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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Success Stories Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, MD

Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, MD

 I am committed to giving back to ELAM, because I believe ELAM represents the best of midlife learning: relevant, provided in a safe haven, grounded in modern concepts of adult learning and – most importantly – committed to connecting you to a lifelong circle of supportive peers. 
Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, MD, '13

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In Yogi's own words...

In one word, my ELAM experience was transformative. As a physician leader returning to academia after a career in hospital administration, ELAM legitimized my place amongst the medical school and university leadership. No accomplishment in the business community has matched my selection and successful completion of ELAM amongst my academic peers. This has given me the opportunity to bring a dual skill set to the clinical infrastructure of our emerging Academic Health Center: a balancing act between good business principles and good scholarship. Since graduation, I have relied on my LC for counsel for my career and work/life issues. I consider myself fortunate to have a trusted inner circle that is both honest and supportive. The ELAM staff has also been helpful in connecting me to ELUMs who share my career goals.

I give back to ELAM in a number of ways: I actively advocate for ELAM on my campus with my Dean and senior leadership; I continue to donate annually; Dr. Karin Esposito, an ELUM, and I have committed to giving each other trusted, regular feedback as we build our careers at FIU.

About Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, MD

Dr. Yolangel ("Yogi") Hernandez Suarez is the Chief Executive Officer for Florida International University (FIU) Health Care Network, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez Suarez has spent a career building bridges among hospitals, academia and the community to create value for systems, patients and learners. Born and raised in New York City, she attended Swarthmore College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She holds a Master of Business Administration with specialization in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Miami School Of Business.

Dr. Hernandez Suarez has lived in Miami since 1992. She ran a successful OB/GYN practice for over a decade at Mount Sinai Medical Center and spent several years on the faculty at the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine teaching residents and students. Dr. Hernandez Suarez has spent the latter part of her career in physician leadership and development, recently serving as Chief Administrative Officer of Ambulatory Services at Jackson Health System. She has been with FIU since January 2010. In her current role as CEO for FIU Health, she has oversight of the emerging clinical enterprise of FIU's Academic Health Center.

Dr. Hernandez Suarez is the Founding Chair of the Miami-Dade Health Action Network and a 2008 National Public Hospital Fellow "Future Leader of Public Hospitals." She served on the leadership committee of the historic $14M CDC grant received by Miami-Dade County "Communities Putting Primary Care to Work." She was named one of South Florida's Most Influential Business Women in 2012 by South Florida Business Journal. Most recently she was selected 2014 AXA Businesswoman of the Year in the Healthcare division.

Thank you, Class of 2013!

Drexel Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship - Class of 2013

Pictured: Aviva Abosch, Marie Acierno, Hanan Al-Kadri, Julia Arnsten, Judy Aschner, Vimla Band, Margaret Baron, Sarah Berga, Giulia Bonaminio, Pamela Carmines, Ilana Cass, Yuhchyau Chen, Janet de Groot, Rinskje de Leeuw, Debra Diz, Kelli Dunn, Mercedes Falciglia, Leslie Fall, Marian Fitzgibbon, Amy Fuchs, Sabine Girod, Evelyn Gopez, Ellen Gravallese, Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, Kathryn Horn, Ivonne Jimenez-Velazquez, Donna Johnson, Karen Kelly, Diane Krause, Deborah Kuhls, Rakhshanda Layeequr-Rahman, Cheryl Lee, Catherine Lynch, Monica Lypson, Sharmila Makhija, Melvina McCabe, Susan Moffatt-Bruce, Carol Murdoch-Kinch, Elizabeth Nelson, Shawna Nesbitt, Melinda Pettigrew, Judith Regensteiner, Brenda Roman, Ann Rosenthal, Kathryn Sandberg, Kathryn Schmitz, Christie Seibert, Caroline Shiboski, Anne Simpson, Rebecca Slayton, Barbara Vickrey, Deborah Wing, Cynthia Wong

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ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.