July 26, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
The Institute of Medicine has selected Sean P. David, Clinical Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, as the 2011-2013 James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellow at the Institute of Medicine. David was selected from an outstanding group of nominees because of his accomplishments in family medicine, and specifically his work on smoking cessation and health promotion.

As a Puffer/ABFM/IOM Anniversary Fellow, David will work with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country as they collaborate on initiatives convened by the IOM to provide nonpartisan, evidence-based guidance to national, state, and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators, and the public. He also receives a research stipend of $25,000. Named in honor of James C. Puffer, president and chief executive officer of the American Board of Family Medicine, the fellowship program enables talented, early career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate in the work of IOM and further their careers as future leaders in the field.

"I am particularly pleased that the selection committee has chosen Dr. David as one of our inaugural fellows," Puffer said. "His bright career to date has been influenced by the unique intersection of basic science, behavioral health, clinical medicine, and public policy, and I believe he will benefit immensely from his immersion in the work of the Institute."

David's research is aimed at advancing the science to help patients quit smoking. Working with an international multidisciplinary research team, David has led several pharmacogenetic clinical trials of bupropion and nicotine replacement therapy and functional neuroimaging studies of nicotine dependence. He has more than 50 publications, mainly on smoking cessation, genetics, genomics, and public health, and is a co-leader of the STOMP (Study of Tobacco Use in Minority Populations) Genetics Consortium.

David received a B.S. in zoology and M.D. at the University of Washington, an M.S. in health and social behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Oxford. His residency training was with the New Hampshire/Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program, where he was chief resident and developed and led several health promotion programs with the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth.

IOM Anniversary Fellows continue their main responsibilities while engaging part time over a two-year period in the IOM's health and science policy work. A committee appointed by the president of IOM selects fellows based on their professional accomplishments, potential for leadership in health policy in the field of family medicine, reputation as scholars, and the relevance of their expertise to the work of the IOM.

About the American Board of Family Medicine
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is the second-largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose objective is to encourage excellence in medical care. The ABFM believes that its certified family physicians have successfully demonstrated their ability and have proven their commitment to the public, the specialty of Family Medicine and the profession.

Through its certification and recertification processes, the ABFM seeks to provide patients the assurance that its certified family physicians have completed the necessary training/experience to provide quality care to the individual and the family and that this commitment to excellence is maintained throughout the physician's years of practice.