Today at its 42nd annual meeting, the Institute of Medicine honored members Haile T. Debas, Linda Rosenstock, and Gail Warden for their outstanding service.
Debas received the Walsh McDermott Medal, awarded to an IOM member for distinguished service over an extended period. Debas has taken on many roles since his election in 1990 and has been especially influential in shaping the conceptualization of and directions for IOM's work on global health. His leadership talents include making connections that others do not see and setting high standards and goals for what can be achieved. Through his service on multiple committees, he has challenged others to look beyond the usual boundaries of an issue and helped IOM produce visionary reports on global health, chronic and infectious diseases, and education, among other subjects. He has also encouraged committees to develop innovative perspectives and frame recommendations and actions that are both novel and important. Debas is senior global health adviser at the University of California, San Francisco.