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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® 2021 Leaders Forum

2021 Institutional Action Projects


Hoda J. Badr, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Developing A Strategic Plan for The Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Allison Ballantine, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
When Change Is the Only Certainty: Preparing a New Hospital to Welcome New Learners

Elizabeth Ann Bonney, MD, MPH
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
Building Infrastructure to Promote Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Samara B. Ginzburg, MD
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
The Institutional Impact of a New School of Medicine

Elaine H. Morrato, DrPH, MPH
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Launching the Parkinson Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurism

Jacqueline Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Humana, Inc.
Developing and Executing on an Institutional Anti-Racism Action Strategic Plan

Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD
Albany Medical College
Strategies to maximize communication in academic medical centers

Kimberly Templeton, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center
AMWA Wellbeing Initiative

Amy Lynn Waer, MD
Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Developing a Continuous State of Accreditation Readiness


Lotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
A Systems Approach to Improving Physician Work-Life, Enhancing Joy, and Mitigating Burnout

Beth Anne Fox, MD, MPH
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Increasing Rural Primary Care Access

Sharon Hermes Giordano, MD, MPH
The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Development of a Male Breast Cancer Program

Melissa Anne Haendel, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times: A tale of two concurrent leadership opportunities

Florette K. Hazard, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Utilization of Point of Care Testing in an Academic Medical Center: An Institutional Approach with an Emphasis on Patient-Centered Value

Arundathi Jeyabalan, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Postpartum Hypertension "Bridges" Clinic: A Novel Program to Improve Women's Health

Catherine Krawczeski, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Instituting Pro-active Multi-Disciplinary Risk Mitigation to Improve Outcomes and Team Dynamics in a Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Program

Wei Zhou, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Building a Multidisciplinary Aortic Center


Alice Chuang, MD, MEd
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Engaging medical students in their own professional development, Implementing high standards for professional behavior

Gretchen Diemer, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University
Development of Strategic Plan for Graduate Medical Education

Becky Ellis Dutch, PhD
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Developing an Academic Compensation Equity (ACE) Plan

Riki Gottlieb, DMD
University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry
Enhancing recruitment and enrollment of Indigenous students at UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Irene Hamrick, MD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Increase the Medical Student Geriatric Education at University of Cincinnati

Sara M. Lamb, MD
University of Utah Health Sciences
Development of a conditional acceptance program to increase representation of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds in medicine: PROMIS2U -- Prematriculation Readiness for Ongoing Medical Student Success Program at the University of

Judith Lichtman, PhD, MPH
Yale University School of Public Health
Developing the Humanities, Arts, and Public Health Practice at Yale (HAPPY) Initiative

Alyson Joy McGregor, MD, MA
Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
Integration of Sex and Gender Based Medicine into Medical School Curricula

Jill M. Mhyre, MD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Pre-medical pipeline program for HBCU students

Esra Sahingur, DDS, MS, PhD
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Launching a new graduate degree program- “Master of Oral Health Sciences”

Aimee Caroline Smidt, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Development of a UNM Comprehensive Online Image Atlas of Skin Disorders: Expanding accessible online learning to address disparities in representation in Dermatology and beyond

Britta May Thompson, PhD, MS
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Faculty Affairs and Development

Patricia Elizabeth Birk, MD
University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine
A Framework for Indigenous Cultural Safety in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba

Jennifer Lynn Bizon, PhD
University of Florida College of Medicine
Developing a Cohort Hiring Strategy for a Sustained Impact on Inclusive Excellence at the University of Florida

Jada Bussey-Jones, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Faculty development for URiM

Michelle S. Caird, MD
University of Michigan Medical School
Promoting Professionalism in Department Culture

Cynthia Denise Downard, MD, MMSc
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Adapting Launch Teams to Facilitate Eearl Career Faculty Retention in the Department of Surgery

Susanna Grace Evans, MD, FAAFP
Drexel University College of Medicine
Integrating a Department of Family Medicine into a New Health System While Maintaining an Academic Mission and Partnership with the College of Medicine

Angela Fagerlin, PhD
University of Utah School of Medicine
Strategic Development of Support for Caregiving Needs of Health Science Faculty, Staff, and Trainees During COVID-19 and Beyond

Colleen Teresa Fogarty, MD, MSc
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Onboarding and Faculty Development in Equity and Anti-Racism for New Faculty

Sarah Iriana, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Development of a faculty coaching program to improve engagement

Denise Jean Jamieson, MD, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine
Promoting Women Leaders at Emory: A Needs Assessment and Plane

Rima Jubran, MD, MPH, MACM
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Mentoring Academy (for faculty at the KSOM)

Amy Steves Kelley, MD, MSHS
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Leveraging Departmental Experience to Support Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

Kenya Adjora McNeal-Trice, MD
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Institutional Toolkit and Educational Programming to Prevent, Identify, and Address Sexual and Gender Harassment

Emily Oken, MD, MPH
Harvard Medical School
Best practices to support diversity in junior faculty searches

Donna Lynn Parker, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Expanding the Scope of the Academy of Educational Excellence at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Page B. Pennell, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Engaging and Enhancing Success of Junior Faculty and Trainees in Clinical and Translational Research across the Neurosciences

Julie A. Segre, PhD
National Institutes of Health
Leveraging Departmental Experience to Support Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

Randi Streisand, PhD
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Starting Strong: New Faculty Orientation Across the Year

Stephanie Terezakis, MD
University of Minnesota Medical School
Faculty mentoring and recruitment to address LGBTQIA diversity in leadership development

Brownsyne Mechelle Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS
Indiana University School of Medicine
Leading Enterprise Alignment in Diversity Recruitment and Retention (LEAD-Rs)

Barbara Margaret Van de Wiele, MD
University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Clinical Faculty Career Development and Satisfaction

Teresa M. Waters, PhD
University of Kentucky College of Public Health
Developing a unified structure/approach for Growing Research Mentors at the University of Kentucky

Bessie Ann Young, MD, MPH
University of Washington School of Medicine
Transforming Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UW School of Medicine


Kristie Long Foley, PhD, MS
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Developing a Strategic Plan for Research Integration under the new Wake Forest-Atrium Enterprise

Janine A. Higgins, PhD
The Children's Hospital at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
The Future of Clinical Research at Anschutz Medical Campus

Raina Merchant, MD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Advancing the Science of Antiracism in Health Care

Steffi Oesterreich, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Leveraging opportunities for exceptional translational breast cancer research through increased intra- and inter-institutional collaborations

Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH
Yale University School of Medicine
Strategic plan to enhance translational research in pregnancy across Yale New Haven Health System hospitals and community clinics

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Creating a center for Research in Patient Safety and Antimicrobial Resistance

Celia A. Schiffer, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Enhancing the Visibility of the Research Enterprise: Institute for Drug Resistance as a prototype

Nancy L. Sicotte, MD
University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Building a diverse and inclusive, interdisciplinary Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) clinical and research infrastructure

Julie K.M. Thacker, MD
Duke University School of Medicine
Creation of Clinical Research Trial Accrual Metric to Ensure Diversity in Enrollment

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