Faculty Members Paula Lantz & Sara Rosenbaum Join Institute of Medicine

November 01, 2012

In October of 2012, the Institute of Medicine elected Trachtenberg affiliate faculty Paula Lantz and Sara Rosenbaum for membership in their distinguished organization. Election to the Institute of Medicine – established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences – is considered one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine. This honor recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.

Dr. Lantz’s areas of expertise include cancer prevention, protection of infant health and elimination of the vast inequities in health status and health care access in the United States. Dr. Lantz has received research funding from major institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She recently received a project award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study communication strategies regarding evidenced-based guidelines for clinical preventive services, and her work has appeared, among other publications, in American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Ms. Rosenbaum joined George Washington University in 1991. She has devoted her professional career to issues of health justice for populations who are medically underserved as a result of race, poverty, disability or cultural exclusion. 

Ms. Rosenbaum has emphasized public engagement as a core element of her professional life, providing public service to six presidential administrations and 15 Congresses since 1977. She is best known for her work on the expansion of Medicaid, the expansion of community health centers, patients’ rights in managed care, civil rights and health care and national health reform.

The George Washington University Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services (now called the Milken Institute School of Public Health) Lynn R. Goldman stated, “This is an incredible honor and exemplifies the eminence of our faculty in the health policy arena. I sincerely congratulate Paula and Sara.”