Date:  July 11, 2006

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

IOM Names 2006-2007 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows

 

WASHINGTON -- The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has named seven new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows for 2006–2007.

 

The fellows -- outstanding midcareer health professionals -- were chosen on a competitive basis from nominations submitted by academic institutions, nonprofit health care organizations, and other community-based providers.

 

The fellows will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working in a congressional office or the executive branch.  During that time, they will enrich their understanding of public policy practices and the ways government health research relates to the mission of their home institutions and local communities.  Afterward, the fellows will return to their communities to apply their experiences to improving health policy and management locally.  The fellows also receive additional funds for up to two years so that they may continue their development as health policy leaders.

 

The fellowship program was established in 1973 at the Institute of Medicine with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.  The fellows were selected by the institute's Health Policy Fellowships Advisory Board, chaired by Robert Graham, M.D., professor of family medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

 

The 2006-2007 fellows are:

 

Guy Clifton, M.D.; professor, Runnells Distinguished Chair, and founding chair, department of neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

 

Carmen R. Green, M.D.; associate professor of anesthesiology, director of pain research and management, and attending physician, Center for Interventional Pain Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor

 

Nancy Hardt, M.D.; clinical professor, pathology and laboratory medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville

 

Arthur Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P.; professor and department chair of emergency medicine, Emory University, Atlanta

 

Barbara L. Kornblau, J.D., O.T.R./L.; professor of occupational therapy and public health, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla.

 

Eugene C. Rich, M.D.; Tenet Professor and Chair, department of medicine, School of Medicine, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

 

Howard Tuch, M.D.; medical director, long-term care programs, Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, Sarasota, Fla.

 

Additional information on the fellowship program can be found at <www.healthpolicyfellows.org>.

 

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