Surgeon L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, was elected recently to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), becoming the first faculty member from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) to receive this distinction – considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Britt, the Edward J. Brickhouse Chair in Surgery, the Henry Ford Professor of Surgery and Professor and Chair of Surgery, also was the only physician from Virginia elected to NAM this year. His election places him in select company among the nation’s top medical and healthcare professionals. Within NAM’s 2,000 members elected over more than four decades, Dr. Britt is the first acute-care-specialty surgeon.
“Dr. Britt is the consummate surgeon, leader, scientist and academician who has advanced the field of surgery and medicine at EVMS, the nation, and beyond,” says Richard Homan, MD, President and Provost of EVMS and Dean of the School of Medicine. “As a past President of American College of Surgeons, he represented and led all surgical colleagues in the United States and to improve educational and delivery models of surgical care. He is beloved as a medical educator and role model and has served as a mentor for hundreds of medical students, residents and faculty at EVMS and countless other academic health centers. We are so proud and fortunate that he started his academic career at EVMS and continues to serve as our Chair of Surgery at EVMS. Through his work, he has indeed changed the world. I can think of no one more deserving than he to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine.” Dr. Britt is one of 70 new members elected to the NAM this year. Of the more than 850,000 practicing physicians in the United States, fewer than 1 percent are elected to the NAM.