Last Saturday, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) inducted the 85 members of its 2018 class at a ceremony at the historic National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. Election into NAM recognizes the major contributions these individuals have made to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare, and public health. Among these new inductees is Dr. Hector Rodriguez, Henry J. Kaiser Chair in Organized Health Systems and professor of health policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
Dr. Rodriguez was elected to the National Academy of Medicine last year for his work “integrating organization science theories and methods to assess the impact of health care teams and primary care reorganization on patient engagement, patient experience of care, and outcomes particularly for vulnerable populations,” according to a NAM press release. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest professional honors in the fields of health and medicine.
At Berkeley Public Health, Dr. Rodriguez is chair of the PhD program in health policy, co-director of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research, and faculty director of California Initiative for Health Equity & Action. His research examines the impact of organizational interventions to improve primary care quality and health system effectiveness.
“NAM provides me with the unique opportunity to contribute to the national health services and policy research agenda, as well as opportunities to advance my own research through new collaborations and partnerships with other NAM members across the country,” said Dr. Rodriguez. “I am extremely grateful to my mentors and close collaborators for making this honor possible.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 25