James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship
The overall purpose of the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship at the NAM is to enable talented, early-career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. In considering qualifications for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship, preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health quality and health services and have an M.D., Ph.D., or D.O. Supported through an endowment from the American Board of Family Medicine, the program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.
The 2021-23 Call for Nominations (CFN) is now closed. The next CFN will be available in March 2023.
Lars Peterson, MD, PhD
2019-2021 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Dr. Lars Peterson is a family physician and health services researcher and current Vice President of Research of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He received his medical and graduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include investigating associations between area level measures of health care and socioeconomics with both health and access to health care, rural health, primary care, and comprehensiveness of primary care. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and made over 100 conference presentations. He is leading team research efforts at the ABFM to understand what family physicians do in practice and how the quality of care they provide can be improved. In particular, elucidating the ways in which Continuing Certification activities may be associated with quality of care.
Rita Hamad, MD, PhD
2020-2022 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Dr. Rita Hamad is a social epidemiologist and family physician in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF. As the director of the Social Policies for Health Equity Research Program, her research focuses on the pathways linking poverty and education with health disparities across the life course. In particular, she studies the health effects of social and economic policies using interdisciplinary quasi-experimental methods. She also investigates the mechanisms through which adverse socioeconomic conditions get “under the skin” to cause disease.
Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP
2018-2020 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Tammy Chang, MD, MPH
2017-2019 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Sean Lucan, MD, MPH, MS
2016-2018 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Gerado Moreno, MD, MSHS
2015-2017 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Kendall Campbell, MD, FAAFP
2014-2016 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS
2013-2015 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Jennifer DeVoe, MD, MPhil, MCR, DPhil, FAAFP
2012-2014 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
Sean David, MD, SM, DPhil
2011-2013 Puffer/ABFM Fellow
The Puffer/ABFM 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 for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the 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 potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.
This experience will introduce the Puffer/ABFM 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 an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.
Each Puffer/ABFM Fellow will be asked to designate a tax exempt institution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which shall receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000, with an expressed preference that the grant be used to advance the fellow’s professional and academic career in so far as it is practical to do. However, this grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow. The grant will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution.
Nominees for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship must meet the following requirements:
- Nomination by a member of the NAM or governing body of the ABFM
- Active in the field of family medicine and may include a Ph.D., M.D. or D.O.
- Received a Ph.D. within the past one-to-ten years, or one-to-ten years out from completion of residency training with an M.D. or D.O.
- Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
- Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination
Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:
- Professional accomplishments including research and publications
- Potential for leadership in health policy or health services
- Quality of letters of recommendation
- Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM
Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health care quality and health services.
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 or governing body of the ABFM
- 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
- 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
Inquiries about the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship should be directed to:
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506