The Association of American Physicians (AAP), a nonprofit professional organization founded in 1885, has announced that Richard Bucala, M.D., Ph.D., Lloyd G. Cantley, M.D., Erol Fikrig, M.D., David M. Rothstein, M.D., and Lawrence H. Young, M.D., have been elected as AAP members.

With about 1,000 active members and approximately 550 emeritus and honorary members from the United States, Canada, and other countries, the AAP supports the pursuit of medical knowledge and the application of basic and clinical science to clinical medicine. Each year, 60 exceptional individuals are nominated for membership by the AAP’s council. Members have included Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Science and Institute of Medicine.

Bucala, professor of medicine, pathology, and epidemiology, is an expert on the role of the cytokine MIF in inflammatory and infectious diseases. Cantley, professor of medicine and of cellular and molecular physiology, studies the development and repair of tubules in the kidney (see related story). Fikrig, who is Waldemar von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine as well as professor of microbial pathogenesis and epidemiology, is a leading researcher on Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Rothstein, associate professor of medicine, studies immunosuppression and the induction of tolerance in the immune system. Young, professor of medicine and of cellular and molecular physiology, studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms of adaptation to myocardial ischemia.