Suzanne and Robert Fletcher Prize in Population Medicine

2020 Fletcher Prize in Population Medicine

We are pleased to announce that Nicolas Trad, a second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, has been selected to receive the annual Fletcher Prize in Population Medicine. The Fletcher Prize is awarded by the Department for the best paper on a topic in Population Medicine written by a Harvard Medical School or Harvard School of Dental Medicine student. Papers were judged by an expert panel of DPM faculty.  His winning submission, “Recognizing loneliness as a core determinant of health” illustrated the adverse impact of loneliness.

The application for the 2021 Fletcher Prize will be live in Fall 2020.


Suzanne and Robert Fletcher met while they were students at Harvard Medical School, class of 1966.  Individually and jointly they have been national leaders in advancing the field of clinical epidemiology.  Their textbook, Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials, now in its 5th edition and co-written with their son, has been translated into several languages. Among other contributions, they served as Co-Editors in Chief of the Annals of Internal Medicine and founding Co-Editors of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and were founders of the World Association of Medical Editors.  In 1994, they returned to HMS and joined the Department.  Suzanne directed the Patient-Doctor II physical diagnosis course for second-year students and introduced the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessment to Harvard Medical School. Bob was founding director of the longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship.  Both continue as Professors emeriti in the DPM.