Distinguished Alumni Award: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD ’76.

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD ’76 

Nielson is senior associate dean for health policy and a clinical professor of medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. A past president of the American Medical Association, she is a highly regarded media expert on health policy and health systems reform.  Nielsen served as a senior advisor in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation during the Obama administration and on the board of directors for multiple health-based organizations, including the National Patient Safety Foundation, the National Quality Forum, the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company and Kaleida Health. She has been recognized with numerous accolades, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Catholic University, the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women’s Association, the West Virginia University Hall of Fame, and election into the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences.