R. Sterling Haring, DO, MPH has been selected as the National Academy of Medicine’s - NAM Osteopathic Medicine Fellow for 2022.

Dr. Haring is a pain medicine physician at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton, GA, and a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a 2015 graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton, FL).

The NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine is one of seven fellowships awarded by the National Academies of Medicine that enables talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work and to further their careers as future leaders in their field.

“The NAM Fellowship program provides unique experiences for our fellows to address complex challenges across a range of disciplines and develop sound health policy. The program also provides the fellows access to a network of mentors who can provide support to the fellows throughout their careers,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau.

Dr. Haring’s research includes a focus on the role of health systems and policy on patient outcomes and injury prevention. Through his work on a CDC grant at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he facilitated the identification and dissemination of actionable guidelines for national, state, and local officials seeking to address the opioid crisis. His work on public policy issues continued through his medical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and Pain Medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University, where he served on opioid-related committees at the institution as well as for national organizations.

The NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine is supported through funding from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), and it is part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program.

“We are thrilled with the selection of Dr. Haring for this highly regarded fellowship,” said Rita Forden, CEO of the American Osteopathic Foundation, a funding partner. “His continued research, bolstered by his Osteopathic medical education and the mentorship offered through the program, will help to make significant strides in the field of pain management.”