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Prabhat Jha inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Medicine

Toronto, October 17, 2016

Dr. Prabhat Jha
Dr. Prabhat Jha

Dr. Prabhat Jha has become an international member of the National Academy of Medicine, a prestigious U.S. organization. He’s one of only nine international members selected by the Academy in 2016.

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is an independent organization of eminent professionals from fields including health and medicine and natural, social and behavioral sciences. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors.

“The National Academy of Medicine does so much to advance science and its uses,” said Dr. Jha, director for the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital and professor of Global Health at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. “I am delighted to be accepted by my peers into this prestigious organization.”

Established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine, the NAM is a national alliance of experts who provide advice on scientific aspects of domestic and international issues that have a global impact. The NAM elects no more than 70 regular members and 10 international members annually. Membership in the NAM reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service.

“St. Michael’s is a global leader in urban health and Prabhat’s work certainly underscores the hospital’s commitment to world-leading research that advances health for all, especially the disadvantaged—both in Toronto and around the world,” said Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice-president of Research for St. Michael’s.

Dr. Jha is a lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India, which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in more than two million homes. His significant research on tobacco control has enabled a global treaty that is now signed by more than 180 countries and is helping to reduce the number of tobacco-related deaths worldwide.


By Nicole Bodnar, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.