Robert Graham Center Director Andrew Bazemore, MD, Elected as Member of National Academy of Medicine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC — Andrew Bazemore, MD, director of the Robert Graham Center, was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine during its recent annual meeting.

The NAM is an independent organization of professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine that serves as adviser to the nation and the international community on health, medicine, and related policy. Election as a member recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

“I'm deeply honored by this election, which is a reflection of meaningful partnership with many fine Graham Center colleagues and collaborators over the years, and the support of a generous and trusting AAFP parent,” said Bazemore.

His election “is one of the highest honors in health and medicine,” said Douglas E.  Henley, MD, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which established the Robert Graham Center in 1999. “We applaud his leadership at the Robert Graham Center in developing research into access to care for underserved populations, the health care workforce, training for primary care clinicians and social determinants of health. This work has become foundational to establishing health policy that affects all Americans and demonstrates the key role of primary care in achieving the Triple Aim of improving patient experiences, improving population health and reducing or controlling the cost of care.”

The author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, Bazemore is a health services and policy researcher whose work includes studies on the impact of medical schools on their communities and the relationship between health systems and population health. He joined the Robert Graham Center as assistant director in 2005 and was named director in 2012. As assistant director, he oversaw the development of an award-winning data and mapping platform, HealthLandscape, an interactive web atlas that aims to democratize the use of geographic information systems for understanding health and communities.

Before joining the Robert Graham Center, Bazemore was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine, where he completed his residency training and fellowship, and where he remains an associate professor.

Bazemore also serves on the faculties of the Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University Departments of Family Medicine, and in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. He is a practicing family physician and teaches students and residents at Virginia Commonwealth University-Fairfax Family Medicine Residency program.

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About the Robert Graham Center

The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care works to improve individual and population health by enhancing the delivery of primary care. The Center staff generates and analyzes evidence that brings a family medicine and primary care perspective to health policy deliberations at local, state, and national levels.

Founded in 1999, the Robert Graham Center is an independent research unit affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The information and opinions contained in research from the Center do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the AAFP.