WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the 2022 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. These individuals are early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, from epidemiology and psychiatry to medical ethics and mechanical engineering. The scholars are an essential part of a major NAM initiative, the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program, which provides a platform for a new generation of leaders to collaborate with the NAM and its members across fields of expertise to advance science, combat persistent challenges in health and medicine, and spark transformative change to improve health for all.

Individuals selected by NAM leadership for the 2022 class will engage in a variety of activities throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine over a three-year term.  Activities include meetings in Washington, D.C., with NAM leadership and members; planning an annual Emerging Leaders Forum; participating in National Academies convening activities; publishing NAM Perspectives; and attending the NAM’s annual meeting each October.

“These professionals possess outstanding leadership qualities and are poised to shape the future of science, medicine, and health equity,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau.  “I am delighted to welcome 10 extraordinary scholars into the National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine program, and I look forward to their contributions to accelerate innovative and cross-disciplinary activities to address pressing health and medicine challenges we face as a nation.”

The 2022 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars are:

  • Rima A. Arnaout, M.D., associate professor in residence, University of California, San Francisco
  • Swathi Arur, Ph.D., associate professor and deputy chair, department of genetics, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dustin T. Duncan, Sc.D., associate professor of epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Ellen F. Eaton, M.D., MSPH, associate professor, department of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Gunisha Kaur, M.D., M.A., assistant professor of anesthesiology and director, Human Rights Impact Lab, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Holly Fernandez Lynch, J.D., MBe, assistant professor of medical ethics and law, department of medical ethics and health policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Meredith T. Niles, Ph.D., associate professor of food systems and policy, department of nutrition and food sciences, University of Vermont
  • Cynthia E. Rogers, M.D., professor of psychiatry, Washington University
  • Benjamin N. Rome, M.D., MPH, instructor in medicine, department of medicine, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Carlo Giovanni Traverso, M.B., BChir, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School


The Emerging Leaders program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation among the participants, NAM members, and experts across sectors.  The NAM Emerging Leaders Forum, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 18-19, 2023, will provide an opportunity for the new group of scholars and invited participants to share their activities and insights on cutting-edge developments through collaborative work and interdisciplinary discussions among the nation’s rising leaders in health and medicine.

The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond.  It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community.  Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors.  The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


Dana Korsen, Director of Media Relations
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202-334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu


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