Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD, MPH, to Serve on the National Academies’ New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Program

Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD, MPH, the inaugural Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Professor of Medicine, and an associate professor of medicine, has been selected to serve in the 2024-2026 cohort of New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at the National Academies. Participants are selected in recognition of outstanding achievements and the program provides an opportunity to identify and address pressing concerns for the nation.

New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is a cohort-based leadership program that promotes collaboration among outstanding early- and mid-career scientists, engineers, and medical professionals during a two-year term of service. The program aims to expand the diversity of expertise engaged in the convening and advisory functions of the National Academies while building a network of emerging U.S. leaders to address national and global challenges.

Assoumou is an attending physician in the section of infectious diseases at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is a clinician-investigator who cares for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Her research focuses on medical complications of substance use including HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV). She is also interested in models of care and on improving the continuum of care for individuals with HIV and/or HCV. She is currently the principal investigator on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research to increase HIV prevention.

Assoumou has published in multiple high impact journals including JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, AIDS and Clinical Infectious Diseases. Her work also informed guidance panels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Assoumou has also presented her findings at the National Academy of Sciences to the panel tasked with developing a National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C.

Assoumou graduated magna cum laude from Williams College and obtained her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She then completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Brown University and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she was awarded the Finland Award for Research Excellence. She also earned an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Assoumou received an Excellence in Teaching Hospital-Based Faculty Award at BMC in 2017. She was also recognized as the Distinguished Faculty of the Month in April 2020 for her service to the medical school community in teaching, service on committees and mentoring of students, trainees and junior faculty. The same year she also received a Department of Medicine Evans Junior Faculty Research Merit Award recognizing an outstanding record of scholarship and research. Dr. Assoumou is also a recipient of an Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare in Massachusetts Award by The Women’s Edge.

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