National Academy of Medicine

Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics

The 2019 call for nominations is open until June 3 at 3:00pm ET. A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically at For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or refer to the Guide to Nominations.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) bring together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public. The National Academies are uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early-career health science scholars and future leaders in medicine and public health. Through an endowment from the Greenwall Foundation, the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics was established under the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Fellowship program in 2015.


The overall purpose of the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is to provide talented, early-career bioethics scholars with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies and policy-making process that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics enables young investigators to participate actively in the work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.


Neal Dickert, Jr., MD, PhD
2017-2019 Greenwall Fellow


Dr. Neal Dickert is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is a core faculty member in the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute, holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, and is a senior faculty fellow at the Emory Center for Ethics. He is a board-certified cardiologist whose clinical work is in the Cardiac Care Unit and echocardiography lab at Emory University Hospital. At Emory, Dr. Dickert also serves as Associate Program Director for the Academic Clinical Investigator track of the Cardiology fellowship training program, has a leadership role within the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance, and serves on multiple institutional committees. Dr. Dickert’s research is focused on ethical issues relevant to cardiology practice and clinical research. He is an alumnus of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars in Bioethics Program, is a past recipient of the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research Pillars of PRIM&R award, and has received research funding from multiple NIH institutes, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Greenwall Foundation.

  • Program Description

    The Greenwall 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
    • Population Health and Public Health Practice

    The fellowship requires a 10 to 20 percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy in October, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. 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 potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.

    This experience will introduce the Greenwall 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 to a NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

    A flexible research stipend of $25,000 is awarded to each Greenwall Fellow. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Nominees for the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics must meet the following requirements:

    • Nomination by a member of the NAM
    • An M.D., D.O., J.D., Ph.D., or holder of an equivalent degree, with completion of post-graduate work two to ten years prior to the award
    • Demonstrated interest in, focus on, and scholarship on addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, public health, or public policy
    • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
    • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • Selection Criteria

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

    • Professional accomplishments including bioethics research and publications
    • Potential for leadership in bridging bioethics, 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
  • Timeline

    Fellowships will be awarded in odd years.

    • March 1, 2019 | Call for nominations
    • June 3, 2019 | Nomination packets due at 3:00pm ET
    • July 15, 2019 | Awardee notified
    • October 21, 2019 | Awardee introduced to the NAM membership at the NAM Annual Meeting
    • October 28-30, 2019 | Fellow Orientation Week at the NAM
  • Program Administration

    Inquiries about the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics should be directed to:

    Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
    Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
    National Academy of Medicine
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone: (202) 334-1506
  • Previous Fellows

    Brendan Saloner, PhD
    2015-2017 Greenwall Fellow