Feinberg cardiologist named to National Academy of Medicine

Tori Latham, Features Editor

The chief of cardiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine was elected to the National Academy of Medicine on Monday.

Dr. Clyde Yancy, who also serves as the vice dean for diversity and inclusion at Feinberg, was chosen because of his professional successes and commitment to service, according to a Feinberg news release. The National Academy of Medicine serves as a source of expert opinion on health-related issues and gives advice to policymakers and health professionals.

“I am truly humbled by this election,” Yancy said in the release. “This honor is less a celebration and more a platform to press with even more vigor as a leader, teacher, investigator and physician.”

Yancy’s achievements include the publication of more than 400 scientific papers and being ranked as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world by a Reuters analysis, according to the release. He has been awarded with the American Heart Association’s highest honor, the Gold Heart Award and was named the organization’s Physician of the Year in 2003. He also previously served as the association’s president.

Dr. Eric G. Neilson, Feinberg’s vice president for medical affairs, praised Yancy’s election in the news release.

“Clyde is an exceptional scientist and a superb physician, and his election into the National Academy of Medicine is well-earned,” Neilson said. “His extensive research achievements, as well as outstanding service and leadership, have contributed greatly to the medical school and the field of cardiology alike.”

In the release, Yancy thanked a number of people who have contributed to his successes over the years, including his mentors, peers, students, trainees and family. His greatest praise, however, went out to the people he has served throughout his career.

“I am forever appreciative of all the patients who have taught me much about medicine and more about life,” Yancy said.

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