The National Clinician Scholars Program partners with organizations sponsoring a number of individual scholar positions and inter-professional training between nurses and physicians. Consistent with the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” report, the program helps transform the healthcare system by providing opportunities for nurses and physicians to serve as full partners in healthcare redesign, improvement, and research. Fundamental elements from the RWJF program such as high-quality mentoring, a tailored curriculum, clinical work, and a national annual meeting are retained in the national program. The program includes physicians who have completed residency training, and nurses with a doctoral degree, including a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).
2017 - 2019 Cohort
Nauzley Abedini, M.D.
Abedini is a current third-year Internal Medicine resident from Sammamish, Washington. She received her Bachelor of Science in neurobiology with College Honors from the University of Washington. She later obtained her medical degree from the University of Michigan, graduating with Distinction in Medical Education, Service, and Research, and also completed a year-long research fellowship as a Fogarty Scholar in Kumasi, Ghana. She is now completing her residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Throughout her career, she has been active in scholarly and community-based projects with vulnerable populations as well as research related to the professional development and training of physicians both locally and internationally.
Career Interests: Dr. Abedini plans to have a tripartite career as an academic hospitalist, health services researcher, and medical educator in hopes of developing interdisciplinary strategies to develop and retain a diverse healthcare workforce equipped to provide comprehensive, high quality care to all patients, particularly those who are traditionally underserved. She also hopes to use her role as an educator to empower learners to also serve as advocates for health equity and social justice.
Research Interests: Improving access to quality medical care; enhancing transitions of care; improving inter-professional education and teamwork; building healthcare worker capacity in underserved settings and understanding factors that drive healthcare worker misdistribution and turnover.
Nnenaya Agochukwu, M.D.
Agochukwu is a urology resident at Yale New Haven Hospital. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, where she majored in biological sciences with a minor in Spanish. She received her medical degree, also from Louisiana State University. During medical school, she took a year off and participated in the Clinical Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. There she did research on cost effectiveness, which sparked her interest in health services research. In addition, she participated in cost expenditure, equipment utilization, and a spectrum of surgical procedures in regional hospitals in Ghana.
Career Interests: She plans a career as an academic urologist participating in health services research, with an integration of health policy specifically in the area of erectile dysfunction, urinary reconstruction, and urinary incontinence. In addition, she plans to participate in global health outreach and initiatives.
Research Interests: As a scholar, she is interested in quality of life in the elderly population. She would like to assess the impact of urological disease on quality of life. In addition, she is interested in surgical quality and outcomes in low and middle income countries in comparison to high income countries.
Jade Burns, Ph.D., R.N., CPNP-PC
Burns has undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in 2016. Dr. Burns has over ten years of experience working with children and youth ages 0-21 in a variety of clinical and academic settings ranging from the emergency room to several public schools within Metro Detroit. She is the former director of Healthy Teens Community Care Center, an adolescent school-linked clinic in the heart of Detroit. The clinic is part of a larger non-profit, Detroit Community Health Connection (DCHC). Her area of expertise in clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner is adolescent health care, family planning, health promotion, and STI prevention. During her time in the non-profit sector she was afforded the opportunity to work closely with DCHC executive staff and community and academic partners to create service-learning experiences to expose healthcare professionals and students to work in underserved areas. Dr. Burns was previously selected as a Paul Ambrose Scholar through the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research as well as a McNeil Scholar through the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is also a proud American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Jonas Scholar Alumni.
Career Interests: Dr. Burns looks forward to having career that will build upon her current research practice, a career that will allow her to translate her findings and experiences to the clinic and classroom as faculty in an institution of higher education to nursing and other health disciplines.
Research Interests: As a scholar Dr. Burns is interested in innovative approaches using community based participatory research and technology to improve healthcare and outcomes among adolescents at community health care centers. She has secondary interest in improving nursing practice and training programs in underserved areas.
Calista Harbaugh, M.D.
Harbaugh is a current general surgery resident from South Lyon, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Engineering. She went on to receive her medical degree and enter her residency in General Surgery at the University of Michigan.
