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International honor for city pediatrician

Shen Xiaoming, a local pediatric expert, was yesterday elected the new foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in the United States.

The names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates were announced during its 43rd annual meeting.

Shen, from Xinhua Hospital and Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, and Fan Daiming, a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering and a professor at Xijing Hospital of Digestive Diseases in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province, were the two Chinese honored among foreign associates this year.

Election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to services.

Shen is the first pediatrician from China’s mainland to be elected as a foreign associate of the IOM.

Previously, five mainland medical experts including former Health Minister Chen Zhu have received the same honor.

He has focused on research on the environment and children’s health, including hearing screening for newborns, prevention and treatment of lead poisoning in children and sleeping disorders.

Shen is also active in providing advice to the government on health policy.

“I felt a great honor of receiving the membership and it is also a push for pediatrics in China,” Shen said.

The newly elected members raise IOM’s total active membership to 1,753 and the number of foreign associates to 120.



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