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Full Video Playlist

Annual President’s Address by Victor Dzau

Anthony Fauci Keynote Slides
Susan Weiss Slides
Chikwe Ihekweazu Slides
Nicole Lurie Slides

Sir Andrew Haines Slides
Jane Lubchenco Slides
Georges Benjamin Slides


Compilations of publications, events, and collections from around the National Academies on subjects related to this meeting:

COVID-19 Resource Collection

Racism Resource Collection




**The recordings of the entire 2020 NAM Annual Meeting are available above. Click the “Playlist” button in the top right corner to select a video.**


Program Features:

Keynote Address: Crises, Fast & Slow

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grantmaking strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.


The state of the COVID-19 pandemic: Virus emergence, the impact of the pandemic, & US and global preparedness and response

Session keynote: Anthony S. Fauci, MD

Dr. Fauci was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984, and oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika.

ModeratorSanjay Gupta, MD, FACS

Dr. Gupta is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. In his role at CNN — where he has won multiple Emmy Awards as chief medical correspondent — Dr. Gupta covers important health stories in the United States and around the world.


Chikwe Ihekweazu, FFPH

Dr. Ihekweazu, now Director General at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has over 20 years’ experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several national public health institutes.

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH

Dr. Lurie, now Strategic Advisor to the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, is a physician, professor of medicine, and public health official. During the administration of President Barack Obama, she was Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Susan R. Weiss, PhD

Dr. Weiss is a microbiologist and a Professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research considers the biology of coronaviruses, including SARS, MERS and SARS-CoV-2.


Climate change and human health: Navigating environmental, societal, and individual impacts

Session keynoteSir Andrew Haines, MBBS, MD, FRCGP, FFPHM, FRCP, FMedSci

Sir Andrew Haines is a Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Department of Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH

Dr. Jackson is Professor emeritus at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.


Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Dr. Benjamin is a public health official who has served as Executive Director of the American Public Health Association since 2002, and previously as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Jane Lubchenco, PhD

The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco is a Distinguished University Professor and Marine Studies Advisor to the President at Oregon State University. She is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being.

Jacqueline Patterson, MSW, MPH

Jacqueline Patterson, now Senior Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP, has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice.


President’s Forum:
Responding to global crises: Future directions in science and policymaking to address complex threats to society

Welcoming Remarks: Victor Dzau, MD

Session keynote:
 Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen is the President of the European Commission, where she has led the way in introducing a European Green Deal and led efforts to fight the COVID-19 crisis, launching Europe’s recovery and shaping the global response to the pandemic.


Judith Rodin, PhD

Dr. Rodin was the first female leader of an Ivy League Institution. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements.


Sir Jeremy J. Farrar, MBBS, DPhil

Jeremy Farrar is Director of the Wellcome Trust – a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation that exists to improve health by helping big ideas to thrive.

Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil

Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.

Adrienne L. Hollis, PhD,

Adrienne Hollis is the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists. In that role, she leads the development, design, and implementation of methods for accessing and documenting the health impacts of climate change on communities of color and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.

Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD

Jim Yong Kim is Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners, a fund that invests in infrastructure projects across several sectors around the world. From July 2012 to February 2019, Kim served as the 12th President of the World Bank Group.

Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala, PhD

Congresswoman Shalala is the longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. history, and now serves Florida’s 27th District as an advocate for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to healthcare, better education and public schools, and a clean and sustainable environment.


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Planning Committee

Jeffrey R. Balser, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Chair)
John M. Balbus, MD, MPH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Carlos del Rio, MD, Emory University School of Medicine and the National Academy of Medicine
Lynn Goldman, MD, MS, MPH, George Washington University
Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, University of California, Los Angeles
Margaret Hamburg, MD, former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dan Hanfling, MD, In-Q-Tel
Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, Brown University School of Public Health
Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN, Yale School of Nursing
Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Philip A. Pizzo, MD, Stanford University
David A. Relman, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine and VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Judith Rodin, PhD, formerly The University of Pennsylvania and The Rockefeller Foundation
Susan R. Weiss, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Interest Group Meetings

Interest Groups allow NAM members from different disciplines to convene on pertinent and interdisciplinary subjects. During the NAM Annual Meeting, each Interest Group organizes and leads a panel of scholars to discuss current and global challenges affecting science, medicine, technology, and health. Read more about the Interest Group topics for 2020. 

This year, for the first time, we are pleased to present the NAM Interest Group programs to the public and welcome anyone with an interest at the intersection of human health and public policy to attend. The Interest Groups will convene on Sunday, October 18.  You can register to attend the Interest Groups at the same link to register to attend the scientific program on October 19.

Please note that registration for the Interest Group programs that begin at 12:30pm ET on Sunday, October 18 will close at 12:00pm ET. Registration for the Interest Group programs that begin at 3:00pm ET on Sunday, October 18 will close at 2:30pm ET.

Introductions and Awards

In addition to the scientific program, the 2020 NAM Annual Meeting will welcome the 2019 class of NAM members, the 2020 class of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows, the 2020 class of NAM Fellows, and the 2020 class of NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. The 2020 NAM Annual Meeting will also feature the presentation of the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care, the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, and the NAM Member Awards.

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For questions about the 2020 NAM Annual Meeting, contact NAMedicine@nas.edu

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