Four scholars selected for 2021-2023 Duke NCSP cohort

December 11, 2020

 Kamal Golla, MD, MPH; Melissa Harris, BSN, RN, PhDc; Jennifer May, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, PhDc; and Karen Scherr, MD, PhD
Duke NCSP 2021-2023 cohort (left to right): Kamal Golla, MD, MPH; Melissa Harris, BSN, RN, PhDc; Jennifer May, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, PhDc; and Karen Scherr, MD, PhD

Four scholars have been selected for the 2021-2023 cohort of Duke’s National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). The cohort represents the third group of interdisciplinary medical researchers recruited to the Duke NCSP site.

Duke is one of six sites within the National Clinician Scholars Program, a consortium of prestigious academic health care research institutions which provides training for doctors and post-doctoral nurses as change agents for driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care.

The four scholars selected for this year’s cohort include:

  • Kamal Golla, MD, MPH – Research concerns developing value-based care redesign pathways for urologic oncology patients and investigating targets for financial toxicity mitigation
  • Melissa Harris, BSN, RN, PhDc – Research concerns improving the quality of life and care for older adults living with dementia and their family caregivers by examining innovative, non-pharmacologic interventions to better manage challenging symptoms of dementia
  • Jennifer May, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, PHDc – Research concerns investigating the role of healthcare workers' implicit bias (i.e., prejudice and stereotyping) toward sexual and gender minority older adults in long-term care/assisted living facilities, health outcomes, and health policy
  • Karen Scherr, MD, PhD – Research concerns examining the use of clinic-community partnerships to empower individuals, families, and communities to improve their health and wellbeing, with a focus on reducing disparities in obesity and obesity-related illness

The Duke NCSP focuses on community-based research, health services research, health policy, and implementation science across a broad range of disciplines.  Scholars will build expertise in these disciplines because of the critical role they play in both improving health care access, equity, quality, and outcomes and identifying and implementing effective health care policies

Nationally, the goal of the NCSP is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at a lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, healthcare systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit the Duke NCSP website or the national NCSP website.