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Rachel Levine Elected to National Academy of Medicine

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The National Academy of Medicine announced on Monday that the United States assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, Admiral Rachel Levine, a medical doctor specializing in pediatrics, is among 100 newly elected people to receive the prestigious honor.Levine is additionally a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.The National Academy of Medicine is an independent organization of leading professionals focused on health, medicine, and related policy issues in its domestic and global initiatives.Election to NAM “is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service,” according to the Academy’s announcement.“For her expertise in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and being the first openly transgender official ever to be confirmed by the U.S.

Senate,” the announcement reads. “She is a voice for federal-state cooperation, issues of health equity, and has been an outstanding leader in emergency response to addiction and overdose.”Members recognize and elect individuals who have made significant contributions to medical science, health care, and public health.A spokesperson for Levine told The Advocate that she was unavailable because of travel at the time of the inquiry but drew attention to Levine’s recent Twitter activity.In response to the news of her election to the Academy, Levine tweeted that she was “incredibly honored to have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine this year.

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