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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.

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 initiatives that address 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.

Application Process

This year we have a slightly adjusted cycle period.

To apply for the 2023 Nesson Fellowship, please fill out this application and see the timeline below.


  • Application Deadline: April 15th
  • Recommendation Letters Deadline: April 22nd
  • Finalist Interviews: May 2023
  • Notification of Recipient: June 2023
  • Fellowship Begins: October 1st

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 FAQs section for additional information or contact Monique Kelly at

Application Material

Interested candidates should apply online by the deadline 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

Fellowship Expectations

Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows complete regular reporting and other requirements. These requirements may include but are not limited to: annual progress and final reports, project presentations to various teams/audiences, participation in CCHHE and other team meetings, participation in regular educational seminars/sessions, among other activities. The specific requirements will be finalized in discussion with Fellows and in advance of the start of the new Fellowship cycle.


Fellows are provided financial support for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows can receive up to $90,000 per year.

Nesson Fellows

Current Fellow

Regan W. Bergmark, MD

Dr. Regan Bergmark is a rhinologists, sinus and endoscopic skull base surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute and an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bergmark hails originally from Minnesota and is a graduate of Stanford University. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She remained at Harvard Medical School and Mass Eye and Ear for her residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and surgical fellowship training in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery. Her surgical practice focuses on rhinology, sinus, and skull base disease. She has a particular focus on sinus disease in immunocompromised people and tumors and cancers. Dr. Bergmark is core faculty at the Center for Surgery and Public Health where she studies how environmental and social determinants of health may affect healthcare access, utilization, and outcomes for surgical diseases. She works with a large team of surgeons and researchers to understand how to improve access to quality care to diverse patient populations. As the Nesson Fellow, she is working to study equitable and timely access to high quality surgical care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the greater Boston area. She additionally launched a prospective multicenter study of access to care for head and neck cancer patients, to investigate how patients’ social determinants of health and social networks may affect their ability to access care.

Past Fellows
  • Michelle Albert, MD, MPH
  • Heidi Behforouz, MD
  • Cheryl Clark, MD, ScD
  • Eric Goralnick, MD, MS
  • LeRoi Hicks, MD, MPH
  • Monik Jiménez, ScD, SM, FAHA
  • Richard Joseph, MD, MBA
  • David Kroll, MD
  • Margee Louisias, MD, MPH
  • Audra Meadows, MD, MPH
  • Nawal M. Nour, MD, MPH
  • Selwyn O. Rogers, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Scott Weiner, MD, MPH

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