Friday, March 18, 2016

Institute of Medicine Renamed the "Health and Medicine Division"

'SOURCE:  National Academy of Sciences, Health and Medicine Division, March 18, 2016

The Institute of Medicine is now the
Health and Medicine Division

The division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) that focuses on health and medicine was renamed the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) instead of using the name Institute of Medicine (IOM). This new name builds on the heritage of the IOM’s work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters.

The Health and Medicine Division will maintain the quality and soundness of our past health policy advice to the nation through rigorous study processes and the independent, objective analysis and advice for which the IOM and the Academies have been known. HMD will continue to conduct consensus studies and convening activities through the six core boards that were part of the IOM. 

HMD is now fully integrated into the broader work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which is facilitating more collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. This integration results from organizational changes that took place in July 2015, when the National Academy of Medicine was formed and joined the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in overseeing the seven program divisions of the Academies.

Please direct any questions about the division’s name change to Clyde Behney, Executive Director of HMD, at If you have any questions regarding branding concerns, please contact Nicole Joy, Director of Communications of HMD, at, or Greta Gorman, Communications Officer of HMD, at

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