For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2019
Lauren Adams

Washington, D.C. October 16, 2019—AcademyHealth announced today the four individuals selected for the 2019 AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship (DSSF) and their respective placements. Drs. Jason R. Brown, Caroline Madrigal, Raymond Van Cleve, and Shira Winter recently began their year-long paid, postdoctoral Fellowship at four of the nation’s leading health systems this fall.

“The DSSF is a unique program that allows talented researchers to collaborate with mentors and other colleagues in some of the nation’s leading healthcare delivery systems,” said AcademyHealth Vice President Dr. Margo Edmunds. “Participants have the opportunity to engage with a variety of members of AcademyHealth’s diverse network across the country to build lasting relationships and impact health care in a meaningful way.”

Now in its ninth year, the DSSF is a professional development opportunity for highly qualified, doctorally prepared individuals who are interested in enhancing and applying their analytic skills to relevant and timely research topics in a delivery system setting. The ultimate goal of the Fellowship is to increase the capacity of the health services research workforce by providing experiential-learning opportunities in delivery system settings.  

The 2019 Fellows were selected through a competitive process that included evaluation by a national expert peer review panel and host site preceptors. We are now accepting applications for the 2020 cycle, through January 1, 2020. Individuals from across the broad field of health services research in addition to delivery system science, and public and population health fields are encouraged to apply. For more information, and to apply, visit

Brief biographies of the 2019 Fellows are as follows:

caroline madrigal headshot
Member, Researcher

Caroline Madrigal, Ph.D.

Fellow - Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Caroline Madrigal is a health services researcher who graduated with a Ph.D. in Nursing from The Pennsylva... Read Bio

ray van cleve headshot
Member, Researcher

Ray Van Cleve, M.S., Ph.D.

Fellow - Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Ray Van Cleve is a Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs, PRIME Center at the West Haven VA and Yal... Read Bio


About the DSSF Fellowship
The goal of the DSSF Fellowship is to provide hands-on training and professional opportunities for highly qualified researchers with a background in health services research (HSR) or related fields to enhance analytic skills and ultimately increase the capacity of the HSR workforce. To learn more about the AcademyHealth DSSF Fellowship, visit