NEWS | December 29, 2011

UC Davis physician named a master by the American College of Physicians


Nancy E. Lane, endowed professor of medicine and rheumatology at UC Davis and an internationally known expert on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, has been elected to Mastership by the American College of Physicians (ACP). She joins a select group of physicians who have received the national organization's prestigious honor for extraordinary career accomplishments and notable contributions to medicine. 

"This honor is given only to remarkable individuals who have devoted their careers to excellence," said Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences at UC Davis and dean of the School of Medicine. "Dr. Lane truly exemplifies a 'master' physician and she is an outstanding role model for those committed to creating a healthier world."

Dr. Nancy Lane © UC Regents
Nancy Lane

Lane is a recognized leader in the science and care of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, paying particular attention to their causes and effects in older women. She leads the UC Davis Musculoskeletal Diseases of Aging Research Group and is co-principal investigator for a new translational research center that is exploring new tools for predicting and preventing osteoarthritis in young people, and improving care and outcomes for adults suffering from the disease.

In addition to her clinical work, Lane is a prolific researcher and has published approximately 200 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals. She serves on national advisory panels and multiple NIH-funded research projects, and holds leadership positions in distinguished specialty medical organizations such as the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

The ACP awards committee selected Lane in a rigorously competitive process. To become a master, candidates are considered on the strength of character, integrity, perseverance, compassion and steadiness, as well as clinical competence. The organization evaluates each candidate's mentor service, as well as his or her advocacy for quality in medicine, commitment to social justice and the creation of communities of medicine.

Lane is well known for being consistently available to help residents, fellows, graduate students and junior faculty in their pursuit of new knowledge. As co-director of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health program, Lane works closely with young scientists and clinicians to help guide them at early stages in their careers. She leads clinical research methods workshops and journal clubs, and conducts rounds on the hospital's wards, where she teaches consultative clinical rheumatology to new physicians.

Lane is the recipient of a number of national awards for her research into osteoporosis, including the Oscar Gluck Achievement Award from American College of Rheumatology, and the Rib Award from the International Bone and Mineral Society. She earned a Dean's Mentoring Award at UC Davis in 2008 and recently was named to the Best Doctors in America list for 2011-2012.

Lane graduated from UC Davis and received her medical degree from UC San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed fellowships in rheumatology at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital and at Stanford University.

The ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists and medical students, residents and fellows. The organization will present Lane with her Mastership honor during ACP's annual meeting next April in New Orleans.

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