Dean Goldman Awarded the Walsh McDermott Medal at the National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting

Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, received the Walsh McDermott Medal at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) held in Washington, DC. The Walsh McDermott Medal is awarded to a NAM member for distinguished service to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine over an extended period of time.

Dean Goldman has chaired or served on numerous committees and forums for the National Academies. For example, Goldman lent her expertise in environmental research and policy to activities that focused on the health of Gulf War veterans, the health impacts of genetically engineered food, climate change, second hand smoke and other pressing public health topics. She currently serves on the NAM Governing Council, the Governing Board of the National Academy of Sciences and, for the National Academy of Sciences’ Engineering and Medicine, the Committee for the Division on Earth and Life Studies, the Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research During Large-Scale Emergency Events and the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine. Formerly she served as a member of the Academies Report Review Committee.

Jane Henney, MD, the Home Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, awarded the medal to Dean Goldman at the October 17 NAM annual meeting.

Dean Goldman’s expertise as a physician, epidemiologist and environmental health expert is well-known both inside the National Academy of Medicine and worldwide. Prior to taking the helm of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Goldman served as a professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A leader in environmental health policy as well as research, she served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, where she was responsible for the national implementation of chemical and pesticide safety and pollution prevention laws.

In addition to the Walsh McDermott Medal, Dean Goldman has received many other accolades for her work over the years including a 2009 Heinz Award given to innovators addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities; alumna of the year by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health; the Woodrow Wilson Award for Excellence in Government from Johns Hopkins University; and one of the top 150 alumni of UC San Francisco.

The National Academy of Medicine’s 2016 annual meeting also included a keynote address by William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, Chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dietz gave a talk on the U.S. patterns and disparities in the prevalence of obesity.

Vital Directions for Health and Health Care, a policy initiative of the National Academy of Medicine was also discussed at the NAM annual meeting. Dean Goldman, Professor Dietz and other faculty members at the George Washington University are participating in that policy initiative. Goldman was the lead author for Advancing the Health of Communities and Populations, a “perspective” article that was part of the Vital Directions initiative.

Read a National Academy of Medicine interview with Dean Lynn Goldman.