and a stint in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Minnesota, where he completed a residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Immunology and Nephrology and also served on the faculty. He served as professor of Pediatrics at Albany Medical College until 1979. In 1969, Dr. Herdman was appointed director of the New York State Kidney Disease Institute in Albany, NY, and shortly thereafter was appointed deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Health (1969–1977). In 1977 he was named New York State’s director of public health. From 1979 until joining the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), he served as a vice president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In 1983, Dr. Herdman was named assistant director of OTA, where he subsequently served as director from 1993 to 1996. He later joined the IOM as a senior scholar and directed studies on graduate medical education, organ transplantation, silicone breast implants, and the Veterans Administration national formulary. Dr. Herdman was appointed director of the IOM/National Research Council National Cancer Policy Board from 2000 through 2005. From 2005 until 2009, Dr. Herdman directed the IOM National Cancer Policy Forum. In 2007, he was also appointed director of the IOM Board on Health Care Services. During his work at the IOM, Dr. Herdman has worked closely with the U.S. Congress on a wide variety of healthcare policy issues.


Linda D. Meyers, Ph.D., is director of the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the IOM. She is responsible for a portfolio that includes nutrient requirements (Dietary Reference Intakes), obesity prevention, food safety, and international, military, and specific population nutrition. She also directed the FNB’s international nutrition program from 1982 to 1986. From 1986 to 2001, she served in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was a senior nutrition advisor, deputy director, and acting director. While there, she oversaw preparation of a number of technical and policy reports, including the 1990, 1995, and 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Action Plan on Food Security, and the national health objectives for 2010. Dr. Meyers has a B.A. in Health and Physical Education from Goshen College in Indiana, an M.S. in Food and Nutrition from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Her research has focused on population indicators of nutritional status. She has also worked in Botswana, Kenya, and Vietnam. Dr. Meyers has received a number of awards for her contributions to public health, including the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for Healthy People 2010 and the Surgeon General’s Medallion.



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