PITTSBURGH, Oct. 12 – Donald S. Burke, M.D., dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in health and medicine.
The selection of Dr. Burke, an expert in the prevention, diagnosis and control of infectious diseases, will be announced today at the IOM’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
“Election to the Institute of Medicine is highly selective, bestowed only on those physician-scientists who have made remarkable contributions to the fields of health and medicine,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “Given Dr. Burke’s groundbreaking work in the mitigation of infectious diseases of global concern and his commitment to improving the lives of others around the world, his selection is a great honor not only for him, but for the University of Pittsburgh.”
Dr. Burke, associate vice chancellor for Global Health at the University of Pittsburgh and director of Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research, has focused his research on HIV/AIDS, tropical viruses, hepatitis, influenza and emerging infectious diseases. His life-long mission has been to prevent and lessen the impact of epidemic infectious diseases around the world.
“I can think of no one more deserving of this high