Two Faculty Elected to Institute of Medicine
Two Medical School faculty members were among 65 new members elected in October 2006 to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, a prestigious honor for researchers in medical sciences, health care and public health.
John D. Birkmeyer, M.D., the George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery, and the late Martha L. Ludwig, the J. Lawrence Oncley Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry, were elected to serve as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health, producing several policy reports per year on health issues.
Birkmeyer is a national leader in surgical outcomes research, quality and health policy, with a particular interest in strategies for measuring and improving surgical quality. With funding from the National Cancer Institute, his current research is exploring why some hospitals and surgeons have better outcomes than others, with the ultimate goal of improving care in all settings.
Ludwig, a research biophysicist who died in November 2006, was a structural biologist who used X-ray crystallography to study enzyme specificity and catalysis, especially among proteins that require metals or vitamin-based co-factors to do their work. She was doing X-ray analyses on the vitamin B12-dependent enzyme, methionine synthase (MetH), which cycles through a series of different forms to complete the conversion of homocysteine to methionine.
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The Arnold G. Coran Collegiate Professorship in Pediatric Surgery
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