Faculty of Internal Medicine Honored by ASCI


Three professors from Yale’s Department of Internal Medicine were recently nominated for election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). A total of 95 new members have been elected for 2022 and will be formally inducted at the ASCI Dinner and New Member Induction Ceremony in April.

Charles S. Dela Cruz, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine (pulmonology, critical care, and sleep medicine) and microbial pathogenesis is director of the Center for Pulmonary Infections Research and Treatment (CPIRT). His laboratory studies the role of respiratory infections including SARS-CoV-2 in acute and chronic lung disease. In 2021, he was named Program Director of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Physician-Scientist Research Pathway, part of the department’s traditional Internal Medicine residency training program. Dela Cruz also co-directs the Department of Internal Medicine’s Investigative Distinction Pathway for Internal Medicine residents.

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, CNH Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), and Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); is the first Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; Founding Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC); Director, Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) and Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Health Equity Leadership Fellowship. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations, with an emphasis on centering community engagement, supporting diversity and health workforce development, the development of patient-reported measures of health care quality and the identification of regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.

Emily Wang, MD, professor of medicine (general medicine) and public health (social and behavioral sciences); Co-Director, Center for Research Engagement, Internal Medicine; runs the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. The SEICHE Center is a collaboration between Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School that aims to drive community transformation by identifying legal, policy, and practice levers that can improve the health of individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. . She directs the Health Justice Lab research program, which receives funding from the National Institutes of Health to study how incarceration influences chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and substance use disorders. opioids, and uses a participatory approach to study interventions that mitigate the impacts of incarceration. .

Yale’s Department of Internal Medicine is among the nation’s premier departments, bringing together an elite cadre of clinicians, researchers, and educators in one of the best medical schools in the world. To learn more, visit Internal Medicine.


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