Mettler Named to the Russian Academy of Medicine

Fred Mettler, MD, MPH, professor emeritus of radiology at UNM, has been named to the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS) as a foreign member. Personnel of the institute greatly contribute to the study of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident and initiating of international programs on the matter including the WHO International Program on Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident.

In addition to serving as a member of RAMS, Mettler is currently the United States Representative to the United Nations for Radiation Effects and is one of the 13 members of the International Commission on Radiation Protection.

He was the Health Effects Team Leader of the International Chernobyl Project and also has served as an expert on radiation effects and accidents for the Peace Corps World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Agency on Research on Cancer and the Japanese, Costa Rican, Peruvian, Panamanian and Polish Governments. He was an author of the recent NCRP Report on Radiation Protection during Terrorism involving Radioactive Substances and is a member of several subgroups on radiological terrorism and weapons of mass destruction for the Department of Homeland Security. He has been listed among the Best Doctors in America from 1994-2004 in 2 categories (nuclear medicine and radiation injury).

Mettler graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Columbia. He received a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 1970 and completed a radiology and nuclear medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a master's degree in public health from Harvard in 1975.

The Russian Academy of Medicine's Radiological Research Center is the leading institution in Russia for medical radiology and radiation medicine. It comprises of hundreds of scientists from different areas of clinical medicine and limits the number of foreign academicians to 70.

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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