The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected five outstanding health professionals for the class of 2019 NAM Fellowships. The fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies). The fellows will collaborate with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country during their two-year fellowship. They will help facilitate initiatives convened by the National Academies to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based guidance to national, state, and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators, and the public.
The class of 2019 NAM Fellows is:
Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA, MHS, associate professor and chief, Section of Administration, department of emergency medicine, and scientist, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
Anaeze Offodile II, MD, MPH, assistant professor and executive director, clinical transformation, department of plastic and reconstructive surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Rachel Fabi, PhD, assistant professor, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
Lars Peterson, MD, PhD, vice president of research, American Board of Family Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky
Saul D. Rivas, MD, MSPH, assistant professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Edinburg, Texas
“Through this program, NAM fellows will study health care challenges across a range of disciplines and viewpoints to develop sound health care strategies and policies, participating hands-on in our process of providing health advice to the nation,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “This experience will also give fellows the opportunity to build a network of mentors whom they can call upon throughout their careers. I am delighted to welcome these exceptional health science scholars into the NAM Fellowship program.”
Each fellow will continue in his or her primary academic post while engaging part time over a two-year period in the National Academies’ health and science policy work. Each fellow will also work with an expert study committee or roundtable related to his or her professional interests, including contributing to its reports or other products. A flexible research stipend will be awarded to every fellow.
The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship program is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in the work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.
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.