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Internal Medicine Faculty Honored by ASCI

March 15, 2022
by Julie Parry

Three faculty from Yale’s Department of Internal Medicine were recently nominated for election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). A total of 95 new members have been elected for 2022, and will officially inducted at the ASCI Dinner and New Member Induction Ceremony in April.

Charles S. Dela Cruz, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine (pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine) and of Microbial Pathogenesis serves as the director of the Center for Pulmonary Infection Research and Treatment (CPIRT). His laboratory studies the role of respiratory infection including SARS-CoV-2 in acute and chronic lung diseases. In 2021, he was appointed as program director of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Physician-Scientist Research Pathway, part of the department’s Internal Medicine Traditional Residency Training Program. Dela Cruz also co-directs the Department of Internal Medicine’s Investigative Distinction Pathway for the internal medicine residents.

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease) and of Public Health (Social And Behavioral Sciences); is the inaugural associate dean for Health Equity Research; founding director, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC); director, Center for Research Engagement (CRE); deputy director for health equity research and workforce development at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), and director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on centering community engagement, supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.

Emily Wang, MD, professor of medicine (general medicine) and of public health (social and behavioral Sciences); co-director, Center for Research Engagement, Internal Medicine; directs the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. The SEICHE Center is a collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School working to stimulate community transformation by identifying the legal, policy, and practice levers that can improve the health of individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. She leads the Health Justice Lab research program, which receives National Institutes of Health funding to investigate how incarceration influences chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and opioid use disorder, and uses a participatory approach to study interventions which mitigate the impacts of incarceration.

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Submitted by Julie Parry on March 15, 2022