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Highest prize in public health awarded to Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg
Date:5/18/2011

New York, NY May 17, 2011 Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health today announced that it will award the highest prize in public healththe Frank A. Calderone Prizeto Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President of the Institute of Medicine, the health branch of the National Academy of Sciences. The Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health, overseen by the Mailman School, is presented to an individual who has made a transformational contribution in the field of public health.

The award recognizes Dr. Fineberg's outstanding work in the fields of health policy and medical decision-making during his long career at Harvard University and later at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). An expert on the impact and broad possibilities of medical innovation and change, he has brought a new awareness and perspective to such issues as how best to roll out new medical technology, how to decideas individuals and as a societywhich treatments to use in complex and risky situations and how to cope with newly emerging illnesses and threatened epidemics.

"Throughout his career, Harvey Fineberg has helped shape our nation's understanding of the importance of disease prevention as a critical component of our health system and the value of investing in high quality public health education to accomplish this. At the Institute of Medicine, he has advanced the goals of improving the quality of medical care and integrating prevention into our nation's health agenda. We are delighted to honor his distinguished work," said Mailman School Dean Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH.

Dean Fried serves with five other public health leaders on the Calderone Prize selection committee. Said committee member Peter Piot, MD, PhD, dean of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, of this year's prizewinner: "Dr. Harvey Fineberg has made a lasting impact on public health worldwide through his research on risk and decision-making, his advocacy for prevention, his relentless p
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Contact: Stephanie Berger
sb2247@columbia.edu
212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
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