The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) selected Sanket Dhruva, MD, as the 2023 Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics. Dr. Dhruva is an assistant professor in cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and a staff physician at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System. His work focuses on understanding and strengthening the evidence base for the safe and effective use of drugs and medical devices in diverse populations, with the goal of improving the quality of care and clinical outcomes for patients.
The Fellowship was established in 2015 to enable early-career bioethics scholars to participate actively in the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Fellows participate in evidence-based health care or public health studies and policy-making processes that improve patient care and access to care. This experience will introduce Dr. Dhruva to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals.
“I plan to use my time as an NAM Greenwall Fellow to interact with and learn from national leaders and policymakers about how to translate evidence from bioethics-related research to policy that informs improvements in patient care,” Dr. Dhruva said.
Dr. Dhruva is the latest in a distinguished line of scholars who have used the opportunity to further incorporate bioethics thinking into health and research policy since the fellowship was launched. Kavita Shah Arora, MD, a University of North Carolina obstetrician-gynecologist and the most recent NAM Greenwall Fellow, described the Fellowship as a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to drive “health policy that is evidence-based, ethical, and equitable.”