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Seven Penn faculty members have been elected into the National Academy of Medicine, reported Penn Medicine News this week. Established in 1970 to advise the country on issues relating to medicine and health, the NAM is considered one of the most prestigious organizations in the field of medicine. 

Penn's seven new inductees join over 50 of their colleagues on the board, which now has a total member of 2,127. This year, a total of 80 professors, doctors, scientists and researchers were invited to join the academy. 

NAM works with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct independent research that services the country and informs decisions in public policy. To be elected, potential members have to demonstrate outstanding professional achievement as well as a commitment to public service. They are selected by the current members of NAM for their contributions to advancing medical sciences, health care and public health. 

The newest Penn members include: Medicine professor and Department Chair of Cancer Biology Lewis A. Chodosh, Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Perelman School of Medicine Christos Coutifaris and the Distinguished Chair of Pediatrics Flaura K. Winston.