The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the 2020 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. These individuals are early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, from emergency medicine and health economics to biomedical engineering and research and public health policy. 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 2020 Scholars class will engage in a variety of activities throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) over a three-year term, beginning on July 1, 2020.  Activities include biannual 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.

“As the world faces the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the importance of involving emerging leaders, who are poised to shape the future of health and medicine, in cross-disciplinary activities to tackle pressing challenges such as these,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau.  “I am delighted to welcome these extraordinary individuals who represent the next generation of leading scientists, health care providers, public health professionals, and policymakers into the National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine program.”


The 2020 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars are:

Ami S. Bhatt, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and genetics and director of global oncology, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University

Christopher R. Cogle, M.D., professor of hematology and oncology, University of Florida

Carrie H. Colla, Ph.D., associate professor, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Kelli Stidham Hall, Ph.D., M.S., associate professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; and associate professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Ronald L. Hickman Jr., Ph.D., R.N., ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, Ruth M. Anderson Endowed Chair and associate dean for research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University

Ehsan Hoque, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science and affiliate faculty, Goergen Institute for Data Science, University of Rochester

Caprice Knapp, Ph.D., Medicaid director, State of North Dakota

Miguel Marino, Ph.D., associate professor of biostatistics, Oregon Health and Science University

Ziad Obermeyer, M.D., acting associate professor of health policy and management, University of California, Berkeley

Keegan Warren-Clem, J.D., L.L.M., director and managing attorney, medical-legal partnerships, Texas Legal Services Center; and adjunct professor, School of Law and McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin


The Emerging Leaders program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation among the participants, NAM members, and experts across sectors.  The emerging leaders will attend the NAM Emerging Leaders Forum, to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16-17, 2020. The forum will provide an opportunity for invited participants to share their activities and insights on cutting-edge developments in a wide range of fields through collaborative work and interdisciplinary discussions among the nation’s evolving leadership 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.

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