The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected three outstanding health professionals for NAM Fellowships. The fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. They will collaborate with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country during their two-year fellowship. In addition, they will help facilitate initiatives convened by the National Academies to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based guidance to national, state, and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators, and the public.

The 2018 class of NAM Fellows is:

James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow

Kameron Matthews, M.D., J.D., FAAFP, acting deputy undersecretary for health for community care, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.

NAM Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine

Michelle Kvalsund, D.O., M.S., assistant professor, department of neurology and ophthalmology, Michigan State University, East Lansing

NAM Fellow in Pharmacy

Dima Qato, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, department of pharmacy systems, outcomes, and policy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago

“Through the hands-on experience provided by the NAM Fellowship program, fellows will examine health care challenges across a range of disciplines to help develop sound health policy advice, and also be able to build a network of mentors whom they can call upon throughout their careers,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “I am pleased to welcome these exceptional health science scholars into the NAM Fellowship program.”

Each fellow will continue in his or her primary academic post while engaging part time over a two-year period in the National Academies’ health and science policy work. Each fellow will also work with an expert study committee or roundtable related to his or her professional interests, including contributing to its reports or other products. A flexible research stipend will be awarded to every fellow.

The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship program is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in the work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.


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