The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced today the election of Deborah W. Bruner, RN, PhD, associate director of mentorship, education, and training at Winship Cancer Institute, to its 2016 class of members. 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.
Bruner is an internationally renowned cancer researcher, scholar, and mentor. She has worked for over two decades with the National Cancer Clinical Trials Network and, as a principal investigator of NRG Oncology, Bruner is the first and only nurse to lead a National Cancer Institute sponsored clinical trials cooperative group.
"Dr. Bruner's leadership contributions to Winship and to NRG Oncology have been extraordinary. NAM is recognizing her ability to improve our cancer clinical trials program through integrating patient-reported outcomes into this research," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship and group chairman of NRG Oncology.
Bruner has been continuously funded in leading multi-disciplinary teams in patient-reported outcomes (PROs), sexual health, large national clinical trials focused on understanding and improving symptoms, as well as studies seeking to improve minority accrual to clinical trials. Her work has led to numerous honors and awards. She is also the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Nursing at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory School of Medicine.
Only one other Emory faculty member was elected to the NAM this year: K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc., professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health and director of the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health.