Singapore - Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the National University of Singapore (NUS), has become the first Singaporean member to be elected into the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM) - an esteemed organisation that serves as an adviser to the US and the global community on health and science issues.
NAM unveiled its new members - among them Prof Tan - at its annual meeting on Monday. They will join over 2,000 US and international members elected into the academy since its founding in 1970.
Said NAM president Victor J Dzau: "Our newly elected members represent the brightest, most influential, and passionate people in health, science, and medicine. The expertise they bring to the organisation will help us respond to today's most pressing health-related challenges and inform the future of health, science, and medicine."
For instance, a new ruling announced by the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services in July to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care cited a NAM report which found that one of the largest barriers to providing efficient, quality end-of-life care is the lack of coordination and communication among different components of the healthcare system, and that individual service needs and intensity will change over time.
Said Prof Tan: "To be elected into this illustrious group of distinguished scholars (at NAM) who have made such an impact on the information and policies we have today in the world of biomedicine, medicine and health is an incredible privilege."
The NUS-trained renal physician - also chairman of the National University Health System and deputy chairman of A*STAR - added that this is a "strong recognition" of the contributions made by Singapore and NUS to the study of medicine and health in Asia. It is also particularly meaningful in the 50th year of Singapore's independence and 110th year of NUS's founding as a "modest medical school", said Prof Tan.
Membership in NAM is for life. NAM members - up to 70 new regular members and 10 international members who are elected annually - serve voluntarily to provide unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information on health and science matters to policy-makers and professionals.
This article was first published on Oct 20, 2015.
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