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Nancy Spector

Nancy Spector, MD

Professor of Pediatrics; Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Executive Director, ELAM

Department: Pediatrics

Specialties: Pediatrics


  • University of Massachusetts Medical School

Awards & Honors

  • John M. Eisenberg National Patient Safety and Quality Award, Joint Commission and National Quality Forum (2016)
  • Advancement of Safety and Pediatric Hospital Medicine Quality Award (2015)
  • Cox Prize and Finalist, Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School Health Acceleration Challenge (2015)
  • Miller Sarkin Mentoring Award from the Academic Pediatric Association (2014)
  • Elias Abrutyn Mentoring Award (2011)
  • Robert S. Holm Award (given by the Association of Pediatric Program Directors) to honor a program director or associate program director for extraordinary contribution in pediatric program director leadership (2010)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • American Pediatric Society

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Member, AAP Life Program Advisory Committee (2016–present)
  • Member, American Pediatric Society (2014–present)
  • Member, American Board of Pediatrics Education and Training Committee (2014–present)
  • Chair, APPD Faculty and Professional Development Task Force (2012–2015)
  • Member, Federation of Pediatrics Organizations' Task Force on Women in Pediatrics (2008–2014)
  • Co-chair, APPD Grassroots Forum for Associate Program Directors (2006–2010)
  • Vice-chair, APPD Faculty Development Task Force (2008–2011)
  • Co-chair, APPD Mentorship Program (2012–2016)
  • Co-chair, APPD Mid-Atlantic Regional Group (2007–2010)

Nancy Spector, MD, was an attending pediatrician at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1997 to 2016. She has been affiliated faculty since 2016. She is board certified in pediatrics, with an interest in pediatric education and bullying prevention. She was listed among the "Best Doctors" from 2007 to 2015, was a Top Philadelphia Doc in 2010, and received a Top Pediatrician Award from Philadelphia and South Jersey Magazine in 2013.

Clinical Services



  • General Academic Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children


  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Nancy Spector, MD, is the executive director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. She also serves as associate dean for faculty development at Drexel University College of Medicine and is a professor of pediatrics. Dr. Spector is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency, chief residency and general academic pediatrics fellowship at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Dr. Spector supplemented her educational portfolio with a fellowship in faculty development at Michigan State University and coursework in leadership and faculty development at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Harvard Macy Institute. She was a fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program in 2009–2010.

Dr. Spector joined St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in 1997 and, in addition to her other academic roles, she served as vice chair for education and faculty development, associate director of the Pediatric Residency program from 2002 to 2012 and program director from 2012 to 2016. She served as the associate director of ELAM from 2015 to 2016. Since 2016 she has been the executive director of ELAM

Her expertise extends broadly in academic pediatrics in the areas of curriculum design and implementation; evaluation methodology and process; faculty development; and mentoring. Her scholarly work focuses on the development and implementation of competency-based educational programs, mentorship, faculty development, professional development and leadership skills. She has been a leader of the I-PASS Study Group, a research group that focuses on patient safety and communications research and is a founder of the I-PASS Patient Safety Institute, which seeks to train institutions in best handoff practices and aid in their implementation.


Dr. Spector's scholarly activity includes:

  • Over 80 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters, and professional educational materials
  • Nearly 250 presentations, posters, workshops, CME courses and community presentations
  • 18 visiting professorships

Recent Publications

"Is Academic Medicine Making Mid-Career Women Physicians Invisible?"
Resa E. Lewiss, Julie K. Silver, Carol A. Bernstein, Angela M. Mills, Barbara Overholser, and Nancy D. Spector
Journal of Women's Health, online October 9, 2019

"Women in Pediatrics: Progress, Barriers, and Opportunities for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion"
Nancy D. Spector, Philomena A. Asante, Jasmine R. Marcelin, Julie A. Poorman, Allison R. Larson, Arghavan Salles, Amy S. Oxentenko, Julie K. Silver
Pediatrics;144(5):e20192149, November 2019

"Examining Gender Disparity in Medicine and Setting a Course Forward"
Nancy D. Spector, Barbara Overholser
JAMA Network Open, 2(6):e196484, June 28, 2019

"Patient safety after implementation of a coproduced family centered communication programme: multicenter before and after intervention study"
Alisa Khan, Nancy D. Spector, Jennifer D. Baird et al., on behalf of the Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study Group
BMJ, 363:k4764, 2018

"Assessment of Women Physicians Among Authors of Perspective-Type Articles Published in High-Impact Pediatric Journals"
Julie K. Silver, Julie A. Poorman, Julia M. Reilly, Nancy D. Spector, Richard Goldstein, Ross D. Zafonte
JAMA Network Open, 1(3):e180802, 2018

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a primary academic campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Its physicians are non-compensated members of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine and its clinical practices are independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Practice Office

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
160 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: 215.427.5000
Fax: 215.427.5555