For Immediate Release
Contact: Dana Korsen, Director of Media Relations, Office of News and Public Information, National Academy of Medicine; 202-334-2138.
Washington, D.C. — The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected seven outstanding health professionals for the class of 2022 NAM Fellowships. The fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and the relevance of their current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The fellows will collaborate with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country during their two-year fellowship. They will also 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 class of 2022 NAM Fellows is:
- NAM Fellow in Pharmacy:
- Inmaculada Hernandez, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor, division of clinical pharmacy, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
- American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) Fellow:
- Caitlin Rublee, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, department of emergency medicine and department of environmental and occupational health; assistant fellowship director, climate and health science policy fellowship; and director of graduate medical education, climate and health program, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora
- James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellows:
- Ruchi M. Fitzgerald, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor, department of family and preventive medicine, assistant professor, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, associate program director, addiction medicine fellowship, Rush University, Chicago; service chief, inpatient addiction medicine, PCC Community Wellness Center, Oak Park, Ill.
- Alicia Cohen, M.D., M.Sc., FAAFP, research investigator, Center of Innovation in Long Term Services and Supports, VA Providence Healthcare System; assistant professor of family medicine, Alpert Medical School, and assistant professor of health services, policy, and practice, School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
- NAM Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine:
- Sterling Haring, D.O., M.P.H., pain medicine physician, Tift Regional Medical Center, Tifton, Ga.; doctoral student, department of health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
- NAM Fellow to Advance State Health Policy:
- Ben Weston, M.D., M.P.H., FAEMS, associate professor, department of emergency medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin; chief health policy advisor, Milwaukee County; director of medical services, Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management
"The NAM Fellowship program provides unique experiences for our fellows to address complex challenges across a range of disciplines and develop sound health policy. The program also provides the fellows access to a network of mentors who can provide support to the fellows throughout their careers," said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. "I am delighted to welcome these exceptional health science scholars to the program."
Fellows will continue in their primary academic or research posts while engaging part time over a two-year period in the National Academies' health and science policy work. They will also work with an expert study committee or roundtable related to their professional interests, including contributing to reports or other products. A flexible research grant 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 NAM and the National Academies, and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.
The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.