Dr. Nancy Messonnier, dean and Bryson Distinguished Professor in Public Well being on the UNC Gillings Faculty of World Public Well being, has been elected to the Nationwide Academy of Medication. This election is taken into account one of many highest honors within the fields of well being and medication.
The academy acknowledges people who’ve demonstrated excellent skilled achievement and dedication to service all through their careers. New members are elected by present members by way of a course of that acknowledges main contributions to the development of the medical sciences, well being care and public well being.
Messonnier was chosen for NAM membership in 2021 and has been working with the group for a few yr. The pandemic delayed her formal induction, however she was capable of journey to Washington, D.C., in October 2022 for orientation and a ceremony honoring the latest class of members.
“I’m extremely honored to hitch the Nationwide Academy of Medication,” she mentioned. “I labored with NAM members after I was on the CDC and so they have at all times taken on a very powerful subjects of the day. NAM has performed a key position in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as a non-conflicted, unbiased scientific physique with consultants from a variety of fields pondering deeply on important points.”
Messonnier started her public well being profession in 1995 on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention as an epidemic intelligence officer and went on to carry quite a few posts throughout the group, together with first as deputy director after which as director of the Nationwide Heart for Immunization and Respiratory Illnesses from 2014-2021.
Her many accomplishments embody management roles in growing and implementing a low-cost vaccine to stop epidemic meningitis in Africa; in responding to the 2001 anthrax assaults; and in selling vaccine confidence and addressing disparities in immunization protection.
She additionally led the NCIRD response to the COVID-19 pandemic, serving because the CDC’s chief architect on the vaccine implementation program that helped to develop, consider and distribute vaccines throughout the US.
Whereas on the Skoll Basis — a non-public basis that invests in social entrepreneurs and different innovators — Messonnier continued to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and labored to construct a worldwide response and preparedness system to stop future pandemics.
“It’s my privilege to welcome this extraordinary class of latest members. Their contributions to well being and medication are unmatched — they’ve made groundbreaking discoveries, taken daring motion in opposition to social inequities and led the response to a few of the best public well being challenges of our time,” mentioned Nationwide Academy of Medication President Dr. Victor J. Dzau, in an announcement recognizing the election of 100 new members. “That is additionally the NAM’s most numerous class of latest members thus far, composed of roughly 50% girls and 50% racial and ethnic minorities. This class represents many identities and experiences — all of that are completely obligatory to deal with the existential threats going through humanity. I stay up for working with all of our new members within the years forward.”