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Published 10/1/2013

OREF Names New Vice President of Grants

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has named Kenya D. McRae, JD, PhD, as Vice President of Grants.

“We are pleased to welcome Kenya McRae to OREF,” said CEO Sharon K. Mellor, PhD, CAE. “Because she has experience participating in research projects as well as managing application and review processes at grant-making organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Dr. McRae will be an instrumental part of our team as we move forward with OREF’s new research agenda.”

The new research agenda is being crafted after a comprehensive planning process directed by the OREF Board of Trustees. It will enable the foundation to be more strategic in its grant making and, therefore, to be better able to elevate the practice of orthopaedic medicine and improve patient care.

“I believe this is an exciting time for OREF,” said Dr. McRae. “Dr. Mellor and her team are looking to redefine the organization’s identity by leveraging its signature programs and introducing new and bolder grant opportunities for its constituents. I believe my skills and talents in grant programming and management will complement their efforts. As a team member, I look forward to the challenge, to the growth, and to reaching lives.”

Immediately prior to joining OREF, Dr. McRae managed health systems and epidemiology for the American Cancer Society, where she was responsible for enhancing the grant program’s application and review process. Moreover, as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, she is involved with all aspects of research, from recruiting participants to co-authoring a report in a 2010 issue of Women’s Health Studies.

Prior to these roles, Dr. McRae was a program analyst and officer for the National Institutes of Health, where she managed a $10 million grant portfolio, oversaw grant application processes, and assisted with strategic planning for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (now called National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities). She is also an attorney specializing in business law and holds a juris doctorate, a master’s in business administration and doctor of philosophy in public health.

Founded in 1955, OREF has given more than 4,600 grants and awards totaling more than $139 million. For more information, visit www.oref.org