Mark Huffman, MD, MPH, ’09 GME, the Quentin D. Young Professor of Health Policy and associate professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology, has been named a 2019 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholar by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
The Emerging Leader Scholars are selected by NAM leadership to engage in a variety of activities throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine over a three-year term, including biannual meetings 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.
“As a representative of Northwestern, I am excited to serve the National Academy of Medicine in this role. It is an outstanding honor and opportunity to work with and learn from other Emerging Leaders and members of the National Academy of Medicine. I am eager to start my tenure and hope that our collective action will help the National Academy of Medicine advance its mission,” said Huffman, also an associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.
NAM selects early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, from microbiology and surgery to sociology and biomedical engineering, to participate in the Emerging Leaders 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.
“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, healthcare providers, public health professionals, and policymakers, who are poised to shape the future of science, medicine and health equity,” said NAM President Victor 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 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.