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Dr. Stephen Hargarten elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences

Oct. 17, 2011 College News - The National Academy of Sciences announced today in Washington, D.C. that Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine, is one of 65 physicians or scientists from the United States who have been elected to the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Five other physicians and scientists from outside the United States were elected as foreign associates.

Dr. Hargarten is the Director of the Medical College’s Injury Research Center and serves as Associate Dean of the Global Health Program. He has received numerous awards in recognition for teaching excellence, research in injury prevention, and public service. He is the founding president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and a past president of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine, as well as having served on many expert committees and advisory task forces.

“Dr. Hargarten is one of the world’s leading researchers on injury prevention and has brought great distinction to his department and MCW through this work and his excellence in the other missions of the College. His election to the Institute of Medicine is an incredible honor that is well-deserved,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Interim Dean and Executive Vice President.

New members are elected by current active members through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. A diversity of talent among IOM's membership is assured by the Institute's charter, which stipulates that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from outside the health professions.

Established in 1970 as the health branch of the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Members participate in national and global health initiatives; last year, highlighted programs included preparing for the future of HIV and AIDS in Africa.

“I am deeply honored to have received this recognition, and look forward to contributing to the Institute of Medicine’s many important initiatives,” said Dr. Hargarten, when he learned of his election.

Dr. Hargarten has dedicated much of his life’s work to preventing injury. In 1997, he was awarded a grant to establish the nation’s first Firearm Injury Center at the Medical College. Collaborating with medical examiners/coroners, law enforcement agencies, and crime labs, Dr Hargarten led the pilot work that eventually resulted in establishing the National Violent Death Reporting System, currently in 18 states, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2001, Dr. Hargarten was instrumental in establishing the Injury Research Center at the Medical College, a federally funded center to address the burden of injury in the Great Lakes Region of the Midwest. In addition to his clinical and research experience, Dr. Hargarten has a long history of involvement in public policy advocacy for injury control. He served as Co-Chair of the State Medical Society's Health of the Public's Council and previously served as Chair of the Society's Injury Prevention Committee.

Currently, Dr. Hargarten serves on the board of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety as well on the board of directors of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT). Dr. Hargarten has a long history of extramurally funded research in injury prevention, and has published over 100 research articles, editorials and chapters.

Along with colleagues in emergency medicine and in collaboration with the Center for International Health, Dr. Hargarten has served as co-principal investigator on large emergency medicine services (EMS) training projects in Poland, Croatia, Latvia, and China.

An alumnus of the Medical College, Dr. Hargarten joined the faculty in 1989. He completed his internship at the Gorgas Hospital in Panama, and previously served as a staff physician in the emergency departments at St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s Hospitals before joining the College and the staff at the Milwaukee County Hospital and Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Hargarten completed his MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene in 1984. He was inducted into the Society of Scholars at Hopkins in May 2011.

The Institute of Medicine is unique in its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization. Members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards, and other activities. The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,688 and the number of foreign associates to 102. With an additional 80 members holding emeritus status, IOM’s total membership is 1,870.

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