Biostatistician elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 16, 2017

Nicholas Jewell, professor of biostatistics and statistics, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Individuals are elected because they have shown outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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“These newly elected members represent the most exceptional scholars and leaders in science, medicine, and health in the U.S. and around the globe,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “Their expertise will help our organization address today’s most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care to benefit us all. I am honored to welcome these distinguished individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”

Current members elect new members who have made major contributions in advancing the fields of medical science, health care, and public health. Jewell is among 70 new regular members and 10 international members, bringing the total membership count of the organization to 2,127 and the number of international members to 172.

“I was delighted to hear the news and very humbly grateful for all the shoulders that have supported me over the years. It is particularly gratifying since so few biostatisticians are elected to the National Academy,” said Jewell. “The award inspires me to keep working to improve the health of all people around the world but especially vulnerable populations.”

Jewell has expertise in statistical methods related to infectious diseases, biostatistical techniques in epidemiological data analysis, survival analysis and stochastic processes, and genomics. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He has been at UC Berkeley since 1981, in the School of Public Health and the Department of Statistics, and held many leadership roles at the university, including Vice Provost from 1994 to 2000.

By Jamari Snipes