Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP, Puffer/ABFM Fellow Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Submitted on Fri, 10/23/2020 - 14:54

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Dr. Matthews currently serves as Assistant Under Secretary of Health for Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC and was previously selected as the NAM’s 2018–2020 Puffer/ABFM Fellow. The 90 new NAM members and 10 international members were named during its annual meeting October 19. Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of healthcare and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected annually through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.

As a Puffer/ABFM/NAM Fellow, Dr. Matthews focused her work on transformation in veterans’ health care by leveraging the Veteran Health Administration’s internal assets and external collaborations with academic and other community providers to deliver timely, high-quality care to all veterans regardless of residence. She also serves on the Implementing High Quality Primary Care consensus study due to be released in 2021. Dr Matthews is the second former Puffer/ABFM/NAM Fellow to be elected and the only family physician elected in 2020.

Established 10 years ago, the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship was created to provide the opportunity for early career family physicians to benefit from a two-year immersive fellowship experience at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). “The specialty of Family Medicine is now benefiting from this investment with election of two former Puffer/ABFM Fellows to the prestigious Academy — Jennifer DeVoe in 2015 and this year with the election of Dr. Matthews,” says James Puffer, MD, President and CEO Emeritus of ABFM. “Given the caliber of family physicians applying and being selected for the Fellowship, it would not surprise me to see many more former fellows elected to the Academy in the coming years.”

Dr. Matthews also serves as on the board of the National Quality Forum, the advisory board of the National Minority Quality Forum, the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the board of Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, and the alumni council of National Medical Fellowships. Her career interests focus on access to care, strategic operations, pipeline workforce development, and health equity. As a passion outside of work, she co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, an initiative seeking to bring premedical enrichment activities to minority high school and undergraduate students across the country.

Dr. Matthews earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree from the University of Chicago. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Matthews has focused her career on underserved patient populations, having worked as a staff physician at Cook County Jail and with Erie Family Health Center, a large community health center also in Chicago. Prior to joining the VA, she was the Chief Medical Officer of Mile Square Health Center within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Dr. Matthews’ honors and awards include the National Medical Quality Forum's 2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.

The full story and complete list of new members can be found by clicking here.

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected].