Public Health Policy Expert to Discuss COVID-19

Nicole (Nicki) Lurie, MD, MSPH

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Public health leader Nicole (Nicki) Lurie, MD, MSPH, will deliver the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Endowed Lectureship on “Kidney Care and the COVID-19 Experience.”

Dr. Lurie is a physician, professor of medicine, and public health official who is internationally renowned as a health services researcher and policy expert. Her long history in the health services research field has focused on access to and quality of care, managed care, mental health, prevention, public health infrastructure and preparedness, and health disparities.

She will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped America’s emergency response infrastructure and changed kidney care in ways that are likely here to stay. Her talk will provide a big-picture view of the government response to COVID-19, how kidney patients were uniquely affected, and lessons for the kidney community in preparing for future pandemics. Her lecture will be part of a session on “Policy in a Post-COVID World.”

Dr. Lurie served as the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. In this role, she provided leadership in preventing, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies and disasters.

A consultant to the World Bank and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives, she has also served as medical advisor to the commissioner at the Minnesota department of health and as professor in the University of Minnesota schools of medicine and public health.

When at the RAND Corporation, her focus was on access to and quality of care, health equity, and population health. She has led several successful community-wide initiatives to improve the health of underserved populations.

She was senior editor of Health Services Research and served on editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous journals. She served as president of the Society of General Internal Medicine and on the board of directors for Academy Health.

Dr. Lurie has received many awards, including the Association for Health Services’ young investigator award, the American Federation of Clinical Research’s Nellie Westerman Prize for Research in Ethics, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s distinguished alumni award.

Dr. Lurie attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency and master’s degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholar.

October-November 2020 (Vol. 12, Number 10 & 11)