The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center continues to create recognition-worthy accomplishments, with two of its faculty recently named as the newest members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Waun Ki Hong, M.D., head of Cancer Medicine, and Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Science, were announced on Monday as the newly-elected members of the IOM, as they join five other MD Anderson faculty in the recognition. With membership in the IOM only being achieved through demonstration of outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service, the announcement speaks to the accomplishments not only of these doctors, but of the MD Anderson Cancer Center as a whole.
“Their election reflects two truths about MD Anderson today. Waun Ki Hong personifies the institution’s established excellence in patient care and research. Helen Piwnica-Worms is an exceptional scientist who came to MD Anderson recently to help carry out our mission to eradicate cancer.”
The five other IOM members at MD Anderson joined by Waun Ki Hong and Helen Piwnica-Worms are as follows:
President Ronald DePinho, M.D.; John Mendelsohn, M.D., former president and director of the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy; Lynda Chin, M.D., chair of Genomic Medicine and scientific director of the Institute for Applied Cancer Science; Ellen Gritz, Ph.D., chair of Behavioral Science; and James Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology.