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OHSU scholars elected to prestigious National Academy of Medicine

Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health, medicine
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Dr. Cohen is known as an innovative change agent in her field and has more than $25 million in grant funding from the NIH, while Dr. Newgard, among other things, is working to re-engineer the 911 emergency system to optimize patient outcomes with attention to cost. (Getty Images)

The National Academy of Medicine today announced two Oregon Health & Science University faculty members, Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., and Craig Newgard, M.D., M.P.H., were among 100 newly elected members recognized for demonstrating “outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service” during the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“The expertise of Drs. Cohen and Newgard brings great value in helping to address today’s most pressing health and scientific challenges, not only here in Oregon, but worldwide,” says OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, who was elected to NAM in 2001. “The OHSU community is proud to celebrate these exceptional colleagues as they represent our institution in this endeavor.”

New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. 

Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.

  Deb Cohen Ph.D
Deb Cohen, Ph.D.

A collaborative leader in qualitative and mixed methods primary care research, Cohen, a professor and research vice chair of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, is known as an innovative change agent in her field. With nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications and more than $25 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, her research focuses on the implementation of clinical innovations,  including novel technological systems -- assessing their impact on patient care -- and understanding how to scale up successful transformation efforts.

Cohen serves as a principal investigator evaluating the EvidenceNOW initiative, which aims to transform and advance heart health in more than 1,200 primary care practices across the country. Her 2008 educational report of recommendations for evaluating qualitative research remains one of the Annals of Family Medicine’s top 50 most-accessed papers.

Craig Newgard, M.D., M.P.H.

Craig Newgard, M.D., M.P.H.
Craig Newgard, M.D., M.P.H.

Newgard, a professor of emergency medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the OHSU Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, is ranked among the top 10 emergency medicine investigators in funding from the National Institutes of Health. His research focuses on trauma systems, emergency medical services and re-engineering the 911 emergency system to optimize patient outcomes with attention to cost.

Through collaboration with multiple worldwide organizations and research networks, Newgard has aided in the revision process for the national field triage guidelines, published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Surgeons; served on the National Quality Forum and multiple tasks forces, including the Oregon Medical Association’s Firearm Injury Prevention team; and is deeply invested in mentoring and training the next generation of emergency care investigators.

Other OHSU faculty members previously elected to the NAM include: Jennifer Devoe, M.D.; Brian Druker, M.D.; Richard Goodman, M.D., Ph.D.; Joe Gray, Ph.D.; and Gary Westbrook, M.D.

About The National Academy of 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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