Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship

The overall purpose of the Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship is to enable talented, early-career scholars combining biomedical science and population health to participate actively in health- and medicine-related study process of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies), promoting the integration of public health and medicine — both scientifically and through practice and policy. The Omenn Fellowship aims to foster a cadre of physician-scientists who will integrate biomedical research, population health, and health policy and will expand the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy development that advances health. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

The award is named for Dr. Gilbert S. Omenn, a professor of medicine, genetics, and public health and founder of the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a physician-scientist whose career bridges biomedical research, public health and public policy, and this fellowship reflects the integrative role that is emblematic of his professional achievements. 

The Omenn Fellowship is part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program. See all opportunities >>

The 2021-23 Call for Nominations (CFN) is now closed. The next CFN will be available in March 2023.

Current Fellow

Anaeze Offodile II, MD, MPH

Anaeze Offodile II, MD, MPH

2019-2021 Omenn Fellow

Dr. Anaeze Offodile is an assistant professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery and Executive Director of Clinical Transformation in the Office of the Chief Medical Executive, MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to providing excellent clinical care to patients, he is also passionate about health care delivery reform and policy-relevant research. Broadly speaking, his scholarship is focused on examining the macro-environment of surgical care, this includes elements such as provider incentives, quality reporting, organizational structure and regional market competition. To what extent do they shape the accessibility, quality and costs of surgical treatments for cancer. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Services Research at MD Anderson and a non-residential scholar in the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute, a non-partisan think tank on the campus of Rice University. He has received several national awards for his research work as well competitive funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Affordability Cures Consortium.

A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed surgical training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (General Surgery) & Lahey Clinic (Plastic Surgery). Dr. Offodile also received an MPH in health policy from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Past Fellows

Ellen Eaton, MD, MSPH

Ellen Eaton, MD, MSPH

2017-2019 Omenn Fellow

James Burke, MD, MS

James Burke, MD, MS

2015-2017 Omenn Fellow

Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, FASN

Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, FASN

2013-2015 Omenn Fellow

Fellowship Description

The Omenn Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a health- and medicine-related board of the National Academies. The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families,
  • Food and Nutrition,
  • Global Health,
  • Health Care Services,
  • Health Sciences Policy, and
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice.

The fellowship requires a 10- to 20-percent commitment of time over two years and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting, and meetings of an assigned board. Domestic travel expenses are covered for participation in approved fellowship activities. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies will be identified that would enable the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.

This experience will introduce the Omenn Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research grant of $25,000 is awarded to each Omenn Fellow, which will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. This grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow.


Nominees for the Omenn Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the NAM
  • An M.D. or D.O. with additional study in the medical sciences, public health, and/or public policy
  • One-to-five years out from completion of residency and fellowship training or receiving the terminal doctoral degree, in an appropriate faculty position or its equivalent
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years, including all the specified experiences
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination
Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in bridging biomedical research, population health, and health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM
Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


Fellowships will be awarded in odd years.

  • March 2021 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 2021 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 2021 | Awardee is notified
  • September 2021 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 2021 | Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Omenn Fellowship should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506

The Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship was established in 2012 through an endowment from Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, PhD, and Martha Darling. 

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