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ELAM Names New Class of Fellows

54 Women Faculty to Embark in Year-Long Program

May 5, 2015

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the selection of its 2015-2016 class of fellows.

This is the 21st incoming class for ELAM®, the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions, where they enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation. The one-year, part-time program combines three week-long in-residence sessions with distance learning, designed to take the leadership lessons gained from the classroom to practice in the Fellows' institutions.

"This is a very diverse and talented group of leaders selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants," said Diane Magrane, MD, director of Drexel's International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which supports the program. "Over the course of the year they will enhance and practice skills in strategic finance, organizational change, and leadership skills that build capacity for their leading organizational change in the dynamic environment of academic medicine, dentistry, and public health."

Each fellow is supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution in her nomination for the program and continued mentorship. One aspect of this relationship is the curricular requirement to conduct an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the senior leadership. These action projects are designed to address a strategic institutional priority. Magrane explains, "The work of the fellowship not only helps them understand the challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in concrete, positive changes at their institutions."

Upon completion of the one-year fellowship in April 2016, the 54 members of this class will join a community of over 900 alumnae – all highly accomplished women serving in a variety of leadership positions around the world, including department chairs, research center directors, deans and college presidents, as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.

The work for this incoming class begins in June with online assignments and community building activities that continue through the end of the program in April 2016. Fellows begin the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pa., on September 26, 2015.

2015-2016 ELAM Fellows

  • Denise M. Adams, MD
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Christine Marie Albert, MD, MPH
    Harvard Medical School
  • Jennifer Bailit, MD, MPH
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Beatrice Beck Schimmer, MD
    University Hospital Zurich
  • Shilpa Jagdeep Buch, PhD
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Nicoleta Bugnariu, PT, PhD
    University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Julie Story Byerley, MD, MPH
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Diana Patricia Callender, MBBS
    The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Kimberle Canice Chapin-Robertson, MD
    Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
  • Joanna Chikwe, MD
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Elizabeth Andre Chrischilles, PhD
    The University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • Colleen E. Clancy, PhD
    University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
  • Loretta M. Cordova de Ortega, MD
    Universityof New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Stephanie D. Davis, MD
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Georgia Dounis, DDS, MS
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
  • Jannette Marie Dufour, PhD
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Hollenback Ellinas, MD
    Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Cristina Maria Fernandez-Valle, PhD
    University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Barbara A. Fivush, MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Wendy Lynne Frankel, MD
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Susan Lynn Furth, MD, PhD
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Iris Catrice Gibbs, MD
    Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Gabriella Gosman, MD
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Diane M. Harper, MD, MPH.
    University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Aixuan Holterman, MD
    University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria
  • Mira Bjelotomich Irons, MD
    American Board of Medical Specialties
  • Barbara Christine Jobst, MD
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Jessica Kandel, MD
    The University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Shubjeet Kaur, MD
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Emanuela Keller, MD
    University Hospital Zurich
  • Shou-Ling Leong, MD
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Mary C. Mahoney, MD
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Carol A. Mathews, MD
    University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Yvonne Louise Michael, ScD, SM
    Drexel University School of Public Health
  • Kathleen Theresa Montone, MD
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Karen F. Murray, MD
    University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Sireesha Yerradhoddi Reddy, MD
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • Vijaya B. Reddy, MD, MBA
    Rush Medical College of Rush University
  • Caroline Regina Richardson, MD
    University of Michigan Medical School
  • Nicole Kathryn Roberts, PhD
    City University of New York
  • Annie T. Sadosty, MD
    Mayo Medical School
  • Yun Saksena, DMD, MMSc
    Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Nanette Frances Santoro, MD
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Lynn Schnapp, MD
    Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
  • Adriana Segura, DDS, MS
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School
  • Shubhra Marwaha Shetty, MD
    The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Lori A Shutter, MD
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Julie Ann Sosa MD, MA
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • Sara Ghori Tariq, MD
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
  • Areti Tillou, MD, MSEd
    University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Angela Tyner, PhD
    University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
  • Sonal Tuli, MD, MEd
    University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Beth A. Virnig PhD, MPH
    University of Minnesota School of Public Health

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