The National Academy of Medicine has selected five outstanding health professionals for the class of 2021 NAM Fellowships. The fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications and accomplishments, reputations as scholars, and the relevance of their current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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 2021 NAM Fellows is:

American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) Fellow
Tracy Madsen, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAHA, associate professor, departments of emergency medicine and epidemiology; co-director, Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Miriam Hospital Stroke Center; and associate director, division of sex and gender, Alpert Medical School of Brown University/ Brown University School of Public Health/ Rhode Island Hospital, Providence

Gilbert S. Omenn Fellow
Andrew A. Gonzalez, MD, JD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine; and associate director for data science in health services research, Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis

Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics
Kavita Shah Arora, MD, MBE, MS, associate professor, division director for general obstetrics and gynecology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow
Steven Lin, MD, clinical associate professor, division of primary care and population health; vice chief, technology innovation; and executive director, Stanford Healthcare AI Applied Research Team (HEA3RT), Stanford University School of Medicine

Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Fellow
Alexander Melamed, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; and gynecologic oncologist, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York City

“I am pleased to welcome these exceptional health science scholars into the NAM Fellowship program,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “Through this hands-on experience, not only will NAM fellows get to contribute to our process of providing health advice to the nation on complex challenges across a range of disciplines, but they will also have the opportunity to build a network of mentors whom they can call upon throughout their careers.”

Fellows will continue in their primary academic posts while engaging part time over a two-year period in the National Academies’ health and science policy work. They will also work with an expert study committee or roundtable related to their professional interests, including contributing to reports or other products. A flexible research grant 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 NAM and the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.

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