kufun the kufun Academy of Medicine
Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the kufun Academy of Medicine (NAM) is one of three academies that make up the╠ř (the kufun Academies) in the United States. Operating under the 1863 Congressional charter of the kufun, the kufun Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that work outside of government to provide objective advice on matters of science, technology, and health.
Our mission:╠řTo improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, authoritative, and trusted advice nationally and globally.
Our vision: A healthier future for everyone.
The kufun Academy of Medicine is:
- An independent, evidence-based scientific advisor.╠řTo carry out our work, we harness the talents and expertise of accomplished, thoughtful volunteers and undertake meticulous processes to avoid and balance bias. Our foundational goal is to be the most reliable source for credible scientific and policy advice on matters concerning human health.
- A national academy with global scope.╠řAlthough the kufun Academies were originally created to advise the U.S. government and advance the well-being of the U.S. population, our mandate is now much broader. The NAM includes members from across the globe and partners with organizations worldwide to address challenges that affect us all.
- Committed to catalyzing action and achieving impact.╠řWe identify and generate momentum around critical issues in health; marshal diverse expertise to build evidence-based solutions; inspire action through collaboration and public engagement; and foster the next generation of leaders and innovators.
- Collaborative and interdisciplinary.╠řIn partnership with the╠ř, the╠ř, and other stakeholders, the NAM draws on expertise across disciplines and domains to advance science, medicine, technology, and health.
- An honorific society for exceptional leaders. The NAM has more than 2,000 members elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement. Through a commitment to volunteer service, NAM members help guide the work and advance the mission of the NAM and the kufun Academies.
Membership in the kufun Academy of Medicine
The NAM has more than 2,400 members elected in recognition of professional achievement and commitment to volunteer service in activities of the (the kufun Academies). The NAM elects no more than 90 regular members and 10 international members annually. For those at the top of their field, NAM membership reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service.
Election Criteria and Process
Membership in the kufun Academy of Medicine is based upon:
- distinguished professional achievement in a field related to medicine and health;
- demonstrated and continued involvement with the issues of health care, prevention of disease, education, or research;
- skills and resources likely to contribute to achieving the AcademyÔÇÖs mission; and
- willingness to be an active participant in the work of the Academy.
The NAM Articles of Organization stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership shall be selected from fields outside the health professions that interface with health and medicine, such as the natural, social, computational and behavioral sciences, as well as law, administration, and engineering.
The election of individuals to the kufun Academy of Medicine begins with a confidential nomination by two NAM members who are well acquainted with the candidateÔÇÖs work. In sponsoring the nomination, the NAM member affirms his or her personal assessment that the candidate meets the NAMÔÇÖs primary criterion of excellence and outstanding professional achievement in a field relevant to the mission of the NAM. Each year, up to 90 regular members and 10 international members are elected to the NAM by the regular membership body at large. The annual nomination cycle begins on November 1 and closes on February 1. The election takes place in late summer with new members announced in conjunction with the NAM Annual Meeting in October.
NAM Membership Sections
NAM Member Sections
The kufun Academy of Medicine membership is organized in twelve membership sections.╠ř Each represents an area of professional endeavor that includes two or more subdisciplines.╠ř Every NAM member belongs to ONE section and ONE subsection within that section.
- Physical, Mathematical, Computer, Information, and Engineering Sciences
- Physical Sciences (chemistry, physics)
- Mathematical Sciences
- Computer/Information Sciences
- Biomedical Engineering/Engineering Sciences
- Biochemistry, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Genetics
- Cellular & developmental biology
- Medical microbiology/Immunology
- Neurosciences, Physiology, and Pharmacology
- Physiological sciences
- Pharmacological sciences
- Internal Medicine, Pathology, and Dermatology
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology
- Surgery, Surgical Subspecialties (excluding ophthalmology), Anesthesiology, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology, and Ophthalmology
- Surgery and surgical subspecialties (excluding ophthalmology)
- Radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology
- Psychiatry and Neurology
- Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation
- Family medicine/Primary care
- Emergency medicine
- Physical medicine & rehabilitation
- Public Health, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology
- General epidemiology/Public health
- Health services research
- Environmental/Occupational health
- Dentistry, Nutrition, Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine
- Other allied health
- Veterinary medicine
- Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law
- Health policy, health care financing, economics of health care
- Biomedical ethics, health/science research, policy, law and medicine
- Medical sociology, history of medicine, anthropology, political science, organization theory, demography
- Health psychology, biobehavioral sciences
- Administration of Health Services, Education, and Research
- Health services delivery
- Health policy/science leadership, advocacy, and/or consulting
Members of the NAM
View a listing of NAM Members including their affiliation, membership type and section.
Class of 2023
U.S. members of the Class of 2023 are:
Daniel G. Anderson, PhD,╠řprofessor, department of chemical engineering, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research,╠řMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.╠řFor pioneering the area of non-viral gene therapy and cellular delivery. His work has resulted in fundamental scientific advances, over 500 papers, patents, and patent applications, and the creation of companies, products, and technologies that are now in the clinic.
Kimberly Dawn Anderson-Erisman, PhD,╠řprofessor, physical medicine and rehabilitation, Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth System, Cleveland.╠řFor her 2004 seminal publication that challenged the dogma that ambulation was the top priority for people living with spinal cord injury (SCI), and redirection of SCI research toward upper limb, bowel, and bladder function. More recently, she led efforts to ensure that people with SCI participate in SCI research teams.
