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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health CEO and President Joins National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Joanne M. Conroy

I look forward to sharing what we have learned at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health as we continue our journey to integrate both groundbreaking research and stellar standards of care across our rural academic health care system.

Joanne M. Conroy, MD

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has announced that Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD, was among those elected as a regular member of the organization on Monday, October 19, 2020. Conroy was selected for leading one of the nation's most rural academic medical centers and being a pioneer in telemedicine and shared decision-making. Election to NAM 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.

“I am deeply honored to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine, especially in this time when the need for medical innovation is so critical to the health of our society,” Conroy said. “NAM marshals the scientific and technical wisdom of the United States in the national interest, particularly to provide advisory, services to the United States government. I look forward to sharing what we have learned at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health as we continue our journey to integrate both groundbreaking research and stellar standards of care across our rural academic health care system.

”New members of NAM are elected by current members through a 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 NAM’s membership is assured by its Articles of Organization, which stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions — for example, from such fields as law, engineering, social sciences and the humanities. With election, NAM members make a commitment to volunteer their service in National Academies activities.

“Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is honored that Dr. Conroy will be a member of the National Academy of Medicine. As the leader of one of the only rural academic health care systems in the country, her knowledge and expertise will be an important voice to add to the discussions about the future of health and health care,” said Edward A. Stansfield, III, MA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Board Chair.  

Established originally as the Institute of Medicine in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors. NAM works alongside the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.

“This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly exceptional group of scholars and leaders whose expertise in science, medicine, health, and policy will be integral to helping the NAM address today’s most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care for the benefit of everyone around the globe,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “It is my privilege to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”Conroy and the rest of her class will be recognized at NAM’s next annual meeting in October 2021.


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