DeLancey is an international leader in the study and treatment of pelvic floor disorders; conditions such as incontinence and prolapse that occur as a consequence women giving birth. He co-founded the multidisciplinary Pelvic Floor Research Group at U-M, which strives to find discoveries that can enhance treatment of pelvic floor disorders. Since 1995, members in the group have been funded by the NIH, receiving more than $20 million for research efforts.
DeLancey has been President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and American Urogynecologic Society as well as serving on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Female Pelvic Medicine/Reconstructive Surgery Division.
New members are elected to the IOM by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,732 and the number of foreign associates to 112. With an additional 84 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,928.
"The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of whom has significantly advanced health and medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others. We look forward to drawing on their knowledge and skills to improve health through the work of the IOM."