Michael S. Avidan, MB BCh, FCA SA,╠řDr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology, head of the department of anesthesiology, and professor of psychiatry and surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.╠řFor his international leadership in clinical anesthesiology research. He has designed and led large-scale, pragmatic clinical trials that have elucidated the role of clinical monitoring in the prevention of intraoperative awareness and delirium as well as the relationship of general anesthesia to neurocognitive outcomes of surgery.╠ř
Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD,╠řprofessor and emeritus chair, biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore.╠řFor enhancing the health and quality of life for older adults by developing innovative quantitative methods to improve measurements of complex disease states and to learn about patient trajectories and risks of major adverse events. Her methods have significantly advanced our understanding of functional capacity, disability, and frailty in aging.╠ř
Kurt Barnhart, MD, MSCE,╠řWilliam Shippen Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.╠řFor establishing the standard of care for early pregnancy monitoring, and for pioneering novel management protocols to decrease morbidity from pregnancy-related complications and early pregnancy loss including ectopic pregnancy, which is the leading cause of first trimester maternal mortality worldwide.╠ř
Regina Barzilay, MS, PhD,╠řSchool of Engineering Distinguished Professor of AI and Health, and AI lead, Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning and Health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.╠řFor the development of machine learning tools that have been transformational for breast cancer screening and risk assessment, and for the development of molecular design tools broadly utilized for drug discovery.╠ř
Susan J. Baserga, MD, PhD,╠řprofessor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, of genetics, and of therapeutic radiology, molecular biophysics, and biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.╠řFor pioneering the understanding of how ribosomes, the molecular factories that make proteins, assemble inside cells. Using a battery of approaches, she discovered a huge multi-molecular machine essential for ribosome formation in the cell nucleus. Components of this ÔÇťprocessomeÔÇŁ are implicated in a number of inherited human diseases.╠ř
Rashid Bashir, PhD,╠řGrainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, professor of bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign.╠řFor seminal contributions and visionary leadership in micro and nanoscale biosensors and diagnostics, bioengineering for early detection of infection and sepsis, and education in engineering-based medicine by helping to establish the worldÔÇÖs first engineering-based medical school at UIUC.╠ř
Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD,╠řchair of cancer biology and Richard and Nancy Lubin Family Chair, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and professor, departments of cell biology and pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston.╠řFor landmark contributions to our understanding of chromatin structure and function, including the establishment of principles of gene poising, repression and long-range regulation, and the identification of epigenetic mechanisms that underlie stem cell potency and tumorigenesis.╠ř
Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH,╠řpresident, The Commonwealth Fund, New York City.╠řFor leading one of nationÔÇÖs foremost health care philanthropies, and being one of the nationÔÇÖs most accomplished and experienced scholars and practitioners of health care quality and equity improvement.╠ř╠ř
Marian E. Betz, MD, MPH,╠řprofessor, emergency medicine, and founding director, Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, University of Colorado, Aurora.╠řFor her firearms and suicide prevention expertise and engagement with community members, including gun owners and retailers, in developing interventions to save lives from firearm injuries. She leads groundbreaking research in injury prevention and has been an expert for national organizations and three White House administrations.╠ř
Sara Naomi Bleich, PhD,╠řprofessor of public health policy, department of health policy and management, and vice provost for special projects, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston.╠řFor her internationally renowned expertise on nutrition security, and for being an advocate for health equity. She is widely recognized for her leadership and policy-relevant research on prevention of obesity and other diet-related diseases, food insecurity, racial inequities in the U.S., and advancing equitable policy solutions for change.╠ř
John D. Carpten, PhD,╠řchief scientific officer, City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.╠řFor leading the genomics field in understanding how racial and ethnic backgrounds affect cancer predisposition. He is internationally recognized for research in functional genomics, health disparities, and precision medicine. He has numerous national leadership roles and is the first African American to chair the kufun Cancer Advisory Committee.╠ř
Patrick M. Carter, MD,╠řco-director, Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention; co-director, Injury Prevention Center; associate professor, department of emergency medicine, Medical School; and associate professor, department of health behavior and health education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.╠řFor research and scholarship within the field of firearm injury prevention, including directing an Institute that is dedicated to advancing research on prevention-focused solutions to this public health problem, leading the NIH-funded Community Firearm Violence Prevention Network Coordinating Center, and directing a firearm injury prevention postdoctoral training program.╠ř
Timothy A. Chan, MD, PhD,╠řchair, Global Center for Immunotherapy and Precision Immuno-Oncology; Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Chair; and professor of medicine, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.╠řFor playing a key role in establishing the relationship between the number of mutations in a patientÔÇÖs tumor and the success of immune checkpoint inhibitors.╠ř
Michael F. Chiang, MD, MA,╠řdirector, kufun Eye Institute, kufun Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.╠řFor pioneering applications of biomedical informatics to ophthalmology in artificial intelligence, telehealth, pediatric retinal disease, electronic health records, and data science, including methodological and diagnostic advances in AI for pediatric retinopathy of prematurity, and for contributions to developing and implementing the largest ambulatory care registry in the United States.╠ř
Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA,╠řprofessor and division head, general pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital.╠řFor her leadership in advancing child health equity through scholarship in community-partnered design of innovative care models in pediatric primary care. Her work has transformed our understanding of how to deliver child preventive health care during the critical early childhood period to achieve equitable health outcomes and reduce disparities.╠ř
Theodore J. Corbin, MD, MPP,╠řThe Carol A. and Leo M. Henikoff, MD Presidential Professor; chairperson and professor, department of emergency medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.╠řFor his national leadership in firearm injury prevention. He focuses on community violence prevention and policy, has received numerous awards for his leadership, and currently serves as co-chair of the NAM Task Force on Preventing Firearm Injury and Violence.╠ř
Deidra C. Crews, MD, ScM,╠řprofessor of medicine (nephrology), epidemiology, and nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.╠řFor advancing equity and the social epidemiology of kidney disease. She has elucidated root causes of the disproportionate kidney disease burden among socially marginalized populations; used interventions to address social and behavioral risk factors for adverse outcomes; and informed guidelines for optimizing care for people with kidney failure.╠ř
Karina W. Davidson, PhD, MASc,╠řsenior vice president of research, Northwell Health; dean of academic affairs, Feinstein Institutes of Medical Research at Northwell Health; and Zucker Endowed Professor in Health Outcomes, departments of medicine, psychiatry, and cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University/Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, N.Y.╠řFor being an influential implementation scientist, trialist, and practitioner of evidence-based behavioral medicine. As a central leader of national and global collaboratives, she has improved public health significantly by investigating the causal effects of behavior change. As chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, she affected the health care of millions.╠ř
