Goldman Named to IOM

SPPD’s Goldman Named to Institute of Medicine

Dana Goldman

By Anna Cearley

Dana Goldman, a professor with the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, has been named to the Institute of Medicine — one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Goldman oversees the newly-created Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. He holds the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, and he also has a faculty appointment at the School of Pharmacy.

Goldman, who is best known for his contributions to health economics and health policy, came to USC this year from the RAND Corporation, where he was director of the RAND Health Economics, Finance and Organization division.

“We are extremely pleased to have one of our faculty members join the prestigious Institute of Medicine,” said School of Policy, Planning and Development Dean Jack Knott. “This recognition reflects the high value we place on the quality and expertise of our faculty members, and the priority we place on student learning.”

New members to the lifetime appointments to the Institute of Medicine are elected by current active members through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.

Goldman is one of two USC faculty members recently named to the Institute. The other is Mark Humayun, a professor of ophthalmology, cell and neurobiology, and biomedical engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Doheny Eye Institute at USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

The Institute of Medicine, established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, functions as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization providing independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. The addition of recently-elected members bring the Institute of Medicine’s total active membership to 1,610 and the number of foreign associates to 93. An additional 75 members hold emeritus status.

“The Institute of Medicine provides an opportunity to engage in research with some of the nation’s top health experts, and I am honored to represent the University of Southern California as part of this tradition,” said Goldman. “I look forward to collaborating with the other Institute members in our shared mission to find ways to improve the health care system.”

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