Harvey Fineberg, M.D., who steered the Institute of Medicine through its groundbreaking research on medication errors, health information technology, quality-of-care and access issues, has been appointed to a second six-year term as its president. Before his first term, which started in 2002, Fineberg was dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and also served as the university's provost.
Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, praised Fineberg's direction, adding that he "has positioned the IOM to make progressively greater impacts on the U.S. medical-care system as well as the health of individual Americans."
This year, Fineberg, 62, was voted No. 38 on the Modern Physician/Modern Healthcare list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.
Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the 1,625-member IOM enlists members of the healthcare industry to study health policy matters for government, military and public-sector groups.
Fineberg has been an IOM member since 1982, co-chairing a committee that tackled HIV prevention strategies and participating on many others. "The need for objective, evidence-based guidance in health has never been greater, and it is a special privilege at this time to serve as president of the IOM," he said in a written statement.