Announced in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the new MacArthur Fellows include several working in medicine, health, and medical humanities:
Regina Benjamin, 59, founder and chief executive of Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, in Bayou La Batre, Ala. She is a rural family physician forging a model of compassionate and effective medical care in one of the most underserved regions of the United States.
Wafaa El-Sadr, 58, director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She is an infectious-disease specialist who has developed a multipronged approach to treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
Susan Mango, 47, professor, department of oncological sciences, University of Utah. She is a biologist who synthesizes approaches from genetics, genomics, ecology, and embryology to understand how complex organs are formed.
Diane Meier, 56, professor, departments of geriatrics and internal medicine; director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute; and director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York. She is a geriatrician who is shaping the field of palliative care and making its benefits available to millions of Americans suffering from serious illness.
Peter Pronovost, 43, professor, department of anesthesiology and critical-care medicine, and director, Quality and Safety Research Group, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a physician who devises life-saving clinical practices that are improving patient safety in hospitals across the United States.
Nancy Siraisi, 76, historian, in New York. She is a scholar of medicine whose erudite and insightful works have opened up new areas of inquiry within medieval and Renaissance history.
Sally Temple, 49, scientific director, New York Neural Stem Cell Institute, in Albany, N.Y. She is a developmental neuroscientist who traces the mechanisms by which embryonic progenitor cells divide into highly specialized neurons and support cells.
Rachel Wilson, 34, assistant professor of neurobiology, Harvard Medical School. She has expanded on her initial training in neuropharmacology to develop a systems-level approach to understanding sensory physiology.
The foundation’s Web site: http://www.macfound.org