WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the 2019 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. These individuals are early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, from microbiology and surgery to sociology and biomedical engineering. The scholars are an essential part of a major NAM initiative, the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program, which provides a platform for a new generation of leaders to collaborate with the NAM and its members across generations and fields of expertise to advance science, combat persistent challenges in health and medicine, and spark transformative change to improve health for all.
Young leaders in this program are selected by NAM leadership to engage in a variety of activities throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) over a three-year term, beginning on July 1, 2019, for this new class. Activities include biannual meetings in Washington, D.C., with NAM leadership; planning an annual Emerging Leaders Forum; participating in National Academies convening activities; publishing NAM Perspectives; and attending the NAM's annual meeting each October.
"Selected to the National Academy of Medicine's Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine program for their leadership qualities, these extraordinary individuals represent the next generation of leading scientists, health care providers, public health professionals, and policymakers, who are poised to shape the future of science, medicine, and health equity," said NAM President Victor J. Dzau. "I welcome these exceptional professionals into our network of young leaders and look forward to their valuable input to accelerate innovative and cross-disciplinary activities addressing some of the most pressing challenges in health and medicine."
The 2019 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars are:
- Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., associate dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, and professor of pediatric tropical medicine and molecular virology and microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
- Oluwadamilola "Lola" Fayanju, M.D., M.A., M.P.H.S., assistant professor of surgery, Duke University
- Ning (Jenny) Jiang, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering and oncology, University of Texas at Austin
- Leora Horwitz, M.D., associate professor of population health and medicine, New York University School of Medicine
- Mark Huffman, M.D., M.P.H., Quentin D. Young Professor of Health Policy and associate professor of preventive medicine and medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and associate professor of food policy, The George Institute for Global Health
- Raina Merchant M.D., M.S.H.P., associate vice president, Penn Medicine/Digital Health; and associate professor, department of emergency medicine, University of Pennsylvania
- Brea Perry, Ph.D., professor of sociology, Indiana University
- Nathan Price, Ph.D., professor and associate director, Institute for Systems Biology
- Hassan A. Tetteh, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.A., M.S., chief medical informatics officer, U.S. Navy; and associate professor of surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
- Jeffrey K. Wickliffe Ph.D., M.S., associate professor, department of global environmental health sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
The Emerging Leaders program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation among the participants, NAM members, and experts across sectors. The emerging leaders will attend the NAM Emerging Leaders Forum, to be held in Washington, D.C., July 17-18, 2019. The forum will provide an opportunity for invited participants to share their activities and insights on cutting-edge developments in a wide range of fields through collaborative work and interdisciplinary discussions among the nation's evolving leadership in health and medicine.
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.
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