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Oct 2023 08
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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.

In order to view the Interest Group sessions, please select one of the registration options that includes “Virtual Access Sunday.” The sessions will be streamed on a multiplayer, so you will be able to select the session you would like to attend.

The Interest Group titles and topics for 2023 are listed below.

Morning Session | 9:00 am – 10:30 am


IG01: Health Policy and Health Care Systems
Topic: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion after Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina
Yvette Calderon, MD, Dean and Vice President for Equity in Clinical Care, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Health System
Laura Castillo-Page, PhD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion; Director, MEDPATH Premedical Postbaccalaureate Program; Professor of Family Medicine
Frank R. Trinity, JD, Chief Legal Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges


IG02: Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology
Topic: Women’s Health and Infectious Diseases
Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, Associate Scientific Director, CAPRISA
Roopa Dhatt, MD, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women In Global Health
Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD, Vice President, National Academy of Sciences; University Distinguished Service Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


IG03: Neuroscience, Behavior, Brain Function & Disorders
Topic: Reproductive Care and Pregnancy Health:  Impacts on Maternal and Offspring Mental Health
Jay Gingrich, MD, PhD, Sackler Institute Professor of Developmental Psychology (in Psychiatry), Columbia University Medical Center
Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and  Director of the Addiction Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Joan Luby, MD, Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Child Psychiatry, Washington University
Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco


IG10: Biology of Aging/Geriatrics
Topic: Tackling Ovarian Aging to Preserve Women’s Health
  Jennifer Garrison, PhD, Assistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging; and Co-Founder and Director, Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality; Claire Gill, Founder and CEO, National Menopause Foundation
Claire Gill, Founder and CEO, National Menopause Foundation

Jennifer Garrison, PhD, Assistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging; and Co-Founder and Director, Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality
Kara N. Goldman, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endo and Infertility), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Yousin Suh, PhD, Professor of Reproductive Sciences (in Obstetrics and Gynecology), Professor of Genetics & Development, Columbia University Medical Center


IG12: Nutrition, Diabetes, and Obesity
Topic: Microbial Communities Bridging Maternal and Child Health
Martin J. Blaser, MD, Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers University
Michelle (Shelley) McGuire, PhD, Director and Professor, Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho


IG13: Cancer, Stem Cell Biology & Transplantation
Topic: Next Generation Cancer Immunotherapy
Stephanie L. Goff, MD, FACS, Head, Clinical Operations for Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute
Jennifer Wargo, MD, MMSc, R. Lee Clark Endowed Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, Perlmutter Cancer Center; and Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine


IG15: Human Rights, Professional Ethics and the Values of Medicine

Topic: Caring for Pregnant Patients in the Face of Legal Uncertainty and Risk
Michele Goodwin, JD, SJD, Linda D. & Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Constitutional Law and Global Health Policy, Georgetown Law
Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, Lawrence W. Davis Professor; Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University
Alan Tita, MD, Mary Heersink Endowed Chair of Global Health; Director, Mary Heersink Institute of Global Health, Heersink School of Medicine; and Associate Dean for Global Health and Women’s Health, University of Alabama, Birmingham


Afternoon Session | 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

IG07: Maternal & Child Health and Human Development
Topic: Genetics/AI/Big Data: Impact on Maternal and Child Health
Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, Mary Ellen Avery Professor, Harvard Medical School; and Chair of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital
Vardit Ravitsky, PhD, President, Hastings Center
Ron Wapner, MD, Director of Reproductive Genetics and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Melissa Wong, MD, MHDS, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


IG08: Health of Populations/Health Disparities
Topic: Reproductive Health Justice on the Tightrope
Moderator: Paula Johnson, MD, MPH, Wellesley College
Joia Crear-Perry, MD, Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative
Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University
Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology; and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine


IG09: Education of the Health Care & Science Workforce
Topic: Educating Our Communities about LGBTQ+/Transgender Health Care
Kellan Baker, PhD, MPH, MA, Executive Director, Whitman-Walker
John A. Davis, PhD, MD, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases; and Associate Dean for Curriculum, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Frances Grimstad, MD, MS, Attending, Division of Gynecology, Boston Children’s Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School


IG16: Rehabilitation and Human Function
Topic: Addressing Gender Differences in Traumatic Brain Injury: From Molecules to Society
Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT Reg.(Ont.), FCAHS, FACRM, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) on Traumatic Brain Injury in Underserved Populations; Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-KITE, UHN
John Wu, PhD, Professor, Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics, School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


IG17: Primary Care
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the NASEM “Implementing High Quality Primary Care” Report
Liz Fowler, PhD, JD, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Lauren S. Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc, MHCDS, FAAFP, State Policy Director, Farley Health Policy Center; Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado
Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, Dean, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Ellen H. Block Professor for Health Justice of Medicine; Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translational Research, The University of Chicago Medical Center
Robert L. Phillips, MD, MSPH, Founding Executive Director, Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care, American Board of Family Medicine
Matthew Press, MD, MSc, Physician Executive, Penn Primary Care; Medical Director, Primary Care Service Line, Penn Medicine
Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Health Care, Georgetown University


IG18: Health Technology
Topic: Translational AI
Moderator: Rainu Kaushal, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College
Suresh Balu, MS, MBA, Program Director, Duke Institute for Health Innovation
Lauren Cheung, MD, MBA, Senior Manager, Clinical Team, Health at Apple
Mark Sendak, MD, MPP, Population Health & Data Science Lead, Duke Institute for Health Innovation
Fei Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medicine


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