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University of Utah’s Capecchi, Lee, named to National Academy of Medicine

First Published      Last Updated Mar 14 2017 07:25 pm

Honor » They join 21 others from U.

Two scientists from the University of Utah have been named to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine: geneticist Mario R. Capecchi and Vivian S. Lee, dean of the medical school.

Capecchi and Lee are among 70 new U.S. members and 10 non-U.S. members elected in the class of 2015, the academy announced this week.

They join 21 others associated with the U. who are members of the academy.

U. President David W. Pershing, said both have made "significant impacts on the lives of people everywhere," according to a news release.

"Whether it's through research in the lab, or in the clinic and classroom, or by tackling health care reform through containing costs, they are truly among the leaders of modern medicine," he said.

Under her leadership, the system has been recognized nationally for transparency. It was the first major health care system to identify its true costs for providing services, the news release said.