Roger J. Davis, PhD, FRS,╠řprofessor and chair, program in molecular medicine, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Worcester.╠řFor his research leadership on mechanisms that mediate cellular stress responses. His seminal discoveries on the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway provide a foundation for understanding the molecular basis of metabolic inflammatory responses in the development of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.╠ř
Luis Alberto Diaz Jr., MD,╠řhead, division of solid tumor oncology, department of medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City.╠řFor pioneering efforts to provide the first definitive examples of circulating tumor DNA being successfully used as a cancer biomarker for screening, monitoring, and detection of occult disease, and for discovery of the therapeutic link between immunotherapy and genetics in Lynch Syndrome patients and others with mismatch repair-deficient tumors.╠ř
Gail DÔÇÖOnofrio, MD, MS,╠řAlbert E. Kent Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; and professor of medicine core addiction and professor of epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Conn.╠řFor foreseeing the exploding opioid misuse epidemic, identifying the opportunity during emergency care, and developing knowledge and policy to change the practice. Her studies on alcohol-related seizures, alcohol interventions, and emergency department-initiated buprenorphine are transformative. Her implementation science studies enhanced the migration of research into practice.╠ř
Kojo Seys John Elenitoba-Johnson, MD,╠řinaugural chair, department of pathology and laboratory medicine, Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City.╠řFor pioneering lymphoma proteomics and being a top leader in precision and integrated diagnostics and their global democratization. His discoveries of therapeutically relevant recurrent genetic alterations and unbiased proteomic characterization of lymphoma have directly impacted patient care.╠ř
Sarah K. England, PhD,╠řAlan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Medicine, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.╠řFor contributions to the basic understanding of processes that underlie aberrant uterine activity leading to parturition and preterm birth.╠ř
M. Daniele Fallin, PhD,╠řJames W. Curran Dean of Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health,╠řEmory University, Atlanta.╠řFor being an international leader in elucidating genetic, epigenetic, and environmental mechanisms for neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders, particularly autism, AlzheimerÔÇÖs disease, and schizophrenia. As dean of public health at the Emory Rollins School, she contributes to population health efforts to recognize, understand, and prevent these neglected diseases.╠ř
Maurizio Fava, MD,╠řchair, department of psychiatry, associate dean for clinical and translational research, and Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston.╠řFor having contributed to the development of many novel antidepressant compounds throughout his career. He received research funding for over $110 million during the past 10 fiscal years, and has authored or co-authored over 900 original articles, with over 100,000 citations and an h index over 150.╠ř
Guoping Feng, PhD,╠řJames W. (1963) and Patricia T. Poitras Professor, brain and cognitive science; director, model systems and neurobiology, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research; and Tan Yang Collective researcher and associate director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge.╠řFor his breakthrough discoveries regarding the pathological mechanisms of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, providing foundational knowledges and molecular targets for developing effective therapeutics for mental illness such as OCD, ASD, and ADHD.╠ř
Sandy Feng, MD, PhD,╠řprofessor of surgery in residence, and vice chair of research, department of surgery, University of California, San Francisco.╠řFor challenging the dogma of lifelong immunosuppression and reshaping the paradigm for the long-term management of people with liver transplants. Her leadership in ethics of deceased donor intervention is opening the door for innovative research to improve the quality and quantity of life-saving organs available for transplantation.╠ř
Christopher B. Forrest, MD, PhD,╠řprofessor of pediatrics, ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital of Philadelphia and Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.╠řFor revolutionizing pediatric applied clinical research by founding PEDSnet, a network of 11 childrenÔÇÖs hospitals that share clinical data and a >13 million patient database, providing uniquely large sample sizes for common and rare diseases, a model data-management infrastructure for pediatric clinical research, and a unique research training program.╠ř
Debra M. Furr-Holden, PhD,╠řdean and professor of epidemiology, New York University School of Global Public Health, New York City.╠řFor her community-partnered research that has fueled multiple policy initiatives to improve behavioral health and eliminate racial, economic, and geographic disparities in intentional and unintentional injury including opioid-involved overdose death, gun violence, and community violence.╠ř
Susan L. Furth, MD, PhD,╠řchief scientific officer, executive vice president, and Edmond F. Notebaert Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research, ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital of Philadelphia; and professor, department of pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.╠řFor defining the natural history and epidemiology of kidney disease in children, including rates of progression, and elucidating the impact of cardiovascular disease risk by race, social determinants, and cause of kidney disease through multi-center observational studies and randomized control trials. Her work has substantially impacted childrenÔÇÖs health.╠ř
Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD,╠řdistinguished professor and founding chair, department of dermatology, University of California, San Diego.╠řFor discovering that the skin produces antimicrobial peptides and acts with the microbiome to protect against infection and regulate inflammation. His seminal observations in these fields have uncovered aspects of the pathogenesis of several diseases including atopic dermatitis, rosacea, and psoriasis, improving current approaches to therapy.╠ř
Francisco A.R. Garc├şa, MD, MPH,╠řdeputy county administrator and chief medical officer, Pima County; and╠řprofessor emeritus of public health, University of Arizona, Tucson.╠řFor being an internationally recognized expert in border health, emergency preparedness, and womenÔÇÖs reproductive health with more than 24 years of experience in public health and human services administration. He leads teams that develop innovative, collaborative, multi-sectoral approaches to the complex problems in vulnerable communities.╠ř
Cheryl L. Giscombe, PhD, PMHNP, RN, FAAN, FABMR,╠řdistinguished tenured professor and interim senior associate dean of academic affairs, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.╠řFor influencing national guidelines as a leading scholar on mental health, resilience, clinician wellness, and mind-body research. Her groundbreaking accomplishments include development of the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Mental Health Equity, the ÔÇťSuperwoman SchemaÔÇŁ theory, and biopsychosocial solutions for stress-related health inequities.╠ř
C├ęline R. Gounder, MD,╠řsenior fellow and editor-at-large for public health, KFF Health News; medical contributor, CBS News; and clinical associate professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases, New York University Grossman School of Medicine and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, New York City.╠řFor being one of the worldÔÇÖs leading experts in communication about science, medicine, and public health. She has won awards for coverage of health inequities and the COVID, Ebola, Zika, opioid, gun-violence, and disinformation epidemics.╠ř
David C. Grabowski, PhD,╠řprofessor, health care policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston.╠řFor his leadership, prominence, and contributions to the field of health economics, for elucidating novel trends in long-term and post-acute care quality, and identifying contradictory payment policies for Medicare and Medicaid, and for his work on the determinants of COVID-19 in nursing home deaths resulting in policy changes.╠ř
Eric D. Green, MD, PhD,╠řdirector, kufun Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), kufun Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.╠řFor leading the development of technologies and tools for translating genomics to clinical practice. Globally, he has pioneered cooperation to advance genomic fluency and precision medicine. In parallel, he has modeled diversity and inclusion in NHGRI senior leadership and workforce training programs.╠ř
Justin Hanes, PhD,╠řLewis J. Ort Professor of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, and professor of biomedical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, neurosurgery, oncology, and pharmacology and molecular sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.╠řFor pioneering discoveries and inventions of innovative drug delivery technologies, especially mucosal, ocular, and central nervous system drug delivery systems; and for international leadership in research and education at the interface of engineering, medicine, and entrepreneurship, leading to clinical translation of drug delivery technologies.╠ř
