Friedlander Elected to National Academy

Robert FriedlanderPittsburgh, October 15, 2018 -- Robert Friedlander, MD, Walter E. Dandy Professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Friedlander was one of 85 new members elected to the academy, originally chartered by Abraham Lincoln to advise the U.S. government on science and other matters. 

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.

In announcing the election of its new members, National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau remarked, “This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly remarkable set of scholars and leaders whose impressive work has advanced science, improved health, and made the world a better place for everyone. Their expertise in science, medicine, health, and policy in the U.S. and around the globe will help our organization address today’s most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care. It is my privilege to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”

New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. A diversity of talent among NAM’s membership is assured by its Articles of Organization, which stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions — for example, from such fields as law, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities. The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to 2,178 and the number of international members to 159.

Established originally as the Institute of Medicine in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine, and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors. NAM works alongside the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding. With their election, NAM members make a commitment to volunteer their service in National Academies activities.

Dr. Friedlander joins two other new University of Pittsburgh inductees to the academy, Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics, and Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD, executive vice chair and endowed Ronald D. Stewart Research Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine.