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ELAM Announces 2018-2019 Class

May 10, 2018

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the selection of its 2018-2019 class of fellows.

This is the 24th incoming class for ELAM®, the only longitudinal program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. The ELAM program has been specially developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions at academic health centers within the next five years.

The effectiveness of ELAM's distinctive approach to leadership preparation is broadly recognized within the academic health community. ELAM graduates number over 1,000 and serve in leadership positions at 259 U.S. and Canadian academic health centers.

“Applications to the ELAM program increased by 11% this year,” says Nancy D. Spector, MD, executive director of ELAM. “To accommodate the strong pool of applicants, we expanded our class size by six to 60 fellows. The fellows come from 53 institutions around the world, including from Qatar and Pakistan.”

In order to be accepted into the program, each fellow must be nominated and supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution. ELAM continues to cultivate strong partnerships with participating institutions throughout the year-long fellowship. One aspect of this relationship is the curricular requirement to conduct an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the fellow’s dean or other senior official. These action projects are designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority. “We are extremely excited to see the impact these women will have on their institutions as they work through the ELAM curriculum and develop their action projects,” explains Spector. “The projects the fellows conduct not only help 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 changes at their institutions.”

The work for this incoming class begins in May with online assignments and community-building activities that continue through the end of the program in April 2019. Fellows begin the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the Chubb Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, on September 22, 2018.

ELAM Class of 2019

Cheryl Al-Mateen, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Thurayya Arayssi, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Carol Bennett, MD
University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Zea Borok, MD
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Sheana Bull, PhD
Colorado School of Public Health

Sharon Calaman, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

Sonia Chimienti, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Christine Daley, PhD
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Renee Edwards, MD, MBA
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine

Celeste Finnerty, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Karen Frank, MD, PhD
National Institutes of Health

Debra Furr-Holden, PhD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Maureen Gannon, PhD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Nina Gentile, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Laura Gibson, PhD
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Martha Gulati, MD, MS
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA
University of Michigan Medical School

Donna Hansel, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Toi Harris, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Rachel Hess, MD, MS
University of Utah Health Sciences

Susan Hingle, MD
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Charlotte Hobbs, MD, PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH
Duke University School of Medicine

Elizabeth Jacobs, MD
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Annette, Johnson, MD, MS
Medical College of Georgia

Stephanie Jones, MD
Harvard Medical School

Madhavi Kadakia, PhD
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Barbara Kazmierczak, MD, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine

Donna Kern, MD
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Annette Khaled, PhD
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Robyn Klein, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Mary Klingensmith, MD
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Antonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Anne Libby, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus

Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Joyce Lloyd, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Julie Lumeng, MD
University of Michigan Medical School

Ayesha Mian, MD
Aga Khan University

Lavinia Middleton, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Angela Mills, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Bhramar Mukherjee, PhD
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Wendy Nembhard, PhD, MPH
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

Cheryl O'Malley, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Sang Park, DDS, MMSc
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Leigh Patterson, MD, MAEd
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Sallie Permar, MD, PhD
Duke University School of Medicine

Jennifer Potter, PhD, MPH
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Aruna Ramesh, DMD, MS
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Tiina Reponen, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Monika Safford, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College

Erika Saunders, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Chwan-Li Shen, PhD
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Michelle Stevenson, MD, MS
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Susan Thibeault, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Alexia Torke, MD, MS
Indiana University School of Medicine

Alison Walker, MD, MPH
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Judy Yee, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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