Richard J. Hatchett, MD,╠řchief executive officer, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Oslo, Norway.╠řFor extraordinary leadership in national and global public health preparedness. His many contributions include conceiving the Medical Reserve Corps after 9/11, pioneering social distancing strategies, helping to lead the 2009 Influenza Pandemic response, serving as first CEO of CEPI, and advancing equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution by co-founding COVAX.╠ř
Jiang He, MD, PhD,╠řprofessor and Joseph S. Copes Chair in Epidemiology, and director, Translational Science Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans.╠řFor transforming cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention efforts worldwide. After landmark studies documenting key determinants for CVD in the U.S., China, and elsewhere, he designed and rigorously tested highly effective and scalable interventions in resource-constrained settings. His research is creative, impactful, and transformative on a global scale.╠ř
Said A. Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA,╠řsenior vice president, medicine service line; chair, department of medicine; and David J. Greene Professor of Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, New Hyde Park, N.Y.╠řFor his seminal health services research on racial disparities in elective joint replacement that has provided a national model for advancing health equity research beyond the identification of inequities and toward their remediation, and for his research that has been leveraged to engage diverse and innovative emerging scholars.╠ř
Thomas V. Inglesby, MD,╠řdirector, Center for Health Security, and professor, department of environmental health and engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and joint appointment in medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore.╠řFor helping to establish and shape the field of public health preparedness and response, and for being an internationally respected voice during COVID. HeÔÇÖs been a public health leader for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the White House and influenced national and international policy, creating valuable collaborations and networks around the world.╠ř
Darrell J. Irvine, PhD,╠řUnderwood-Prescott Professor, department of biological engineering and department of materials science and engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.╠řFor the development of novel methods for delivery of immunotherapies and vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases.╠ř
Ursula B. Kaiser, MD,╠řchief, division of endocrinology, diabetes, and hypertension, and George W. Thorn, MD, Distinguished Chair in Endocrinology, Brigham and WomenÔÇÖs Hospital; and professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston.╠řFor being an internationally recognized leader in reproductive neuroendocrinology. Her major scientific accomplishments include the unraveling of genetic and molecular mechanisms controlling pubertal timing and gonadotropin-releasing hormone activation and the regulation of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone secretion.╠ř
Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP,╠řvice president and chief health equity officer, CVS Health, and staff physician, Henry Ford Health, Detroit.╠řFor her national leadership in emergency medicine and public health and advancing effective strategies to improve the health of historically marginalized populations. She led MichiganÔÇÖs COVID-19 response, as well as the Detroit Health DepartmentÔÇÖs strategy contributing to the cityÔÇÖs lowest recorded infant mortality rate. As an appointee to President BidenÔÇÖs COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, she helped advance recommendations for improving the countryÔÇÖs response to current and future pandemics.╠ř
Christopher F. Koller, MPPM, MAR,╠řpresident, Milbank Memorial Fund, New York City.╠řFor influencing the alignment of private and public health care policy to achieve systemic progress in population health and cost-effectiveness. The reforms he led as Rhode IslandÔÇÖs Health Insurance Commissioner have had national influence.╠ř
Wilbur A. Lam, MD, PhD,╠řprofessor and W. Paul Bowers Research Chair, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology; and professor, department of pediatrics, and associate dean of innovation, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.╠řFor outstanding contributions in point-of-care, home-based, and/or smartphone-enabled diagnostics that are changing the management of pediatric and hematologic diseases as well as development of microsystems technologies as research-enabling platforms to investigate blood biophysics. He also leads national/NIH efforts to assess diagnostic tests (including those for COVID-19) for the entire country.╠ř
Steven D. Leach, MD,╠řprofessor of molecular and systems biology, surgery, and medicine; Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer; and director, Dartmouth Cancer Center, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, Lebanon, N.H.╠řFor being an international leader in pancreatic cancer research, having made seminal research contributions in pancreatic cancer surgery, biology, genomics, and therapy over the past three decades.╠ř
Jeannie T. Lee, MD, PhD,╠řprofessor of genetics, department of molecular biology, Massachusetts General Hospital; and department of genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston.╠řFor research that has been central for understanding the roles of non-coding RNA in gene regulation. Using X-chromosome inactivation as a model, her investigations into extensive transcription of non-coding RNA are uncovering potential therapeutics to treat human diseases, including autism spectrum disorders, Rett Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome.╠ř
Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH,╠řassociate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine, Harvard Medical School; and senior associate in pediatrics, division of emergency medicine, Boston ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital, Boston.╠řFor foundational research on firearm injuries and being the lead author for the American Academy of Pediatrics 2022 Technical Report/Policy Statement on pediatric firearm injury prevention. In an area lacking major research support, she conducted and translated rigorous injury science for policymakers, leading to thousands of prevented injuries.╠ř
Kirsten E. Lyke, MD,╠řprofessor of medicine, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, and director, Malaria Vaccine and Challenge Unit, University of Maryland, Baltimore.╠řFor internationally recognized contributions to vaccine development against global (malaria and dengue) and emerging (Ebola and COVID-19) infectious diseases, and for leadership in human challenge models, optimizing and operationalizing tools that allow down-selection of candidate vaccines and monoclonal antibodies against malaria and dengue.╠ř
Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD,╠řTaube Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases; professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and population health, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.╠řFor her contributions in the epidemiology and control of pediatric infectious diseases, including polio and measles elimination from the Americas, prevention of maternal-infant HIV transmission, and the national COVID-19 pandemic response. She is a first-generation Latina and a role model for her academic accomplishments.╠ř
Miriam Merad, MD, PhD,╠řchair, department of immunology and immunotherapy, and director, Precision Immunology Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.╠řFor her groundbreaking discoveries in immunology, establishing for the first time that tissue-resident macrophages form an independent lineage that arises and is maintained independently of adult hematopoiesis, and have unique functional attributes that promote tissue integrity and tissue repair, response to infection, and contribute to tumor outcome.╠ř
Timothy M. Miller, MD, PhD,╠řDavid Clayson Professor of Neurology and vice chair of research, Washington University, St. Louis.╠řFor defining pathophysiology and developing a novel RNA-targeted therapeutic approach for treating neurological diseases, which he has pioneered and shown successful in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dementias. His blueprint for drug design and clinical trial application is now serving as a model in other neurologic disease programs.╠ř
Robert Avery Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS,╠řH. Leon Pachter Chair and professor of surgery, department of surgery, and director, NYU Langone Transplant Institute, NYU Langone Health, New York City.╠řFor significant contributions to the field of transplantation. He led the team that performed the first successful genetically edited pig-to-human kidney xenotransplant. He invented the type of ÔÇťkidney swapÔÇŁ that is responsible for over a thousand kidney transplants a year.╠ř
