Martin J. Blaser, MD, Elected into Institute of Medicine

IOM Membership is One of the Highest Accolades for Outstanding Professional Achievement and Commitment to Service in Medicine and Health

October 17, 2011 - 3:40pm

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that Martin J. Blaser, MD, the Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine, chair of the Department of Medicine, and professor of microbiology, has been elected a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Sixty-five new members and five foreign associates were named for their contributions to the advancement of medical sciences, health care, and public health earlier today. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest accolades for outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of medicine and health.

“Membership in the IOM is an extraordinary recognition of Dr. Blaser’s medical and scientific contributions over the length of his distinguished career,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean & CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center. “We congratulate Dr. Blaser on receiving this important distinction.” Dr. Blaser brings to eight the number of NYU School of Medicine faculty members elected into the IOM.

Dr. Blaser is a world renowned researcher in microbiology and infectious diseases. His research focuses on understanding the relationships between persistently colonizing bacteria and their multicellular hosts, and the epidemic spread of pathogens in the community. For the past 30 years he has primarily studied Helicobacter pylori and Campylobacter species, which are important as pathogens and as model systems, as well as anthrax, SARS, influenza, and other acute respiratory diseases. Dr. Blaser holds 24 U.S. patents relating to his research into bacterial diseases and the microbiome, and has authored over 480 original articles. 

"It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Each of them stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge, and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine, and their achievements are an inspiration. The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues."

Dr. Blaser is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Epidemiologic Society, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the National Institutes of Health, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Previously he served as president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and as Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is an honorific membership and advisory organization that is recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health. The program is comprised of 1,870 diverse members, with at least one-quarter of the membership selected from outside the health professions, who volunteer their service on various projects and studies aimed at improving health care. 

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