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Vassar President Elizabeth H. Bradley Elected to National Academy of Medicine

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Vassar College is pleased to announce the election of President Elizabeth H. Bradley to the National Academy of Medicine.  Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

President Bradley will join an esteemed class of 70 regular members and 10 international members announced by the National Academy of Medicine during its annual meeting yesterday.

“I have been greatly influenced by the research and policy reports NAM has undertaken over my entire career - even at the stage of being a doctoral student - so to be part of that work now as a member is very gratifying,” said President Bradley.  “I look forward to working and learning alongside a set of wonderful colleagues in NAM.”

Membership in the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.  Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. The newly elected members raise NAM’s total active membership to 2,127 and the number of international members to 172.  

President Bradley has made a central focus of her career that of improving health care delivery in the United States and through projects in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Her work, supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation, has led to revolutionary innovations in the delivery of cardiovascular care, long-term and end-of-life care, and health care management. President Bradley has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and three books, including the acclaimed The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less.

Highly regarded for her international work as founder and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, which operates education and research programs in China, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, and South Africa, President Bradley has led teams that contributed to transforming Ethiopia’s health care system, enhancing the quality of hospital management and availability of primary care. Since 2009, President Bradley and the Global Health Leadership Institute have provided leadership and management education that empowers low-income communities and countries to improve health outcomes.  Prior to her work at Yale, President Bradley was a hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she helped lead the first generation of quality improvement efforts as part of the National Demonstration in Quality Improvement in Health Care, the inspiration for much of her subsequent research.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.