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. 

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

Current Fellow

Andrew A. Gonzalez, MD, JD, MPH

Andrew A. Gonzalez, MD, JD, MPH

2021-2023 Omenn Fellow

Dr. Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also an Associate Director for Data Science and Research Scientist at the Center for Health Services Research of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. He is interested in novel uses of technology to improve patient outcomes. His current early career development project seeks to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning toward optimizing outcomes and value in peripheral arterial disease. Specifically, he is exploring three specific lines of research: 1) creation of a cloud-based platform to organize and analyze structured and unstructured data from the EHR, imaging systems, and wearables for clinical implementation and research data curation; 2) development of “doctor in the middle” paradigms for healthcare AI implementation, and 3) development of best practices for identifying and addressing bias in healthcare AI algorithms. His clinical interests are limb optimization in the setting of chronic limb-threatening ischemia, advanced aortic interventions, and vascular trauma.

Dr. Gonzalez earned his MD, MPH, and BS from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his JD from the John Marshall Law School. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois and an NIH-T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.

Past Fellows

Anaeze Offodile II, MD, MPH

Anaeze Offodile II, MD, MPH

2019-2021 Omenn Fellow

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.

Eligibility

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. citizen 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 https://fellowship.nam.edu/ 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

Timeline

Fellowships will be awarded in odd years.

  • March 2023 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 2023 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 2023 | Awardee is notified
  • September 2023 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 2023 | 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
Email: yphillips@nas.edu

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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