Issue 3 • 2022
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Professor Fary Khan AM elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Professor Fary Khan AM has been elected a member of the United States’ prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Working with organisations worldwide, NAM aims to address critical issues in health, science, medicine and related policy, and inspire positive action by providing expert advice.
Professor Khan is one of only 10 international members elected, alongside 90 domestic members. She was elected for her work organising grassroots-level responses in under-resourced countries and assisting people with disabilities who are inequitably affected by climate change-related disasters. Each of the new members was elected by current NAM members in recognition of significant contributions to medical sciences, healthcare and public health.
Professor Khan was awarded Member for the Order of Australia in 2022 for outstanding contribution to Rehabilitation Medicine and Research. She is the Inaugural Academic Fellow for the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the RACP, and an elected Executive Board Member of the Rehabilitation Society of Australia and New Zealand. She is the current Vice-President of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Professor Khan is a lead Rehabilitation Physician at Peter Mac Cancer Centre and the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She has over 20 years’ experience in cancer, neurological and trauma rehabilitation, and also has an interest in refugee health and disability. She has published over 450 scientific papers on Rehabilitation Medicine.
Speaking on the newly elected members, the National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau said: “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, combating social inequities, and achieving innovative discoveries”. “Their expertise will be vital to informing the future of health and medicine for the benefit of us all. I am truly honoured to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”
Peter Mac Chief Medical Officer Dr David Speakman extended his congratulations, “this is an impressive achievement for Professor Khan, whose work truly has an international reach. It is fitting that she should be acknowledged by her colleagues with this appointment”.
The RACP congratulates Professor Khan on this outstanding achievement.
Originally published by The Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, October 19, 2022.