achieving novel high-throughput models for diseases such as hepatitis C and human malaria. Kanti Gandhi, chief clinical and safety officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, was elected for leadership in the fields of patient safety and quality, and wide-ranging influence in the field through thought leadership, research, and educational efforts.

Kaushal, Nanette Laitman Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research and chair, department of health care policy and research, Weill Cornell Medicine; and physician-in-chief, Healthcare Policy and Research, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City was honored for leadership on the quality, safety, and personalization of health care with expertise in patient safety, health information technology and exchange, and social determinant integration in health care delivery.

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