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George Lundberg, elected 1992

George Lundberg

George D. Lundberg, MD, Clinical Professor of Pathology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, is recognized internationally for his work in tropical medicine in Central America and Forensic Medicine in New York, Sweden, and England. His major professional interests are toxicology, violence, communication, physician behavior, strategic management, and health system reform. He is regarded widely as an early pioneer of the medical internet. 

Dr. Lundberg is past President of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. For seventeen years, he was employed by the American Medical Association as Editor in Chief, Scientific Information and Multimedia with editorial responsibility for its 39 medical journals, American Medical News, and various Internet products, and the Editor of JAMA. In 1999, he became Editor in Chief of Medscape and now serves as the Editor in Chief of Medscape General Medicine. A frequent lecturer on internet medicine and health care reform, Dr. Lundberg is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

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Dudley Childress, elected 1995

Dudley Childress

Dudley S. Childress, PhD, professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine worked to advance prosthetic, orthotic, and assistive device technology. His research concentrated in the areas of biomechanics, human walking, artificial limbs, ambulation aids, and rehabilitation engineering.

Under Childress' direction, the first systems were developed to control power wheelchairs by switches that are activated by sipping and puffing on a tube or using other minimal movements. His group also developed one of the first environmental control systems enabling persons with paralyzed hands and arms to activate electrical devices such as lights and appliances. In 1998, Childress and his colleagues developed a state-of-the-art motion analysis system, one of a few such research tools dedicated to studies of prostheses, orthoses, and other ambulation and manipulation aids. Childress received the Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rehabilitation Research and Development in 2002, the VA's highest honor for VA rehabilitation investigators. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995.

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Thomas E. Starzl, elected 1999

Thomas E. Starzl

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, received a master's degree in anatomy in 1950 and in 1952 earned a doctoral degree in neurophysiology and a medical degree with distinction from Northwestern University Medical School. He served on the faculty of the medical school from 1958 to 1961 and joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine as an associate professor in surgery in 1962. He was known as the father of transplantation, and performed the first successful liver transplant in 1967 at the University of Colorado. Starzl conducted the first multiple organ transplant in 1983, the first heart and liver transplant in 1984, and the first liver and intestine transplant in 1990. In 1980 he introduced the anti-rejection medications, anti-lymphocyte globulin and cyclosporine. He was instrumental in developing tacrolimus, a drug that significantly increased survival rates in transplantation patients.

Starzl joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as professor of surgery in 1981. Northwestern University presented Starzl with an honorary doctor of science degree in 1982. In 1996 the University of Pittsburgh’s transplant center was renamed the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, where he still devotes his time to research and as a professor. He was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 1999 and received a Lasker Award in 2012.

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Michael Fleming, elected 2005

Michael Fleming

Michael Fleming, MD, MPH, professor in Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was elected in 2005 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  He is also the director of the MSTP Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Fleming’s research and training focuses on behavioral interventions in community-based primary care practices. He has served as the principal investigator on more than a dozen National Institutes of Health grants and contracts related to phospholipids, alcohol biomarkers, chronic pain, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, pharmacotherapy trials, and educational interventions. Fleming has had more than 135 peer-reviewed research papers in more than 40 publications since 2005.

He joined Feinberg in the fall of 2010 as a professor and vice chair for Research and Faculty Development. Before coming to Feinberg, he served as a professor of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and held the position of director for the Pain and Inpatient Addiction Medicine consult services at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.  He also was director of research, education, and career development programs at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

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J. Larry Jameson, elected 2005

J. Larry Jameson

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, joined the Northwestern University Medical School faculty in 1993 as chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine. He was the Irving S. Cutter Professor and served as chair of the department of medicine from 2000 to 2007, when he was named vice president for medical affairs and dean of the medical school. He has a long-standing interest in the genetics of endocrine tumors and possible approaches to their treatment. He has published more than 250 scientific articles and co-edited the fourth and the fifth editions of the authoritative text, DeGroot and Jameson’s Endocrinology. He is His book Principles of Molecular Medicine received the Best Health Science Book of 1998 award.  He has served as an editor for the 15th and 16th editions of Harrison’s, Principles of Internal Medicine and is an editor of Harrison’s Online.

Jameson served as president of the Endocrine Society and has received several awards, including the Oppenheimer Award from the Endocrine Society and the Van Meter Award from the American Thyroid Association. He has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and, in 2004, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. He joined the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

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Chad Mirkin, elected 2010

Chad Mirkin

Chad Mirkin, PhD, director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, and professor of Medicine-Infectious Diseases, came to Northwestern University in 1991 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry.

A world renowned nanoscience expert, he is known for the development of nanoparticle-based biodetection schemes, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography, and contributions to supramolecular chemistry, nanoelectronics, and nanooptics. He is the author of more than 440 manuscripts and over 400 patents and applications, and the founder of three companies, Nanosphere, NanoInk, and Aurasense, which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life science and semiconductor industries. He is a member of President Obama's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009 for the development of DNA programmable inorganic materials and dip pen nanolithography. He was elected in 2010 to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

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