Professor Brown has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine Class of 2022

Megan Raney MPH ’10, Academic Dean of the School of Public Health, Physician of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Emergency Medicine, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Health Services, Policy and Practice, was one of 100 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine 2022 class last week.

Rani said the NAM is “an organization that represents the highest quality of…medical and public health sciences throughout the United States.” “She’s definitely… an amazing class of people that I’ve admired deeply for years.”

“It is a great honor to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine,” she added.

NAM director of media relations, Dana Corsen, wrote in an email to The Herald that the newly elected NAM members are selected based on their “key contributions to the advancement of medical science, healthcare, and public health.”

Rani said her election “serves as … a national testament to the impact of our study and practice here at Brown.”

Corson wrote that Raney’s appointment recognizes her “work as a national public health leader and communicator who has enabled a deeper understanding of public health challenges and … has changed public health paradigms.”

Previously, Rani has worked with the Non-Aligned Movement on initiatives related to science communication, COVID-19 and the prevention of gun injury violence. She said her election to the NAM would give her “a great ability to get more involved in the national academy to influence research agendas as well as policy on the national and international stage” while also collaborating “with some… of the wonderful people around the world.”

Rani co-founded the non-profit organization American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine In 2017, he served as a Senior Strategic Advisor. It also created a file Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health In 2019 and co-founded GetUsPPE.org in 2021 to help frontline workers and disadvantaged communities access personal protective equipment at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve been interested in public health ever since before I knew that was the name,” Rani said. She added, “As a rookie scientist, you dream of being elected one day (for the Non-Aligned Movement), and so it makes sense once the elections are held.

After earning her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, Rani worked for the Peace Corps working to prevent HIV/AIDS in West Africa during the HIV epidemic, before starting medical school at Columbia University and eventually earning her master’s degree in Public Health from Brown University.

“At the Peace Corps, I saw first-hand how important it is to focus on the community in developing prevention and treatment plans — and this is so fundamental to public health,” Raney said.

Maddie McCarthy ’24, who specializes in biology, human health and medical anthropology, has completed two years of independent study and an undergraduate research and education award project with Rani. The project I helped with, under Rani’s direction, examined patients in the emergency department of Hasbro Children’s Hospital for a study focused on preventing peer violence and symptoms of depression among at-risk teens.

“Rani makes herself available to interns, myself included, in ways that I think are rare at the college level,” McCarthy said. “She gets a lot of emails every day, but I know if she’s seen an email from me or one of the other interns, she usually gets back to it within minutes.”

After her independent and UTRA studies with Rani, McCarthy took a year off from school to do research in California, where she shared with Rani while mentoring “a lot… (I thought) the little pearls of wisdom.”

“She’s so radiant when she comes in and introduces herself to the patient,” McCarthy said. “If I was sick, I would have felt a degree of safety…

“Rani’s career has really been something to watch for the past few years, and… I’m very proud,” McCarthy said. “The path you paved…really touching (and inspiring).”

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