The DPC congratulates Keith C. Norris, M.D., Ph.D., for his election into the National Academy of Medicine—among the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Dr. Norris serves as the Principal Investigator for the Coordination & Evaluation Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Norris is a professor and executive vice chair for equity, diversity and inclusion in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is co-director of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute's community engagement research program.
Dr. Norris was recognized for "making substantive intellectual, scientific, and policy contributions to the areas of chronic kidney disease and health disparities in under-resourced minority communities; developing transformative methods for community-partnered research; and developing and implementing innovative programs that have successfully increased diversity in the biomedical/health workforce."
"I am honored to be elected into the National Academy of Medicine," he said. "This would not have been possible without the many outstanding colleagues and collaborators who inspire me every day to advance health equity and center my work on marginalized communities that our nation has left behind."
Dr. Norris is one of three UCLA faculty who were elected into the Academy: Helena Hansen, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, and Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD, the Francis and Albert Piansky Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Steven M. Dubinett, MD, interim dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA associate vice chancellor for research, congratulated the faculty members.
"The election of Drs. Hansen, Norris and Tontonoz to the National Academy of Medicine reflect the deep and broad excellence of our medical school faculty and our shared commitment to service and impactful research that advances equitable health care," Dubinett said.
For more information, please read the UCLA press release.