Michelle Kvalsund, a Michigan State University assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, has received a 2018 National Academy of Medicine Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine.
The two-year fellowship provides Kvalsund the opportunity to collaborate with researchers, policy experts and clinicians from across the country.
During her fellowship, she plans to gain a working view of the processes of the National Academy of Medicine and exposure to multidisciplinary perspectives involved in health and nutrition policy making around the world.
Kvalsund is a global health neurologist with special interest in the intersections between neurologic health and illness, nutrition and tropical diseases.
An MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine alumna, she completed her neurology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2013 and returned to her alma mater to complete neuro-epidemiology and clinical neurophysiology fellowships in the MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology in 2015.
Kvalsund is based in Zambia nine months per year, where she conducts research on neuropathies and serves as an honorary lecturer within the University of Zambia School of Medicine and is director of Electromyography Services at the University Teaching Hospital.
Fellows are chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
They help facilitate initiatives convened by the National Academies to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based guidance to national, state and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators and the public.