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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Professor Named National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leader in Health & Medicine

Dr. Claire Wang, associate professor of health policy and management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health was named an Emerging Leader in Health & Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Early and mid-career leaders are selected by NAM leadership to engage in a variety of activities throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) over a three-year term including participation in standing committees, forums and report review panels. At the Mailman School, Dr. Wang co-directs the Obesity Prevention Initiative, a cross-disciplinary team focusing on environmental and policy approaches to preventing obesity at the population level. She is also the faculty co-director of the MPH certificate in Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research and teaches decision analysis and economic evaluation of health technologies to graduate students and clinical scientists.

[Photo: Dr. Claire Wang]

A physician epidemiologist, Dr. Wang’s research applies analytic modeling to synthesize evidence and data for informing policy and practice. Her current research focuses on developing and evaluating policies to promote healthy choices and to address the obesity epidemic in adults and in children, especially in terms of cost-effectiveness and downstream health and cost impact. During 2015-16, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, serving in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Since January 2017, she also served as senior program advisor to the National Academy of Medicine to lead the Vital Signs: Core Metrics implementation project. Dr. Wang has an MD from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, as well as an MS in epidemiology and an ScD in health policy and decision sciences from Harvard School of Public Health.

The only other individual with a primary appointment in a school of public health selected as an emerging leader is Dr. Minal Patel from University of Michigan School of Public Health.