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Andrea Cheville, M.D., of Mayo Clinic elected to the National Academy of Medicine

October 19, 2016

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Andrea Cheville, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation researcher and director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Being elected to the academy, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, is considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine.

Dr. Cheville is one of two Mayo Clinic physicians to be elected this year. Orthopedic surgeon and researcher Michael Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D., also was selected.

"To have colleagues from distinct practice areas recognized in the same year is an incredible honor for them individually and for Mayo Clinic as a whole," says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. "Such recognition underscores the commitment of our physician-scientists in advancing research to address unmet patient needs, educating the next generation of physicians and scientists, and providing unparalleled care for patients and their families.

" Dr. Cheville is well-known for developing patient-centric, cost-effective strategies for delivering supportive care to people with complex and chronic conditions. Her clinical and research interests are cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema and palliative medicine. She has examined factors that cause people with cancer and other chronic conditions to lose function and shown that these factors are widely undertreated, especially in the outpatient setting.

Dr. Cheville is professor and chair of research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, where she directs the cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema clinic. She is medical director for the Care Experience Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

Dr. Cheville earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and her master of science degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. She is board?certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine.

In June 2016, she was appointed to the Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section in the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review. This group, which is made up of experts in health care delivery, reviews complex and multidisciplinary grant applications for possible funding.

"Dr. Cheville's research has brought significant improvements in identifying, preventing and remediating disability in people with chronic illness," Dr. Noseworthy says. "Her work has led to innovations in clinical practice at our cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema clinic, namely integrating palliative principles into the holistic rehabilitation of patients with late-stage cancer."

Dr. Cheville also has worked extensively with trainees characterizing the epidemiology of function loss, developing algorithms to predict disability and extending collaborative care models to the delivery of function-directed care.

Dr. Cheville has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Established as the Institute of Medicine in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine and related policy. Current active members elect new members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. Once elected, members commit to volunteering their service in the academies' activities. One of four national academies, it is based in Washington, D.C.
Other physicians who have been elected to the academy while at Mayo Clinic include: Clifford Jack, M.D. (2013), Richard Ehman, M.D. (2010), Denis Cortese, M.D. (2005), Andrew Engel, M.D. (2003), and the late Thoralf M. Sundt, M.D. (1991). The National Academy of Medicine has about 1,800 active members.

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