Institute of Medicine honors Bouvé leadership

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The Bouvé College of Health Sciences is home to two members of the Institute of Medicine – considered a top honor bestowed upon researchers in the fields of health and medicine. Terry Fulmer, the recently appointed dean of Bouvé, was inducted in 2010. Professor Hortensia Amaro, associate dean of Bouvé and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research, was inducted last month.

An accomplished scholar, researcher and a nationally known expert in geriatrics, Fulmer was the founding dean of the New York University’s College of Nursing. She has also held academic positions at Boston College, Yale University, Columbia University and the Harvard Medical School Division on Aging. She has been a fellow at both the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine, and was the first nurse to serve as the president of the Gerontological Society of America. She earned a master’s degree in nursing and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. She received her bachelor of science from Skidmore College.

Amaro’s nationally recognized work includes developing an innovative integrated model for the treatment of substance abuse, mental illness, trauma, and HIV/AIDS. She has produced groundbreaking studies on clinical strategies for treating women, launched community-based addiction treatment programs, and forged vital connections between public health research and practice.

According to the IOM, new membership is determined by current active members through a highly selective process to identify individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Members are recognized for outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Established in 1970, the IOM is part of the National Academies and considered a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences is a center of excellence in health education, research and service. The college offers nine undergraduate and 29 graduate programs with an interdisciplinary emphasis that reflects today’s integrated approach to health care.