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ELAMĀ® Announces Graduation of 2010-2011 Class

April 20, 2011

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the graduation of its 16th class. The graduating class of 54 fellows joins a diverse community of nearly 700 alumnae leaders that represent almost 169 medical, dental, and public health schools from across the United States and Canada.

ELAM, established in 1995, is the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to move into positions of institutional leadership. The intensive fellowship encompasses executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and networking and mentoring activities aimed at broadening perspectives, building new capacities, and encouraging professional connections. Program assignments, both group and individual, provide opportunities for applying what has been learned and exercising leadership in a variety of situations and settings.

The year-long fellowship concluded in April with the presentation of the fellows' Institutional Action Projects. These projects, which were developed in collaboration with the fellows' dean or other senior official, were conducted at their home institutions and designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority. The projects were presented during ELAM's annual Forum on Emerging Issues.

"The 2010-2011 class was exceptional," acknowledges Diane Magrane, MD, director of Drexel University College of Medicine's International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which hosts the ELAM program. "The high quality of the Institutional Action Projects these fellows conducted demonstrates the knowledge gained of the depth and breadth of the challenges facing academic health centers, and the skills that a leader must possess to meet these challenges."

ELAM's mission is to increase the number of women in senior academic leadership positions. From there, these new appointments would help change the culture of academic health organizations in becoming more accepting of different perspectives and more responsive to societal needs and expectations. ELAM graduates now number close to 700 and serve in numerous leadership positions at the majority of US and Canadian academic health centers, including:

  • Five of the 17 current women deans at U.S. medical schools
  • Six of the 13 women deans at U.S. dental schools
  • Two of 14 women deans at U.S. public health schools

About ELAM

ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in 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. For more information on the ELAM program curriculum, faculty and participants, visit

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2010-2011 ELAM Graduating Class

Julia D. Andrieni, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Nancy S. Arbree, DDS, FACP

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Sandra K. Burge, PhD

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio

Elizabeth S. Burnside, MD, MPH

University of Wisconsin at Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Melanie T. Cushion, PhD

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Mary E. Dankoski, PhD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Elizabeth M. Datner, MD

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Sherin U. Devaskar, MD

University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Geri R. Donenberg, PhD

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou, DDS, PhD

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Nisha J. D'Silva, BDS, MSD, PhD

University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Lisa A. Elferink, PhD

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Sheila J. Ellis, MD

University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Laura M. Goetzl, MD, MPH

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Medicine

Gayle M. Gordillo, MD

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Eleanor E. Harris, MD

University of South Florida College of Medicine

Tina V. Hartert, MD, MPH

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Mary A. Hooks, MD, MBA

East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Susan L. Hyman, MD

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Betsy G. Jones, EdD

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Anne M. Kenny, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH

University of Michigan Medical School

Lian Li, PhD

Emory University School of Medicine

Katherine F. Luzuriaga, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jeanette H. Magnus, MD, PhD

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Michele Marcolongo, PhD

Drexel University

Shannon P. Marquez, PhD, MEng.

University of the Sciences

Christine E. Marx, MD, MA

Duke University School of Medicine

Carol M. Mason, MD

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Susan T. Nedorost, MD

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Lucia Notterpek, PhD

University of Florida College of Medicine

Ann-Christine Nyquist, MD, MSPH

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Susan C. Pannullo, MD

Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Susan M. Pepin, MD

Dartmouth Medical School

Linda C. Perkowski, PhD

University of Minnesota Medical School

Elizabeth E. Puscheck, MD, MS

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Ann M. Reed, MD

Mayo Medical School

Lesley Regan, MD, FRCOG, MBBS

Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine

Fonda G. Robinson, DMD

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Valerie L. Romero-Leggott, MD

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Susan R. Rosenthal, MD, MS

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Kathleen Ryan, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH

Medical College of Wisconsin

Sylvia B. Smith, PhD

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine

Kim M. Smith-Whitley, MD

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Mary D. Stephenson, MD, MSc

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine

Jill Suttles, PhD

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Lynn T. Tanoue, MD

Yale University School of Medicine

Joanne Todesco, MD, FRCPC

University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine

Omaida C. Velazquez, MD, FACS

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Ora A. Weisz, PhD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Gretchen L. Wells, MD, PhD

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Cynthia F. Wright, PhD

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine