The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the 2023 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. These individuals are early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, including internal medicine, psychiatry, radiology, biomedical engineering, and journalism. 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 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 2023 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.

“I am thrilled to welcome this next generation of leading health professionals and scientists into the National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine program,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau.  “I look forward to their contributions to our activities to address pressing challenges and help shape the future of science, medicine, and health equity in this nation.”

The 2023 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars are:

  • Adewole S. Adamson, MD, MPP, assistant professor of internal medicine, Division of Dermatology, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin
  • Peter Croughan, MD, addiction medicine physician, Acadiana Area Human Services District; and clinical assistant professor of medicine, Louisiana State University
  • Cesar de la Fuente, PhD, presidential assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth M. Cespedes Feliciano, ScD, ScM, research scientist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research
  • Celine Gounder, MD, senior fellow and editor-at-large for public health, KFF Health News; medical contributor, CBS News; and clinical associate professor of medicine and infectious diseases, NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital
  • Jerreed D. Ivanich, PhD, assistant professor, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Lucinda B. Leung, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
  • Akinyemi Oni-Orisan, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor, University of California, San Francisco
  • Anita Shukla, PhD, associate professor, Brown University School of Engineering
  • Judy Wawira Gichoya, MBChB, MS, assistant professor of radiology, Emory University


The Emerging Leaders program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation among the participants, NAM members, and experts across sectors.  The Emerging Leaders Forum, to be held in Washington, D.C., in April 2024, 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.

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