Only One African American Among the 65 New Members of the Institute of Medicine

Recently the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies announced the selection of 65 new members. New members are elected by the current membership which now stands at 1,688. Candidates who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, or public health are considered for election as members.

The Institute of Medicine does not disclose the race of its membership. However, an independent analysis by JBHE has concluded that it appears that only one of the new 65 members is black.

Jeannette E. South-Paul is the Andrew W. Mathieson and chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh since 2001 after a 21-year career as a physician in the U.S. Army.

Dr. South-Paul holds bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.


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