Heidi D. Nelson, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.C.P., has been awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internal medicine physicians. Dr. Nelson, Research Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE), also serves as Director of Scholarly Projects for the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Cancer Prevention and Screening at Providence Health and Services in Portland, Oregon.
Election to Mastership recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career accomplishments. Masters must have made a notable contribution to medicine. This includes, but is not limited to teaching, outstanding work in clinical medicine (research or practice), contributions to preventive medicine, improvements in the delivery of health care, and/or contributions to the medical literature. According to ACP bylaws, Masters are elected “on account of personal character, positions of honor, contributions toward furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.”
Dr. Nelson’s research, teaching, and clinical activities focus on clinical epidemiology, screening and prevention, women’s health, and health care policy and delivery. Within DMICE, Dr. Nelson serves as a lead investigator in the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center and is the collaborating principal investigator for the HRSA-sponsored Women’s Preventive Services Initiative. Dr. Nelson has conducted numerous systematic reviews on screening and prevention topics used to inform decision making by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, AHRQ Effective Healthcare Program, National Institutes of Health, and multiple other partners since 1998. Her studies have been used to determine clinical practice guidelines, health policy, and formulary and coverage decisions affecting millions of Americans. She recently published a textbook on systematic review methodology (Systematic Reviews to Answer Health Care Questions. Wolters Kluwer: Philadelphia, 2014).
Dr. Nelson has also served as an investigator for several prominent national studies, including the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures, Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, Breast Pathology Study, and Melanoma Pathology Study. She has served on influential national panels including the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention Services for Women that determined services to be covered under the Affordable Care Act, PROSPR Scientific Consulting Committee for the National Cancer Institute, and the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Woman’s Health. In the School of Medicine, Dr. Nelson develops and directs Scholarly Projects, a required component of the new MD curriculum in which medical students create in-depth investigative projects across the course of their medical school education with the goal of creating critical thinkers and lifelong learners.
ACP will honor new Masters at Convocation during Internal Medicine Meeting 2017, ACP’s annual scientific conference March 30-April 1 in San Diego.