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 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 Puffer/ABFM Fellowship is part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program. See all opportunities >>

The call for nominations is currently closed. The next call for applications will open in March 2021. 

Click here to review the guide to nominations. 

Current Fellows

Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

2018-2020 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Dr. Kameron Matthews currently serves as Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC. As a board-certified family physician, Dr. Matthews has focused her career on underserved patient populations, having worked as a staff physician at Cook County Jail and with Erie Family Health Center, a large community health center also in Chicago. She most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of Mile Square Health Center within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Her career interests focus on access to care, pipeline workforce development, and healthcare disparities. As a passion outside of work, she co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D), an initiative seeking to bring premedical enrichment activities to minority high school and undergraduate students across the country.

Lars Peterson, MD, PhD

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. 

Past Fellows

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH

2017-2019 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Sean Lucan, MD, MPH, MS

Sean Lucan, MD, MPH, MS

2016-2018 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Gerado Moreno, MD, MSHS

Gerado Moreno, MD, MSHS

2015-2017 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Kendall Campbell, MD, FAAFP

Kendall Campbell, MD, FAAFP

2014-2016 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS

Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS

2013-2015 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, MPhil, MCR, DPhil, FAAFP

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, MPhil, MCR, DPhil, FAAFP

2012-2014 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Sean David, MD, SM, DPhil

Sean David, MD, SM, DPhil

2011-2013 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Program Description

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
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice

The fellowship requires a ten-to-twenty 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 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 award of $25,000, with an expressed preference that the award be used to advance the fellow’s professional and academic career in so far as it is practical to do. However, stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution.

Eligibility Criteria

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
  • Endorsed by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident 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 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.

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 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 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 Puffer/ABFM Fellowship should be directed to:

Gregg Margolis, PhD
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

The James C. Puffer/ABFM Fellowship was established in 2011 through an endowment from the American Board of Family Medicine.

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