White House taps 7 healthcare, medical professionals as fellows

The President's Commission on White House Fellowships has announced the appointment of the 2015-2016 class of White House Fellows.

The White House Fellows Program, which was created in 1964 by former President Lyndon B. Johnson, gives promising American leaders the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, current affairs and community service.

Sixteen fellows were selected this year, seven of which are healthcare and medical professionals. They are listed below in alphabetical order.

  • Teeb Al-Samarrai, MD, serves as deputy health officer and tuberculosis controller at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (Calif.).
  • Alexander Billioux, MD, serves as assistant chief of the Osler Medical Service at Baltimore-based John Hopkins Hospital.
  • Sara Bleich, PhD, works as an associate professor of health policy and management at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
  • Shereef Elnahal, MD, is taking a leave from residency in radiation oncology at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital and has authored over a dozen publications on healthcare quality, operations management and patient safety.
  • Rayden Llano was program director of health policy and economics at LSE Enterprise and previously served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in Asia.
  • Jennifer Macdonald, MD, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a family medicine physician at UCLA.
  • Kamillah Wood, MD, serves as the associate medical director of mobile health programs at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C.

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