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October 18, 2017

VA researcher Dr. Eve Kerr elected to National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Eve A. Kerr

 Dr. Eve A. Kerr

Dr. Eve A. Kerr, director of the VA Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.

Each year the academy elects up to 70 domestic members and 10 international members, based on their professional excellence and commitment to service, education, and research.

"These newly elected members represent the most exceptional scholars and leaders in science, medicine, and health in the U.S. and around the globe," said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau in a news release. "Their expertise will help our organization address today's most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care to benefit us all."

Kerr, who is also the Louis Newburgh Research Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, is an internationally acknowledged expert on methods to assess and improve the quality of patient care.

She is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, including a study published in JAMA in 2015 that found that many physicians failed to reduce medication levels in response to changes in older patients' blood sugar or blood pressure levels.

Kerr is active in numerous organizations that are dedicated to improving patient care both in the U.S. and internationally. She is immediate past-chair of the American College of Physicians' Committee on Performance Measurement and a member of VA's Performance Accountability Workgroup, to name a few. She is also active in Choosing Wisely International, an international campaign devoted to reducing the number of unnecessary medical tests and procedures.

In May 2017, Kerr received the VA Under Secretary of Health's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. It is the highest honor that VA's Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) bestows.

The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) is an independent organization composed of noted experts in health and medicine, and the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. It serves in collaboration with the National Academies of Science and Engineering to advise the United States and the international community on matters important to medicine and public health.

The 2017 elected class will be inducted next year at the National Academy of Medicine's annual meeting to be held October 13-15, 2018, in Washington D.C.


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