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National Academy of Medicine

George D. Lundberg, elected 1992

George D. Lundberg

George D. Lundberg, MD, clinical professor of Pathology, is recognized internationally for his work in tropical medicine and forensic medicine. He is widely regarded as an early pioneer of the medical internet. For 17 years, Lundberg served as the editorial lead on 39 American Medical Association medical journals, “American Medical News” and various internet products.

Dudley Childress, elected 1995

Dudley Childress

Dudley Childress, PhD, was a faculty member at Feinberg for 47 years in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation before his retirement. He was a pioneer in biomechanics and rehabilitative engineering. Producing the first power controlled wheelchair and developing a state-of-the-art motion analysis system were among his many contributions to rehabilitative medicine.

Thomas E. Starzl, elected 1999

Thomas E. Starzl

Thomas E. Starzl, MD '52, PhD '52, and faculty member at Northwestern (1959-61), known as the father of transplantation, performed the first successful liver transplant in 1967 at the University of Colorado. Starzl also 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 post-transplantation survival rates.

Michael Fleming, elected 2005

Michael Fleming

Michael Fleming, MD, MPH, professor of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has served as the principal investigator on more than a dozen National Institutes of Health grants and contracts related to behavioral interventions in community-based primary care practices. Fleming has published more than 135 peer-reviewed research papers in more than 40 publications since 2005. In 2005, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. 

J. Larry Jameson, elected 2005

J. Larry Jameson

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, 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.”

Chad A. Mirkin, elected 2010

Chad A. Mirkin

Chad A. Mirkin, PhD, director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, is 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 nano-optics. He is the author of more than 440 manuscripts and over 400 patents and applications and is the founder of three nanotechnology companies. He holds membership in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, Inventors and Medicine.

David J. Skorton, elected 2010

David J. Skorton

David J. Skorton, MD, is the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1970 and the Feinberg School of Medicine in 1974. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Feinberg School of Medicine in 2009.

Serdar E. Bulun, elected 2015

Serdar E. Bulun

Serdar E. Bulun, MD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is widely recognized for pioneering molecular medicine in the field of gynecology. He discovered the epigenetic basis of endometriosis and introduced aromatase inhibitors as a novel class of drugs to effectively treat it. He has also contributed significantly to the systems biology of hormone-responsive disorders of the breast, including cancer.

Susan Skochelak, elected 2015

Susan Skochelak

Susan Skochelak, MD, MPH, is an adjunct professor of Family and Community Medicine and a nationally recognized authority in medical education. She serves as the group vice president for medical education at the American Medical Association, where she leads the strategic initiative “Accelerating Change in Medical Education,” and created the AMA Center to Transform Medical Education. 

Melina Kibbe, elected 2016

Melina Kibbe

Melina Kibbe, MD, ’03 GME, is an expert in the treatment of carotid stenosis, peripheral vascular disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms. From 2011-2016, she served as deputy director of Northwestern’s Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology and vice chair of the Department of Surgery. Northwestern recognized Kibbe for her outstanding talents as an educator of the next generation of surgeons, honoring her with 18 awards for teaching excellence.

Clyde W. Yancy, elected 2016

Clyde W. Yancy

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, is vice dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Magerstadt Professor and chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and professor of Medical Social Sciences. He is also a former president of the American Heart Association, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an internationally-recognized expert in preventive cardiology, cardiomyopathy, and racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease.

Teresa K. Woodruff, elected 2018

Teresa K. Woodruff

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, is an expert in ovarian biology. She is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the vice chair of research and the chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the director of the Center for Reproductive Science, founder and director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and director of the Oncofertility Consortium. She is a member of the National Academies of Medicine and Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

David Cella, elected 2019

David Cella

David Cella, PhD, is the Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Social Sciences and a pioneer in the science of patient-centered outcomes. A social scientist by training, he is widely regarded for innovations that better measure patient-reported outcomes and applying those measurements to clinical applications, including those used in health information technology.

Susan Quaggin, elected 2019

Susan Quaggin

Susan Quaggin, MD, is the Charles Horace Mayo Professor, Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine, and Director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute. A vascular biologist by training, she conducts basic and translational research on blood vessels to find new therapeutic targets for vascular health, particularly in the kidney, heart and eye. Leading the George M. O’Brien Kidney Center, she and collaborators are attempting to bioengineer new organs in a dish.  

John A. Rogers, elected 2019

John A. Rogers

John A. Rogers, PhD, is internationally known for designing and developing classes of electronic devices that can bend, stretch and twist, be integrated with the human body and have diverse diagnostic and therapeutic function. His research spans disciplines and exploits novel approaches to problems with the potential to change the fields of industrial, consumer and biocompatible electronics. He is a professor of Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the National Academies of Engineering, Inventors, Medicine and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Catherine Woolley, elected 2019

Catherine Woolley

Catherine Woolley, PhD, is the William Deering Chair in Biological Sciences and professor of Neurobiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a professor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology at Feinberg. A distinguished neuroscientist by training, she has worked to understand sex differences in the structure and function of the hippocampus and cerebellum.

William Grobman, elected 2020

William Grobman

William Grobman, MD, MBA, ’97 ’00 GME, vice chair for clinical operations and the Arthur Hale Curtis, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, investigates prediction and prevention of adverse obstetric health outcomes, such as preterm birth and preeclampsia. This research includes evaluations of chronic stress and other social determinants of health. He also has focused on determining approaches to labor and delivery that can help to safely reduce the chance of cesarean delivery.

Carla Pugh, elected 2021

Carla Pugh
Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, a member of the faculty as an associate professor of Surgery from 2003-2012, began her pioneering sensor technology research that helped to define, characterize, and inspire new and innovative performance metrics and data analysis strategies for the emerging field of digital healthcare. She has continued this distinguished career at Stanford University.

Guillermo A. Ameer, elected 2021

Guillermo A. Ameer

Guillermo Ameer, ScD, is the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of biomedical engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Ameer develops biomaterials and nanotechnology for regenerative engineering, tissue engineering, medical devices, drug delivery, and cell delivery applications.


Elizabeth M. McNally, elected 2021

Elizabeth M. McNally

Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, the Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine and director of the Center for Genetic Medicine, investigates the genetic mechanisms responsible for inherited human diseases including heart failure, cardiomyopathy, muscular dystrophy, arrhythmias and aortic aneurysms.  McNally’s contributions to genome analysis have bettered understanding of rare genetic variation, allowing identification of genes that modify the outcomes of genetic diseases. She is a professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, and of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Melissa Simon, elected 2021

Melissa Simon
Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, the George H. Gardner, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology, is a physician-scientist and activist, and works to promote health equity and eliminate health disparities for underserved communities as well as improve access to preventive care and cancer treatment for low-income women. A primary focus of her work is creating health interventions that reduce and eliminate these disparities through integrating health services research with social epidemiologic models. Simon is also the founding director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, and co-founder and current director of the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative.