Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., President of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for the Texas A&M University System, was elected this week to the Institute of Medicine, a component of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. She is the first ever member from the HSC.
Sixty-five new members and four foreign associates were announced Monday to the IOM. Members advise the federal government on issues involving medical care, research and education. Selection is based on international distinction in science, clinical medicine, public health or medical administration, and inductees are elected by current active members.
“Election to the Institute of Medicine is an honor bestowed by one’s peers and an exceptional honor to receive,” Dr. Dickey said. “Along with that honor is an invitation to work with peers on issues important to society in the field of medicine, and I look forward to doing so in the Institute of Medicine.”
The first woman ever elected president of the American Medical Association, Dr. Dickey is the recipient of numerous awards, including five honorary doctorate degrees in both science and law. A family physician, she serves on numerous committees, both locally and nationally, and writes for several medical and health policy journals.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Scott and White Foundation and is a frequent speaker at professional and civic organization around the country and world.
Born in South Dakota and raised in Texas, Dr. Dickey has served as interim dean of the HSC-College of Medicine, is founding program director of the Family Medicine Residency of the Brazos Valley, and is a professor of family and community medicine in the HSC-COM. She and her husband, Franklin, have three adult children.
Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on human health issues. Members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of IOM committees.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, IOM president, in a news release. “Members are elected through a highly sensitive process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.”
The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its six components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and the School of Rural Public Health.