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Akinlolu Ojo, executive dean of KU School of Medicine, elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, the prestigious National Academy of Medicine has approximately 2,200 members worldwide.

Akinlolu Ojo stands on a stairwell in the Health Education Building
Ojo has dedicated his career to the study of kidney disease and has set standards for chronic kidney disease and transplantation worldwide.

Akinlolu Ojo, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, executive dean at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

“Membership to the National Academy of Medicine demonstrates the impact of Dr. Ojo’s career as one of the leading academic physicians in the country,” said Robert D. Simari, M.D., executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center. “He has dedicated his career to the study of kidney disease and has set standards for chronic kidney disease and transplantation worldwide.”

New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of medical sciences, health care and public health. Election to the NAM 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 service.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Akinlolu Ojo’s recognition as a member of the National Academy of Medicine,” said Douglas A. Girod, M.D., chancellor of the University of Kansas. “The caliber of this award demonstrates the incredible contribution that Dean Ojo has made to medicine and the quality of KU faculty and researchers. As one of the nation’s leading research institutions and a member of the Association of American Universities, KU aspires to improve the world through education, service and research—and Dean Ojo helps us do this each and every day.”

Ojo was selected for his work identifying major racial disparities in kidney transplantation. He established a national donor assistance program that has supported more than 10,000 live organ donors.  Ojo also established a continent-wide research consortium conducting clinical and translational research in more than 14,000 sub-Saharan African individuals.

“Many of the achievements attributed to my election were the product of collaborative efforts,” Ojo said.  “And I am grateful for the contributions and efforts of my colleagues here at KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System, and throughout the world.” 

Established originally 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 and inspires positive actions across sectors. Ninety regular members and 10 international members were elected in 2022.

“This extraordinary class of new members is comprised of exceptional scholars and leaders who have been at the forefront of responding to serious public health challenges, combatting social inequities and achieving innovative discoveries,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau, M.D.  “Their expertise will be vital to informing the future of health and medicine for the benefit of us all.  I am truly honored to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”

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