Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for 2006-2007. He is one of seven health professionals with a wide range of academic and community-based experience to take part in the fellowship program this year.
Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1973, the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Program is designed to develop the talents of outstanding mid-career health professionals in academic medicine and community settings by providing them with an understanding of the health policy process. The program is administered by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Each year, fellows are selected on a competitive basis and leave their academic settings and practice responsibilities to spend a year in the nation's capital. Fellows begin the program in September and undergo a three-month orientation program. Then they interview for a nine-month work assignment in a congressional office or the executive branch. Following this one-year experience, fellows return to their home institutions or practices to assume leadership roles in improving health policy and management.
"I am both honored and excited to be selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Program," says Dr. Kellermann. "This will be an invaluable learning experience for me. At the same time, I hope my 'hands-on' experience as an emergency physician can help our nation's leaders as they work to improve the state of health care, specifically in better serving the uninsured, easing the growing burden on our emergency care system and strengthening our nation's capacity to respond to disasters and acts of terrorism."
Over 200 fellows from universities, colleges and other health-related organizations across the nation have participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Program.
In order to continue their development as health policy leaders at their home institutions and in their local communities, fellows receive additional support for up to two years following the completion of their federal work assignments.
In addition to leading the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory and teaching future doctors, Dr. Kellermann is the director of the Emory Center for Injury Control at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. The center is dedicated to reducing the health and economic impact of injuries in Atlanta, throughout Georgia and worldwide. He practices emergency medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta's only Level 1 Trauma Center. His research focuses on injury prevention, emergency cardiac care and health care for the uninsured.
Dr. Kellermann was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in 1999. He co-chaired the IOM's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance for three years. He recently completed service on the IOM's Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health Systems and was a co-author of the committee's recent three-report series.
Katherine Heilpern, MD, associate professor and vice chair for academic affairs for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory, will step in and lead the department for one year while Dr. Kellermann is completing his fellowship in Washington, DC.