May 2017

Alum David Shulkin's (Penn CSP 90-92) work as Secretary of Veterans Affairs was praised in NYTimes article, "New Veterans Affairs Chief: A Hands-On, Risk-Taking 'Standout.'

Kavita Patel (UCLA CSP 03-05) was featured in MedPage Today article, "'Connectivity' as the Key to Health Communities." 

Current scholar Claire Ankuda (Michigan CSP) and colleagues published, "Association of Physician Specialty with Hospice Referral for Hospitalized Nursing Home Patients with Advanced Dementia" in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Current scholar Claire Ankuda (Michigan CSP) and colleagues published, "Provision of Palliative Care Services by Family Physicians is Common" in JABFM.  

Current scholar Nia Heard-Garris (Michigan CSP) and colleagues published, "Transmitting Trauma: A systemic review of vicarious racism and child health" in Social Science & Medicine

Alum SreyRam Kuy (Yale CSP 07-09 VA Scholar) was selected for the 2017 Early Career Achievement Award from OHSU School of Medicine. 

April 2017

Alum SreyRam Kuy (Yale CSP 07-09 VA Scholar) is the Random Acts: Caught in the Act 2016 public vote winner. 

Current scholar Andrew Ibrahim (Michigan CSP VA Scholar) and Justin Dimick published, "Redesigning Delivery of Specialty Care Within Newly Formed Hospital Networks" in NEJM Catalyst

March 2017

Current scholar Krisda Chaiyachati (Penn CSP VA Scholar), David Asch (Penn CSP 87-89 and Penn co-director), and David Grande (Penn faculty) published, "Patient Inducements - High Graft or High Value?" in NEJM

Alum Aaron Carroll (Washington CSP 01-03) wrote, "Why Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Canada Outlive Those in the U.S." in NY Times The Upshot

Alums Tammy Chang (Michigan CSP 11-13), Michelle Moniz (Michigan CSP 13-15), Matthew Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00), and Caroline Richardson (Michigan CSP 99-01), and colleagues published, "Characteristics of women age 15-24 at risk for excess weight gain during pregnancy" in PLOS ONE

Alum Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (Penn CSP 83-86) has been named the University of Pennsylvania's 19th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective January 1, 2018. 

February 2017

Harrison Alter (Washington CSP 97-99), founding executive director of the Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine, partnered with the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a consensus conference to establish the intellectual underpinnings of social emergency medicine. The invitational conference, to be held in Dallas in September 2017, will help further establish the field, which explores the interplay of social forces and the emergency care system as together they influence the lives of individuals and communities. 

Alum Aaron Carroll (Washington CSP 01-03) published op-ed, "Wearable Fitness Devices Don't Seem to Make You More Fit," in NYTimes: TheUpshot

Alum Paul Blanc (UCSF CSP 85-87) published Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon (Yale Press: 2016).

Alum Raina Merchant (Penn CSP 07-10) was named an associate vice president for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and director of the newly created Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health.


Alum Marcella Nunez-Smith (Yale CSP 04-06) received the prestigious 2017 national Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to cultural diversity in medicine or to improving minority health. 

Alums Michelle Moniz (Michigan CSP 13-15), Matthew Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00), Tammy Chang (Michigan CSP 11-13), and colleague publish, "Meaning and Purpose: Refocusing on the Why in Medical Education," in NEJM. 

January 2017

Alum SreyRam Kuy (Yale CSP 07-09 VA Scholar) was selected as a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar

Alum Kara Odom Walker (UCLA CSP 07-10) has been nominated to serve as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. 

Alum Sean Lucan (Penn CSP 07-09) was selected by the National Academy of Medicine as 2016 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine Fellow

December 2016

Alum Kaytura Felix (JHU CSP 97-99) has joined RWJF as managing director of the Foundation's Leadership for Better Health programs. 

November 2016

Alum Laurie Zephyrin (Johns Hopkins 03-05) has been named Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Health for Community Care. 

October 2016

Alum Sean Lucan (Penn CSP 07-09) was named a 2016 NAM Fellow

Alum Glenda Wrenn (Penn CSP 08-11) was appointed to Director of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research.

Alum Robert Wachter (Stanford CSP 88-90, VA Scholar) was appointed new Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine. 

Alum Robert Dittus (UNC CSP 82-84) is the 2016 Herman A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. This award recognizes contributions and accomplishments of graduates of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health's epidemiology department. 

Alum Aaron Carroll (Washington CSP 01-03) wrote an NYTimes Upshot piece, "I'm a Doctor. If I Drop Food on the Kitchen Floor, I Still Eat It."

Alum Jeffrey Hom (Penn CSP 14-16, VA Scholar) accepted a position as a Health Policy Analyst at the City of Philadelphia Department of Health, where his current focus is providing guidance to the Health Commissioner on programs and policies around access to substance abuse treatment and overdose protection. 

September 2016

Alumna Anita Ravi (Penn CSP VA 14-16) is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Leader Awardfrom the Family Medicine Education Consortium. This award is given to promising Family Medicine senior residents, junior faculty, and clinicians with three years or less experience who have demonstrated the potential to be future leaders in Family Medicine.