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Jan. 25, 2012 Volume 33, No. 17

Physician, administrator named to Institute of Medicine


NATIONAL HONOR MU physician Michael LeFevre jokes with patient Bernadine Ford. LeFevre, who heads the clinical activities of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, was elected to the Institute of Medicine, the health branch of the National Academies of Science. Shane Epping photo


MU physician’s honor is hot news nationally

Michael LeFevre is a nationally respected expert on health policy, but to his young patients, he’s the doctor who can quack like Donald Duck.

It’s a good mix of talents for the family-medicine physician recognized in October with membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine, the health branch of the National Academies of Science.

LeFevre should have suspected the honor was coming. He’s co-vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a position largely considered a launching pad for the IOM.

Task force members study medical problems that affect large parts of the population. Using scientific evidence, they make recommendations for preventive care on important health issues such as prostate tests and breast cancer.

Similarly, LeFevre serves as a member of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, which updates recommendations for treating high blood pressure.

With the pressures of high-visibility responsibilities, LeFevre maintains a can-do attitude about his workload and the realization that IOM membership means more service.

Visit Mizzou Wire to read the complete story by Nancy Moen