Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College
Christopher Watson, MPH, (’11) an RWJF Health Policy Scholar, was one of only eight medical students in the country selected to receive a Minority Scholars Award at the American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 15, 2013. The award was given in recognition of his academic achievement and commitment to the elimination of health care disparities. As an AMA Foundation Minority Scholar, he received a $10,000 scholarship.

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Clinical Scholars
Patrick Conway, MD, (’05) chief medical officer for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, was appointed acting director of the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Aasim Padela, MD, MSc, (’08) was the guest editor for the Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics special issue in April 2013 titled “Islamic Bioethics Between Sacred Law, Lived Experiences, and State Authority.”

In June, National advisory committee member M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS, (’88) was named the new president of Wayne State University. Wilson was previously deputy director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Art Kellermann, MD, MPH, an alumnus of both the Clinical Scholars program (’83) and the Health Policy Fellows program (’06), as well as a Clinical Scholars national advisory committee member, has been appointed the new Dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Previously, Kellerman was the Vice President and Director for RAND Health, and prior to that, he was a professor of emergency medicine and public health and associate dean for health policy at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Executive Nurse Fellows
The White House honored Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, (’05) on July 9 as a “Champion of Change” who is working on the front lines to protect public health in a changing climate. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature Americans who do extraordinary things to empower and inspire their communities.

The American Academy of Nursing will induct 12 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows to be Academy Fellows in 2013. This is one of the most prestigious honors in the nursing profession. Those to recieve this recognition include Margaret Baker, PhD, RN (’13); Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN (’07); Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN (’01); Suzanne Boyle, DNSc, RN (’04); Janie Canty-Mitchell, PhD, RN (’09); Stephen J. Cavanagh, PhD, MS, MPA, RN (’09); Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN (’02); Mary Ellen Glasgow, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC (’09); Mary Lou Manning, PhD, RN, CPNP (’03); Sandra Festa Ryan, MSN, CPNP, FCPP, FAANP (’11); Sharon A.R. Stanley, PhD, RN (’11); and Danuta M. Wojnar, PhD, RN (’12).
An academy fellowship recognizes “the accomplishments and contributions of nursing leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research.”

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’04) was appointed director of the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science at the University of California-Davis. The center’s objective is “to increase the participation of women, especially Latinas, in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.”

Gloria J. McNeal, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN, (’07) founding dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, has been named dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services.

The University of Utah named Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’11) dean of its College of Nursing. Morton most recently was professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI, (’09) previously the associate dean and nursing instructor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, has been named dean of the University of Alabama College of Nursing. Prevost assumed her duties on August 16.

Sharon Stanley, PhD, RN, (’11) and Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, CPNP, FNAP, FAAN, (’04) were two of five nurses from the United States awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross for their exemplary service to the Red Cross.

Linnea Windel, MSN, RN, (’08) president and CEO of VNA Health Care, has been named the West Suburban Philanthropic Network’s Nonprofit Executive of the Year. The Nonprofit Executive of the Year award is presented to a senior-level nonprofit executive who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing the mission and services of his or her organization for the benefit of residents in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Barbara Wolfe, PhD, APRN, FAAN, (’09) was awarded the Mary A. Manning Mentoring Award by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. The annual award is presented to a nurse who exemplifies the image of an ideal mentor with a record of consistent outreach to nurses in practice or in the pursuit of advanced education.

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Program alumna Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, (’13) has been selected as a 2013–2015 Gilbert S. Omenn Anniversary Fellow at the Institute of Medicine. The fellowship is awarded to early-career scholars “who will integrate biomedical research, population health, and health policy and will expand the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy development that advances health.” Fellows participate in the work of an expert study committee or roundtable, contributing to its reports or other products.

New Connections
New Connections alumna Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD, (’07) will receive the 2013 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career) from the American Psychological Association during its annual convention.

New Connections grantee Brisa Sanchez, PhD, (’11) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Michigan in the biostatistics department. Sanchez also was elected chair of the Applied Public Health Statistics section of the American Public Health Association.

New Connections grantee Amanda Sullivan, PhD, (’11) was named one of the Foundation for Child Development’s 2013 Young Scholars.

Nurse Faculty Scholars
Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’08) was elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. The Council for High Blood Pressure Research conferred the honor in recognition of her “outstanding and sustained scientific contributions in hypertension and cardiovascular disease and volunteer leadership and service to the American Heart Association.”

Four Nurse Faculty Scholars Robert Atkins, PhD, RN (’08); Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP (‘12); Joachim Voss, PhD, RN (’08); and Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN (’10); will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing this fall. Academy fellows engage in transforming health care by “enhancing the quality of health and nursing care and strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system.”

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners inducted Anna Beeber, PhD, RN (’11); Elizabeth Kostas-Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC (’10); and Tami Lynn Thomas, PhD, CPNP, RNC (’09) as fellows this year. The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners was established to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made an impact in the field.

Alison Colbert, PhD, APRN, BC, (’10) has been awarded a fellowship in the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The fellowship is designed for aspiring and new deans, and to help prepare a more diverse pool of leaders for nursing programs.

Alexa Doig, PhD, RN, (’11) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Utah School of Nursing.

Michael Gates, PhD, RN, (’09) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at San Diego State University School of Nursing.

Nalo Hamilton, PhD, RN, WHNP/ANP-BC, (’12) assistant professor of nursing at the University of California–Los Angeles School of Nursing and a board-certified women’s health and adult health nurse practitioner, was featured on’s “In the Spotlight” column on July 10.

Maria Katapodi, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’10) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Donna Roberson, PhD, FNP, BC, (’09) has been awarded tenure and a promotion to associate professor at the College of Nursing at East Carolina University.

Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP, (’11) associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, was the subject of an Associated Press story about her Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) project. Among the outlets to carry the piece were the Washington Post, NPR, Boston Globe, and

Laurie Theeke, PhD, RN, (’10) was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor at the West Virginia School of Nursing.

Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, (’09) has been awarded tenure and a promotion to associate professor by the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona, effective with the 2013–2014 academic year. She also received the Suzanne Van Ort Peer Award for Graduate Teaching.

Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico
Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, BSN, MSN, and Carolyn Montoya, PhD, RN, MSN, CPNP, became the first two fellows from the program to successfully defend their dissertations and earn their PhDs. Buettner-Schmidt’s dissertation was A Rural Tobacco Smoke Pollution Study; she was awarded the Estelle Rosenblum Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Montoya’s dissertation was Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Children’s Self-Perception of Weight in a Rural Hispanic Community.

Project L/EARN
Project L/EARN alumna Patricia Calixte-Civil (’12) was awarded the John R.Z. Abela award for the psychology honors major with the strongest record in empirical research in clinical psychology at Rutgers University. Calixte-Civil was also selected to give the psychology department commencement speech.

Scholars in Health Policy Research
Two Scholars in Health Policy Research alumni will be joining the White House this fall. John Friedman, PhD, (’07) currently an assistant professor in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will be joining the National Economic Council as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Jordan Matsudaira, PhD, MA, MPP, (’05) assistant professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, has been appointed a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers for President Obama.

Wesley Yin, PhD, MA, (’06) has been appointed deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.