Margaret A. (Peggy) Hamburg, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been appointed as the next foreign secretary of the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences. In this part-time position, Hamburg will serve as a senior adviser on international matters to the IOM president and council and as liaison to foreign academies of medicine and science. Her term, which begins on April 6 and is effective through June 30, 2019, follows the outstanding service over the past eight and a half years in this role of Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the New York Academy of Medicine. As IOM engagement in matters of health that extend beyond the United States continues to expand, so does the importance of the foreign secretary’s role. Thanks to Boufford’s leadership, the IOM is highly sought after as a partner in international efforts to improve health and advance the role of academies in advising governments on policy issues that impact health.