Gerardo Moreno, MD, MSHS,╠řchair and professor, department of family medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.╠řFor being one of the most influential young Latino academic leaders in family medicine and health care. He has implemented successful research initiatives and programs that enable and mentor minority students and advocates for state and federal policies that diversify the health care workforce, anchored in caring for high-risk patients in underserved communities.╠ř
Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil,╠řassociate professor of medicine, department of medicine, division of oncology, Columbia University of Medicine, New York City.╠řFor contributing important research in the immunotherapy of myeloid malignancies, such as acute myeloid leukemia, for establishing international centers for immunotherapy for childhood cancers, and for the discovery of tissue-resident stem cells. His book, ÔÇťThe Emperor of All Maladies,ÔÇŁ won the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated by╠řTime╠řas one of the centuryÔÇÖs 100 most influential books, introducing millions to modern cancer research.╠ř
Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH,╠řprofessor of surgery, chief, breast surgery section, and executive director and founder, International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes, Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital Network, New York City.╠řFor her efforts to address and eliminate breast cancer disparities across the world and whose research on characterizing hereditary susceptibility for triple negative breast cancer associated with African ancestry have earned worldwide acclaim.╠ř
Igho Ofotokun, MD, MSc, FIDSA,╠řGrady Distinguished Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, and professor of behavioral, social, and health education sciences, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta.╠řFor being a leading authority on the burden of chronic HIV and other infections in vulnerable populations. He promotes innovative strategies to mitigate this burden and enhance healthy aging. He leverages his platform to promote women and minorities in the biomedical workforce globally.╠ř
Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH,╠řpresident and CEO, Guttmacher Institute, New York City.╠řFor advancing health care delivery in the U.S. through leadership roles in nonprofits, government, philanthropy, and academia. As examples, she leads one of the most important research and policy institutes for reproductive rights in the U.S. and developed a health access program in New York City serving over 100,000 people.╠ř
Desmond U. Patton, PhD, MSW,╠řSchwartz University Professor of Social Policy, Communications, and Psychiatry; founding director, SAFElab; and chief strategy officer, School of Social Policy and Practice,╠řUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.╠řFor being the founding director of the SAFElab, a research lab focused on the ways in which youth of color navigate violence online and offline. He combines innovative and rigorous data science and social work approaches to understand the mechanisms of violence, firearm violence, joy, and grief.╠ř
Raina K. Plowright, PhD,╠řRudolf J. and Katharine L. Steffen Professor, department of public and ecosystem health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.╠řFor leadership in studying the impact of climate and land use change on infectious diseases emergence. She defined the spatial and temporal mechanisms underlying spillover of Hendra virus from bats into domestic animal and human populations. Her mechanistic work at the interface of ecology and disease is critical for preventing future pandemics.╠ř
Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH,╠řBloomberg Centennial Professor and Bloomberg Centennial Chair, department of health policy and management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.╠řFor her national leadership and major contributions to research, practice, and education related to health in all policies, and development of methodologies that promote health and equity considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, including transportation, housing, and education.╠ř
Kristy Red-Horse, PhD,╠řinvestigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor, department of biology, and professor, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.╠řFor research on how coronary vessels of the heart develop during embryogenesis and how they regenerate following cardiac injury. Her long-term goal is to discover novel developmental mechanisms while contributing knowledge toward the advancement of clinical treatments for cardiovascular disease.╠ř
Teri Reynolds, MD, MS, PhD,╠řunit head, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.╠řFor establishing the first WHO emergency care program and developing WHOÔÇÖs Basic Emergency Care and Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative, active in 60 countries. She leads WHOÔÇÖs guidance on universal health coverage packages and essential health services during crisis. Her academic contributions include extraordinary research collaborations across Africa and beyond.╠ř
Joseph B. Richardson Jr., PhD, MA,╠řMPower Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology, department of African American studies and department of anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park.╠řFor being a nationally and internationally recognized pioneer in research on gun violence, firearm injury, trauma, and interventions. His work includes translating science into the development of innovative interventions to reduce gun violence and firearm-related morbidity and mortality, especially as it impacts youth in poverty and Black men.╠ř
Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD,╠řdeanÔÇÖs professor and chair, department of health humanities and bioethics, director, Paul M. Schyve MD Center for Bioethics, and professor, departments of pediatrics and philosophy, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.; and Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor Emerita, University of Chicago.╠řFor her role in developing the living kidney paired exchange program, which now accounts for over 1,000 kidney transplants annually. Ross has also proposed a pediatric decision-making framework that is one of four models incorporated into the American Academy of Pediatrics policy on decision-making in pediatric practice.╠ř
Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD,╠řBartley Dobb Endowed Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, department of epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle.╠řFor being a national public health leader whose innovative and multidisciplinary research to integrate data across the health care system and criminal legal system has deepened our understanding of the risk and consequences of firearm-related harm and informed policies and programs to reduce its burden especially among underserved communities and populations.╠ř
Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD,╠řprofessor, department of neurology, Boston ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital, Boston.╠řFor world-leading expertise in the neurobiology of autism and a pioneer in translational studies for neurogenetic disorders. Work in the Sahin lab has identified the mechanisms by which tuberous sclerosis leads to neuronal mis-wiring and led to the identification of potential therapies for this and related disorders.╠ř
Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS,╠řexecutive vice chair of surgery and director of clinical operations, and associate professor of surgery and nursing, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore.╠řFor being a nationally recognized trauma surgeon whose innovative work and exceptional leadership in firearm injury prevention has been most instrumental in establishing the urgency and intellectual foundation to drive research and evidence-based policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.╠ř
Rebecca Anne Seguin-Fowler, PhD, RDN,╠řco-director, Institute for Advancing Health Agriculture, and professor of nutrition, Texas A&M University, College Station.╠řFor being a leading authority on community-engaged research in the areas of diet and physical activity interventions for obesity and chronic disease prevention among rural, low-income, older adult, minority, and other at-risk, underserved populations. Her innovative work and leadership have advanced knowledge related to social and environmental contextual factors to advance implementation and dissemination research to achieve health equity.╠ř
Morgan Sheng, MBBS, PhD,╠řprofessor, department of brain and cognitive sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; core institute member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge.╠řFor transforming the understanding of excitatory synapses. He revealed the postsynaptic density as a protein network controlling synaptic signaling and morphology; established the paradigm of signaling complexes organized by PDZ scaffolds; and pioneered the concept of localized regulation of mitochondria, apoptosis, and complement for targeted synapse elimination.╠ř
