Dr. Alexander Melamed Named a 2021 National Academy of Medicine Fellow

NAM fellowship supports outstanding early-career researchers and clinicians.

August 5, 2021

Alexander Melamed, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC), has been awarded a 2021 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Fellowship.

The NAM Fellowship allows early-career health science scholars to participate actively in the work of the NAM and the National Academies, and to further their careers as future leaders in their field. Dr. Melamed is one of five 2021 NAM Fellows who have been chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, and the relevance of their current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Dr. Melamed’s research centers on harnessing “big data” to investigate how we can improve outcomes for women undergoing surgery for gynecological cancers. His work has helped to define the role of minimally invasive surgery in gynecologic oncology and identified strategies that reduce unnecessary side effects in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Over his two-year fellowship, Dr. Melamed will focus his expertise on collaborations with researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country. Together, they will facilitate initiatives convened by the National Academies and provide guidance to academic leaders, health care administrators, and policymakers at all levels of government.