27 Outstanding Young Physicians Selected for Prestigious National Fellowship

The 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars will help lead the improvement and transformation of U.S. health care.

    • July 15, 2010

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars® is pleased to announce the selection of 27 young physicians who will learn to conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy-makers on issues important to the health of all Americans. They will begin their prestigious two-year fellowships in July 2011.

“Clinical Scholars are leading change through every level of the health care system including community practice, local and state government, the federal government and professional organizations,” said Desmond K. Runyan, M.D., Dr.P.H., national program director for the Clinical Scholars program. “Our new scholars join a distinguished network of over 1,100 alumni that include prominent leaders of public and private agencies at the state and national levels, including RWJF president Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Nicole Lurie.”

The new Clinical Scholars are young physicians who were selected competitively from applicants enrolled in medical and surgical residencies across the United States. This year, the program had a record number of applicants specializing in emergency medicine and selected its first osteopath, Dr. Sidney Coupet.

“The Clinical Scholars program is one of RWJF’s flagship programs and is among the oldest and most prestigious fellowships awarded to physicians,” said David M. Krol, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Human Capital Portfolio team director at RWJF and an alumnus of the Clinical Scholars program. “Clinical Scholars have paved the way for physicians who want to take a leadership role in improving health and health care in the U.S.”

Through the program, scholars will spend two years examining the delivery, impact and organization of health care. The new scholars plan to work on a range of issues such as mitigating disparities in care of hospitalized children; using technology to improve doctor-patient communication; improving end-of-life care; reducing hospital-based infections; reducing preterm births for at-risk women; and expanding access to primary care in underserved communities.

Clinical Scholars receive their training at one of four universities: Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, or the University of California, Los Angeles. A program partner for more than 30 years, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will support eight of the 27 scholars through VA Medical Centers affiliated with the participating universities.


About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. Helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need—the Foundation expects to make a difference in our lifetime.