Career Interests: She plans to pursue a career in academic pediatric surgery as a health services researcher, with a particular clinical interest in acute care surgery and trauma among youth.
Research Interests: Her interests include improving access to surgical care for pediatric patients and their families and optimizing quality of care in the perioperative period. She has a specific interest in perioperative narcotic prescribing to children and adolescents and its contribution to the national opioid epidemic.
Alan (Taylor) Kelley, M.D., M.P.H.
Kelley is a general internist and pediatrician raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. He completed a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in music at Brigham Young University, a medical degree at the University of Texas-Houston McGovern Medical School, and a master of public health degree in health policy and management at Harvard. He fulfilled residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Other significant life experiences include serving a two-year Spanish-speaking mission in Portland, Oregon, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; spending summers abroad promoting health education and advocating public health policy in rural Ecuador and Amman, Jordan; and working regularly within immigrant and refugee communities in the United States. He is one of eight children and father of four.
Career Interests: Taylor desires to help communities and the nation rethink how health care services are made available and provided to immigrant, refugee, and other underserved U.S. populations by engaging leaders, insurers, and policy makers toward patient-centered and cost-effective solutions.
Research Interests: Taylor’s research interests include evaluation of plan behavior and care quality in Medicaid managed care; barriers to primary and specialty care for immigrant, refugee, and other vulnerable populations; cost and resource effects of the Affordable Care Act; and innovation in value-based insurance design.
Cathryn Lapedis, M.D., M.P.H.
Lapedis is a pathologist from Wynnewood, PA. She received her BS in biology and education from University of Richmond, her MPH from University of Michigan, and her MD from Michigan State University. She completed residency at Boston University Medical School and fellowships in renal pathology and surgical pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as GI pathology at University of Michigan. Throughout her training she has been committed to understanding the relationships between health and poverty.
Career Interests: Dr. Lapedis aims to be an academic pathologist who bridges the fields of public health and pathology.
Research Interests: Cathryn is interested in studying the relationship between social disparities and chronic kidney disease by specifically understanding how factors like race, minority status, income, and structural inequalities translate into physical manifestations of disease by studying the morphology of the kidney.
Daphna Stoumsa, M.D., M.P.H.
Stroumsa is an obstetrician-gynecologist whose work focuses on addressing the needs of gender and sexual minorities. Originally from Jerusalem, Israel, Dr. Stroumsa obtained her medical degree from Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical School. During that time, she was part of a small cohort that introduced LGBTQ healthcare into Israel. Having trained for three years in obstetrics and gynecology at Hadassah University Hospital, she completed an MPH with focus on health management and policy from the University of Michigan, where she researched health policies affecting transgender people. Following this, Dr. Stroumsa trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where she continued to advocate for transgender patients in her practice, research, and teaching, and served on hospital and regional committees dedicated to improving transgender and LGBTQ health.
Career Interests: Dr. Stroumsa anticipates a career devoted to creating welcoming environments in which LGBTQ people receive knowledgeable and informed care. She plans to use her work as a clinician-researcher to teach, advocate, and affect policies related to the health and care of gender and sexual minorities.
Research Interests: Dr. Stroumsa’s approach to research is informed by feminist and queer methodologies. She is committed to community-driven research. She plans to conduct research on the health needs of LGBTQ people, with a particular focus on interactions with healthcare providers and on the intersections of reproductive justice and health.
Mary Vance, M.D.
Vance is a psychiatrist from Somerville, Massachusetts. She received her AA in Liberal Arts at Simon’s Rock College, her BA in Classics and Biology at Brown University, and her MD at the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. She joins the National Clinician Scholars Program after completing her postgraduate training at the MGH McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. She is currently a Public Psychiatry Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. During residency, she focused on clinical and research work while developing additional interests in advocacy, governance, and policy.
Career Interests: She hopes to leverage a solid grounding in clinical experience and research methodology to advocate for mental health policy changes that will benefit military service members and veterans.
Research Interests: Her research interests include trauma and PTSD, substance use disorders, and access to care.