Catherine Y. Spong, MD,╠řprofessor and Paul C. MacDonald Distinguished Chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medicine Center, Dallas.╠řFor her international leadership, both at NIH during the ZIKA epidemic and at UT-Southwestern during the COVID-19 pandemic, that clearly demonstrated that clinical research translates into improved care for women and families.╠ř
Timothy A. Springer, PhD,╠řsenior investigator, program in cellular and molecular medicine, and Latham Family Professor, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology, and professor of medicine, Boston ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston.╠řFor his research on receptor-ligand interactions and transmembrane signal transmission that are relevant to immunology, hemostasis, and human disease using structural, cell biological, and single molecule techniques. Molecules studied include integrins and their ligands, TGF-╬▓, the epidermal growth factor receptor, vaccine targets in malaria, and von Willebrand factor (4750).╠ř
Brent R. Stockwell, PhD,╠řWilliam R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences; chair, department of biological sciences, and professor of chemistry, Columbia University; and professor of pathology and cell biology, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York City.╠řFor his discovery of ferroptosis, a form of iron-driven, oxidative cell death involving lipid peroxidation. He defined its features, mechanistic basis, the key genes and proteins and inhibitors that regulate it, and tools to study it. He identified roles of ferroptosis in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, suggesting novel therapeutic strategies.╠ř
Rudolph Emile Tanzi, PhD,╠řJoseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard University, and vice chair of neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.╠řFor being a pioneer and world leader in the areas of AlzheimerÔÇÖs disease (AD), neurogenetics, and translating pathogenetic mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases into novel therapeutics. He discovered numerous AD genes including the first three and developed the first complete human brain organoid model of AD, greatly accelerating drug discovery.╠ř
Julian F. Thayer, PhD,╠řdistinguished professor, department of psychological science, University of California, Irvine.╠řFor groundbreaking research and theory in understanding how stress, including racism, impacts autonomic nervous system dynamics and influence disease and the process of aging. Specifically, he has mapped out the complex mechanisms of how stress-related dysregulation of the vagal-neural axis can lead to early cardiovascular disease.╠ř
Methodius Gamuo Tuuli, MD, MPH, MBA,╠řChace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; chair, obstetrics and gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University; chief of obstetrics and gynecology, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island; and executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology, Care New England, Providence, R.I.╠řFor employing large multicenter trials and cohort studies, in the U.S. and globally, to generate evidence for clinical practice and policy to prevent adverse obstetric outcomes including surgical site infection after cesarean, management of labor, and medical complications in pregnancy, while building research capacity and mentoring diverse scholars.╠ř
Robert Otto Burciaga Valdez, PhD, MHSA,╠řdirector, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,╠ř╠řU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Md.╠řFor internationally recognized expertise in health services research and whose research has generated actionable knowledge. His government service, mentoring, and academic leadership have all advanced our ability to measure and improve access, quality, and health care outcomes, especially for children and historically excluded communities.╠ř
Terry L. Vanden Hoek, MD, FACEP,╠řprofessor and department chair of emergency medicine, professor of physiology and biophysics, professor of pharmacology and regenerative medicine, and director, Center for Advanced Resuscitation Medicine, Center for Cardiovascular Research, UI Health, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago.╠řFor his leadership in CPR that has changed worldwide practice and significantly improved cardiac arrest survival in Illinois. He has received over $30 million of extramural funding to improve care for vulnerable populations and his work ranges from novel peptide development for cardiac arrest treatment to artificial intelligence-monitoring for COVID-19 patient protection.╠ř
Robert H. Vonderheide, MD, DPhil,╠řdirector, Abramson Cancer Center; John H. Glick Abramson Cancer Center DirectorÔÇÖs Professor; vice dean, Cancer Programs, Perelman School of Medicine; and vice president, Cancer Programs, University of Pennsylvania Health System, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.╠řFor developing immune combination therapies for patients with pancreatic cancer by driving proof-of-concept from lab to clinic, then leading national, randomized clinical trials for therapy, maintenance, and interception; and for improving access of minority individuals to clinical trials while directing an NCI comprehensive cancer center.╠ř
Emily Ai-hua Wang, MD, MAS,╠řprofessor of medicine and of public health, and director, SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.╠řFor elucidating the health impacts of incarceration and partnering with formerly incarcerated people to study interventions to prevent health harms. Her work illuminates that the achievement of health equity requires ending mass incarceration and the vital role that health systems can play in decarceration to improve population health.╠ř
Jennifer A. Wargo, MD, MMSc,╠řR. Lee Clark Endowed Professor of Surgical Oncology and Genomic Medicine, and founder and director, Platform for Innovative Microbiome and Translational Research,╠řUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.╠řFor making fundamental and practice-changing contributions to our understanding of the response and resistance of melanoma to targeted therapy and immunotherapy. She pioneered the role of the tumor and gut microbiome in tumor biology and therapeutic response and translated these paradigmatic discoveries into novel clinical trials.╠ř
Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH,╠řBloomberg Professor of American Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.╠řFor leading groundbreaking research that has shaped policies at all levels of government and the gun violence prevention field. Over 30 years, his research has clearly and unwaveringly identified policies that prevent gun violence and suicides and informed community violence intervention programs.╠ř
Jennifer L. West, PhD,╠řdean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and professor of biomedical engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.╠řFor the invention, development and translation of novel biomaterials including bioactive, photopolymerizable hydrogels and theranostic nanoparticles.╠ř
Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD,╠řdirector, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, department of medicine, Weil Cornell Medicine, New York City.╠řFor his commitment to understanding the role of the immune system in cancer therapy. He has led several practice-changing trials establishing the use of immune checkpoint blockade for melanoma and other cancers. He has also led impactful efforts defining the mechanistic basis for sensitivity to these therapies.╠ř
Phillip D. Zamore, PhD,╠řinvestigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Gretchen Stone Cook Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and chair and professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Worcester.╠řFor making fundamental contributions to the understanding of RNAi, developing the first biochemical systems to study siRNAs, miRNAs, and their protein partners. His seminal discoveries explained how small RNAs are made and repress genes, transposons, and viruses. He has used these insights to develop novel RNA-based therapies for human diseases.╠ř
Hongkui Zeng, PhD,╠řexecutive vice president and director, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle.╠řFor her leadership in investigating cell types and connections in the mammalian brain. Her team has generated large-scale, open-access datasets and tools to accelerate neuroscience discovery. By systematically characterizing the transcriptome, morphology, and physiology of individual neurons, her work has led to transformative understanding of cell type diversity.╠ř
Yi Zhang, PhD,╠řFred S. Rosen Chair Professor, department of pediatrics, Boston ChildrenÔÇÖs Hospital;╠řprofessor, department of genetics, Harvard Medical School; and associate member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston.╠řFor making fundamental contributions to the epigenetics field through systematic identification and characterization of chromatin modifying enzymes, including EZH2, JmjC, and Tet. His proof-of-principle work on EZH2 inhibitors led to the founding of Epizyme and eventual making of tazemetostat, a drug approved for epithelioid sarcoma and follicular lymphoma.
