H. Richard Nesson Fellowship

The H. Richard Nesson Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital was established in 1997 to recognize Dr. Nesson’s 15 years of extraordinary leadership as president of the Hospital and his lifelong commitment to public and community health. Dr. Nesson was one of the nation’s leaders in health care policy and an unfailing advocate for a system that provides both access and quality health care to all of the public.

The H. Richard Nesson Fellowship is a tribute to that legacy. The two-year fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding and promising health care professional interested in health care policy, local or state community health research, or other community clinical care which addresses society’s critical and emerging health care needs. Individuals selected for the Nesson Fellowship embody Dr. Nesson’s characteristics of trailblazing leadership, the ability to anticipate and shape the future, and a lifelong commitment to provide access and quality health care for all citizens.

Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 H. Richard Nesson Fellowship. Please see below for application details and important deadlines.


Application Deadline: January 12, 2018

Interview of Finalist: February - March 2018

Notification of Recipient: March 2018

Fellowship Begins: July 1, 2018

Prior to Applying

In order to be considered for the fellowship, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Member of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital workforce
  • Doctoral degree in clinical science (MD, PhD) or an equivalent advanced degree
  • Established interest in community health, health care policy, local and state community health research, and/or other community clinical care that addresses critical emerging health care needs among vulnerable populations, in support of BWH strategic commitment to Health Equity
  • Capable of providing a two-year commitment

Please review the FAQ section for additional information or contact us at cchhe@partners.org.

Application Material

Interested candidates should apply online by the deadline January 12, 2018 and include the following items:

  1. Completed online application form
  2. Current resume/CV (upload in online application)
  3. Project proposal (answer questions and upload in online application)
  4. Two to three letters of recommendation

Progress Reports

Progress reports are required from the award recipient prior to the end of each award year. In the final year, fellows are to produce a document outlining the purpose, scope, and results of their particular fellowship, including a set of recommendations for review, consideration, or implementation. Recipients will present this paper and a final lecture upon completion of the fellowship.


Fellows are provided financial support for the duration of the fellowship.

Nesson Fellows


David Kroll, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry, was selected to be BWH’s 2017 H. Richard Nesson Fellow for his project entitled "Overcoming the Problem of No-Shows in Psychiatry." The fellowship begins July 1. As the next Nesson Fellow, Kroll will head up a project that aims to improve access to psychiatric care across BWH by expanding the use of alternative scheduling strategies – including telepsychiatry appointments and a referral-based, walk-in clinic model – in ambulatory Psychiatry practices.


Michelle Albert, MD, MPH

Heidi Behforouz, MD Cheryl Clark, MD, ScD

Cheryl Clark, MD, ScD

LeRoi Hicks. MD, MPH

Nawal M. Nour, MD, MPH

Audra Meadows, MD, MPH

Selwyn O. Rogers, MD, MPH, FACS

Scott Weiner, MD, MPH


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