Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship

The Gant/ABOG Fellowship is named in honor of Norman F. Gant, MD, a member of the NAM and a former executive director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). The overall purpose of this fellowship is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars in obstetrics and gynecology 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. Supported through an endowment from Dr. Gant and ABOG, the program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates. Diplomates or Active Candidates for Certification by ABOG, who hold non-tenured faculty positions in any university, are eligible for the program.

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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

Dr. Saul D. Rivas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine which is a new medical school located in South Texas along the US/Mexico border. He is a specialist in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and the inaugural Medical Student Clerkship Director. His clinical and research interests focus around healthcare delivery systems for underserved populations. He developed and serves as the medical lead for the Immediate Postpartum Long Acting Reversible Contraception Program at the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance. As a co-investigator with the Healthy Families Grant, he has developed and serves as the medical lead for the Women’s UniMovil – a mobile clinic which provides care to women in the colonias of South Texas – as well as developing outreach programs aimed at providing women’s health education to community partners.

Dr. Rivas completed a Master of Science in Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health and worked in epidemiological research and public health at MD Anderson Cancer and the Texas Department of State Health Services, respectively. He completed a medical degree from Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed residency training at the University of New Mexico where he also served as the Administrative Chief Resident.

Previous Fellows

Ebony Carter, MD, MPH

Ebony Carter, MD, MPH

2017-2019 Gant/ABOG Fellow

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS

2015-2017 Gant/ABOG Fellow

Kathleen Schmeler, MD

Kathleen Schmeler, MD

2013-2015 Gant/ABOG Fellow

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH

2011-2013 Gant/ABOG Fellow

Rebekah Gee, MD

Rebekah Gee, MD

2009-2011 Gant/ABOG Fellow

Fellowship Description

The Gant/ABOG Fellowship will be 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 in October 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 Gant/ABOG Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. Each fellow will be assigned to an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research grant of $25,000 will be awarded to each Gant/ABOG 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 Gant/ABOG Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the NAM or the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society or a Director of the ABOG
  • Diplomate or Active Candidate for certification by ABOG
  • Non-tenured member of an academic faculty
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Within the first five years of an initial faculty appointment
  • Sponsorship by academic department head
  • Endorsement by the dean
  • 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 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 or the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society or a Director of the ABOG
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:
    1. Department chair
    2. Academic dean
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


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 Gant/ABOG 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 Gant/ABOG Fellowship was established in 2009 through an endowment from Norman F. Gant, MD, and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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