International members of the Class of 2023 are:
Charles O. Agyemang, PhD, MPH,╠řprofessor, global migration, ethnicity, and health, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.╠řFor providing novel insight into the effects of global migration on obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. He established the RODAM study on Africa-to-Europe migration. His team conducted the first comprehensive research on health outcomes in African migrants in Europe, utilizing epidemiological, social, clinical, and molecular tools.╠ř
Celso Arango, MD, PhD,╠řdirector, Institute of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and head, department of child and adolescent psychiatry, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Mara├▒├│n, Madrid, Spain.╠řFor facilitating the change in FDA, EMA policies for psychotropic drugs for pediatric indications. He was influential in facilitating regulatory agency policies changes requiring companies to conduct pediatric investigations as part of a new drugÔÇÖs development. He has led 15 clinical trials in prevention and treatment of mental disorders in children and adolescents.╠ř
Lukoye Atwoli, MBChB, MMed Psych, PhD,╠řprofessor and dean, Medical College East Africa; and associate director, Brain and Mind Institute, The Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.╠řFor contributions to mental health care, policy, education, and epidemiology globally, for leading African and global medical and psychiatric associations, for leading two innovative medical schools in Africa as dean, and for co-chairing the kufun Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineÔÇÖs Board on Global Health, among other achievements.╠ř
Nils Brose, PhD,╠řdirector, department of molecular neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, G├Âttingen, Germany.╠řFor his pioneering work that has provided key insights into the molecular topography of synaptic signaling. His discoveries of key principles of synapse formation and transmitter release form the basis of our understanding of how neuronal microcircuits are organized and operate, and how their malfunction causes neurological and psychiatric disorders.╠ř
H├ęl├Ęne Carabin, DVM, MSc, PhD,╠řprofessor and Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and One Health, department of microbiology and pathology, and faculty of veterinary medicine, department of social and preventative medicine, School of Public Health, Universit├ę de Montr├ęal, Montreal, Canada.╠řFor her internationally recognized leadership in the epidemiology and transmission of neglected infections and neurological disease using a One Health approach. She currently serves on the scientific advisory committee on Global Health for Canada. Her epidemiological approaches have contributed to establishment of effective measures of zoonotic disease impact and global burden of disease estimates.╠ř
Daniel Drucker, MD,╠řprofessor of medicine, department of medicine, University of Toronto; and senior scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada.╠řFor pioneering studies of gastrointestinal hormone action and elucidating multiple novel metabolic actions of GLP-1, DPP-4, and GLP-2. His discoveries enabled development of three new classes of medications (GLP-1R agonists, DPP4 inhibitors, GLP-2R agonists) that have transformed the treatment of diabetes, obesity, and short bowel syndrome.╠ř
Christian T. Happi, MSc, PhD,╠řdistinguished professor, RedeemerÔÇÖs University; and director, African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Ede, Nigeria.╠řFor his tangible impact on infectious disease research in Africa. He has established critical programs and made important scientific contributions to malaria, Lassa fever, Ebola, mpox, yellow fever, and COVID-19 research. He led the effort to sequence the first full SARS-Cov-2 genome in Africa, which guided public health interventions, and is developing an early warning system that could stop the next pandemic before it starts.╠ř
Marta Imamura, MD, PhD,╠řassociate professor, department of legal medicine, bioethics, work medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation, University of S├úo Paulo School of Medicine, S├úo Paulo, Brazil.╠řFor her internationally recognized research exploring the role of central and peripheral sensitization and neurophysiological biomarkers contributing to chronic disabling myofascial (musculoskeletal) pain. This work is being evaluated for use by the Brazilian Unified Health System for assessment and non-pharmacological treatment of this pain.╠ř
Anne M. Johnson, MB BS, MSc, MD,╠řprofessor of infectious disease epidemiology, Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, United Kingdom.╠řFor being a leading clinical epidemiologist on transmission dynamics and prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and more recently COVID-19. She has led the British kufun Surveys of Sexual Lifestyles. Her research has focused on understanding behavioral epidemiology and has contributed broadly to public health policy.╠ř
Jens Nielsen, PhD,╠řdrtechn, drmedhc,╠řCEO, BioInnovation Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark; professor, department of life science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.╠řFor developing a systems biology approach for studying human metabolism with the objective to identify novel biomarkers and drug targets for metabolic diseases like type-2-diabetes, liver diseases and cancer. Several of his findings have been translated for use in the clinic for improved diagnosis.╠ř
For more information about membership, contact Donna Duncan at╠řdduncan@nas.edu
Victor J. Dzau, MD, President╠ř
Victor J. Dzau, MD, is the President of the kufun Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In addition, he serves as Vice Chair of the kufun Research Council. Dr. Dzau is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Duke University and the past President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Previously, Dr. Dzau was the Hershey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine and Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical SchoolÔÇÖs Brigham and WomenÔÇÖs Hospital, as well as Bloomfield Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University.
Dr. Dzau is an internationally acclaimed physician scientist and leader whose work has improved health and medicine in the United States and globally. His seminal work in cardiovascular medicine and genetics laid the foundation for the development of the class of lifesaving drugs known as ACE inhibitors, used globally to treat hypertension and heart failure. Dr. Dzau pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease and was the first to introduce DNA decoy molecules in humans in vivo. His pioneering research in cardiac regeneration led to the Paracrine Hypothesis of stem cell action and his recent strategy of direct cardiac reprogramming using microRNA. He maintains an active NIH-funded research laboratory.
Dr. Dzau is a leader in health and heath policy. At the NAM, he has led important initiatives such as╠ř Vital Directions for Health and Health Care, the Action Collaborative on Countering the US Opioid Epidemic, and the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. Under his tenure, the NAM has advanced efforts to improve health equity and address racism throughout its programmatic activities, especially the Culture of Health Program. Most recently, the NAM launched a Grand Challenge in Climate Change and Human Health & Equity to reverse the negative effects of climate change on health and social equity by activating the entire biomedical community, communicating and educating the public about climate change and health, driving changes through research, innovation and policy, and leading bold action to decarbonize the health care sector.
As a global health leader, he helped design and launch the kufun Academies initiatives on Global Health Risk Framework; Global Health and Future Role of the US; Crossing the Global Quality Chasm and Human Genome Editing. The NAM Global Grand Challenge for Healthy Longevity represents his vision to inspire across disciplines and sectors to coalesce around a shared priority and audacious goal to advance health.
He has led the NAMÔÇÖs response to COVID-19, which includes numerous committees, reports, consultations and communication on a range of issues including public health, vaccine allocation, health equity and mental health. He has worked tirelessly to engage with the global response to COVD-19 by providing leadership as a member of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, co-chair of the G20 Scientific Expert Panel on Global Health Security, Advisor to the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing and a principal of the ACT-Accelerator which includes COVAX, the global collaboration for accelerating the development, manufacture and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.╠ř
He is active in advising science and health in US and globally. He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the kufun Institutes of Health (NIH), chaired the NIH Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee and NHLBI Cardiovascular Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium. Currently, he chairs the Cardiovascular Progenitor Cell Translational Consortium. He is a member of the Health and Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council of Singapore, as well as a board member of the Imperial College Health Partners, UK and the Gairdner Foundation. He chairs the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Qatar Precision Medicine Institute, the Scientific Boards of the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, University of Toronto and Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow. He served on the Board of Health Governors of the World Economic Forum and chairs its Global Futures Council on Healthy Longevity.
Among his many honors and recognitions are the Max Delbreck Medal from Charite, Humboldt and Max Planck, Germany, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Henry Freisen International Prize. In 2019, he was named an Honorary Citizen of Singapore- the highest level of honor bestowed to a foreign citizen conferred by the President of Singapore. He has been elected to the kufun Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Japan Academy, Mexican Academy of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica. He has received 16 honorary doctorates.
J. Michael McGinnis, MD, The Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer
Michael McGinnis is a physician and epidemiologist who lives and works in Washington DC. Through his scholarly contributions, government service, and work in philanthropy, he has been a long-time contributor to national and global leadership in population health and medicine. Currently the Leonard D. Schaefer Executive Officer of the kufun Academy of Medicine (NAM), NAM Senior Scholar, and Executive Director of the NAM Leadership Consortium, previously he was founding Director, respectively, of the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationÔÇÖs (RWJF) Health Group, the World Health OrganizationÔÇÖs Office for Health Reconstruction in Bosnia, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and federal Office of Research Integrity (interim). At DHHS, he held appointments as Assistant Surgeon General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, with continuous policy leadership responsibility for federal activities in disease prevention and health promotion from 1977 to 1995, a tenure unusual for political and policy posts.
