HOUSTON John Mendelsohn, M.D., director of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy and former president of MD Anderson, has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The 230-year-old academy established to cultivate the arts and sciences and to gather scholars, professionals, government officials and business leaders to work together in the national interest, announced its new fellows today. Only current fellows may nominate others to join the academy.
"I am honored to be joining this collection of thinkers from many walks of life and look forward to collaborating with them to address important public issues," Mendelsohn said.
In addition to its role as a prestigious honorary society, the academy is a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science, technology, energy, global security, the humanities, culture and education.
"Election to this prestigious group recognizes John Mendelsohn's achievements as a scientist, physician and leader," said MD Anderson President Ron DePinho, M.D., and an academy fellow. "As a fellow, he will have a vibrant forum to lend his deep insights to policy research and development, to the great benefit of our country and humanity."
Mendelsohn, president of MD Anderson from 1996-2011, also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has participated in or led a variety of studies there, including one proposing reform of cancer clinical trials.
He also is the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute. His work there focuses on the identification and evaluation of new health technologies, therapeutics and best practices as well as the promotion of policy recommendations to improve national and globa
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