Among the notable programs initiated and implemented at his behest are the national Healthy People process establishing national health goals and objectives (1979-present), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (1984-present), the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (with USDA, 1980-present), and the Public Health Functions Steering GroupÔÇÖs Ten Essential Services of Public Health (1994-present), the RWJF Active Living family of programs (2000-2014), the RWJF Young Epidemiology Scholars Program (2001-2012), the RWJF Health and Society Scholars Program (2002-2015), the NAM/IOM report Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health & Health Care (2015), the NAM/IOM Learning Health System initiative (2006-present), and the forthcoming Commission on Investment Imperatives for a Healthy Nation. Most remain prominent elements on the health policy landscape. Internationally, he served in Bosnia (1995-6) as Chair of the joint World Bank/European Commission Task Force on Reconstruction of the Health and Human Services Sector, and in India (1974-5) as epidemiologist and state Director for the World Health OrganizationÔÇÖs successful smallpox eradication program. kufun recognitions include the Public Health Distinguished Service Award (1994), Health Leader of the Year Award (1997), Public Health Hero Award (2013), and the Fries Prize for Contributions to Health Improvement (2018). He is an elected member of the kufun Academy of Medicine (1999), Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Nursing (hon) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (hon). He attended Berkeley (BA), UCLA (MD, MA), and Harvard (MPP).
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The Keck Center
500 Fifth Street, NW
By Car from Ronald Reagan kufun Airport
1. Exit the airport to George Washington Memorial Parkway NORTH.
2. Exit to Memorial Bridge.
3. Bear LEFT after crossing Memorial Bridge into Washington, DC.
4. Take second LEFT onto Henry Bacon Drive, NW. You must turn LEFT at this point as your route will be blocked by Jersey walls.
5. Turn RIGHT at the traffic light onto Constitution Avenue, NW.
6. Turn LEFT onto Sixth Street, NW.
7. Cross E Steet, NW. and look to your right for the parking entrance immediately before the fire station.
By Car from Dulles International Airport
1. Exit the airport to Airport Access Road EAST.
2. Follow until Access Road merges with Interstate 66 EAST.
3. Follow I-66 EAST across the Roosevelt Bridge into Washington, DC. After the bridge, I-66 becomes Route 50 EAST/Constitution Avenue, NW.
4. Turn LEFT onto Sixth St, NW.
5. Cross E Street, NW. and look to your right for the parking entrance immediately before the fire station.
By Car from Baltimore/Washington International Airport
1. Exit the airport to Interstate 195 WEST.
2. Exit I-195 to MD-295 SOUTH (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) towards Washington, DC.
3. Follow MD-295 SOUTH to exit for Route 50 WEST to downtown Washington, DC.
4. Follow Route 50 WEST as it turns into New York Avenue, NE.
5. Turn LEFT onto Sixth Street, NW.
6. Cross F Street, NW, and look to your left for the parking entrance immediately after the fire station.
By MetroÔÇÖs Red Line
1. Take MetroÔÇÖs Red Line to the Judiciary Square station.
2. Exit the station by following signs to the Building Museum (F Street) exit, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, NW.
3. Turn LEFT and walk WEST on F Street, NW.
4. Cross Fith Street, NW, and turn LEFT.
5. Walk past the fire station parking lot. The next building on your right will be 500 Fifth Street, NW.
By MetroÔÇÖs Green or Yellow Line
1. Take MetroÔÇÖs Green or Yellow Line to the Gallery Place-Chinatown station.
2. Exit the station by following signs to Seventh and F Streets/Arena.
3. Turn LEFT and walk EAST on F Street NW, two blocks past the MCI Center.
4. Turn RIGHT on to Fifth Street, NW.
5. Walk past the fire station parking lot. The next building on your right will be 500 Fifth St, NW.
The kufun Building
2101 Constitution Ave, NW
By Car from Ronald Reagan kufun Airport
1. Exit the airport to George Washington Memorial Parkway NORTH. Exit to Memorial Bridge.
2. Bear LEFT after crossing Memorial Bridge into Washington, DC.
3. Take second LEFT onto Henry Bacon Drive NW You must turn LEFT at this point as your route will be blocked by Jersey walls.
4. Turn RIGHT at the traffic light onto Constitution Avenue, NW.
5. Turn LEFT at second light onto 21st Street, NW.
6. Parking lot entrance is on left before traffic light at intersection with C Street NW.
By Car from Dulles International Airport
1. Exit the airport to Airport Access Road EAST.
2. Follow until Access Road merges with Interstate 66 EAST.
3. Follow I-66 EAST across the Roosevelt Bridge into Washington, DC. After the bridge, I-66 becomes Route 50 EAST/Constitution Avenue, NW.
4. Turn LEFT at fourth light onto 21st Street, NW.
5. Parking lot entrance is on left before traffic light at intersection with C Street, NW.
By Car from Baltimore/Washington International Airport
1. Exit the airport to Interstate 195 WEST.
2. Exit I-195 to MD-295 SOUTH (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) towards Washington, DC.
3. Follow MD-295 SOUTH to exit for Route 50 WEST to downtown Washington, DC.
4. Follow Route 50 WEST as it turns into New York Avenue, NE.
5. Turn LEFT onto Ninth Street, NW.
6. Turn RIGHT onto Constitution Avenue, NW.
7. Turn RIGHT onto 21st Street, NW.
8. Parking lot entrance is on left before traffic light at intersection with C Street, NW.
By MetroÔÇÖs Orange or Blue Line
1. Take MetroÔÇÖs Orange or Blue Line to the Foggy Bottom-GWU station.
2. Turn RIGHT on to 23rd Street, NW, when you exit the station.
3. Walk SOUTH on 23rd Street, NW, for approximately 7 blocks.
4. Turn LEFT on to C Street, NW, (after the State Department).
5. Cross 22nd Street, NW, and enter the NAS building through its rear entrance at 2100╠řC Street, NW.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Drive
From the Los Angeles Area
1. Follow Interstate 405 South to Highway 73 South/SJH Toll Road.
2. Take Highway 73 approximately 2 miles and EXIT at University Drive.
3. Turn LEFT on University Drive and continue to California Avenue.
4. Turn RIGHT on California Avenue, then RIGHT at the first street, Academy. The centerÔÇÖs address is 100 Academy Drive.
From the San Diego Area
1. Follow Interstate 5 North to Interstate 405 North.
2. Take the Jeffrey/University Drive off-ramp and turn LEFT.
3. Continue on University Drive approximately 3 miles to California Avenue.
4. Turn LEFT on California Avenue, then RIGHT at the first street, Academy. The centerÔÇÖs address is 100 Academy Drive.
From the Riverside Area
1. Take the 91 Freeway West to the 55 Freeway South to Interstate 405 South.
2. EXIT at Jamboree Road West, toward the coast.
3. Continue on Jamboree Road to Campus Drive.
4. Turn LEFT at Campus Drive.
5. Turn RIGHT on University Drive.
6. At the second signal, California Avenue, turn LEFT.
7. Turn RIGHT at the first street, Academy. The centerÔÇÖs address is 100 Academy Drive.