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ELAM and ELH Announce Graduation of 2023 Class

May 9, 2023

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program at Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the graduation of its 28th class. The graduating class included 72 ELAM fellows and 24 fellows of the inaugural class of Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELH), from a total of 81 institutions. They join a diverse alumnae community of more than 1,300 highly accomplished leaders that represent 300 medical, dental, public health and pharmacy schools from around the world.

2023 ELAM and ELH program graduating fellows

As the graduation speaker, Julie Freischlag, MD, ELAM ’97, the chief academic officer and executive vice president of Advocate Health, chief executive officer of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and executive vice president for health affairs of Wake Forest University, celebrated the class’s achievements at the Sheraton in Philadelphia, at a ceremony where the fellows were accompanied by their deans, other senior officials and national leaders.

The fellowship concluded with the capstone event, the 2023 Leaders Forum. This event, which brought together the fellows and their deans or other senior officials, featured a poster symposium highlighting the fellows’ Institutional Action Projects. These projects were conducted at their home institutions in coordination with their deans and other senior leadership, and were designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority.

“We are so proud of the Class of 2023 and our first class of ELH fellows” said Nancy D. Spector, MD, executive director of ELAM. “It was wonderful to witness not only their professional growth as leaders, but also the support for their classmates. The quality and impact of their IAPs is a testament to the capability of the members of this class to enact powerful systemic change at their home institutions and beyond.”

ELAM’s mission is to increase the number and impact of women in senior academic leadership positions. From there, these new appointments will help change the culture of academic health organizations in becoming more accepting of different perspectives and more responsive to societal needs and expectations. ELAM, established in 1995, is the only longitudinal program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. The intensive year-long 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 and exercising leadership skills in a variety of situations and settings. ELH is targeted to rising women at the equivalent of the associate professor level who are established experts in their domain with program-level leadership, institutional-level responsibilities (operational or strategic management), and aspirations to executive-level health system roles. ELAM and ELH alumnae serve in a variety of leadership positions including department chairs, research center directors, deans, college presidents and provosts, as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.

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ELAM Class of 2022-2023

Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD, MS
Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Director, Community Outreach, Engagement and Equity
Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine

Laura Alonso, MD
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Director, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Center for Metabolic Health
Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

Lisa Auerbach, MD, MS, HPEd
Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum
Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Education
CUNY School of Medicine

Leah Backhus, MD, MPH
Department Wellness Director, Stanford Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Program Director, Co-Director, Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research Program
Associate Professor of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine

Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS
Director, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Professor of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Melissa Bauman, PhD
Director of Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS)
Associate Director, UC Davis Conte Center; Associate Director, MIND Institute IDDRC
Professor of Psychiatry
University of California Davis Health System

Mara Becker, MD, MSCE
Vice Dean for Faculty
Professor of Pediatrics; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, with tenure
Duke University School of Medicine

Rinad Beidas, PhD
Chair, Medical Social Science
Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ghada Bourjeily, MD, MA
Director of Research for Women's Services; Associate Chief for Academic Advancement for Women's Services
Professor of Medicine
Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD
Senior Dean of Faculty
Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development
Medical Care Line Executive (Chief of Medicine)
The Mary and Gordon Cain Chair in Cardiology
Director of Winters Center for Heart Failure Research
Vice-Chair Department of Medicine; Associate Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute
Baylor College of Medicine

Diane Chico, PhD
Department Head, Department of Medical Education
Instructional Professor of Medical Education
Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Heather Clauss, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Vice Section Chief, Infectious Diseases; Professor of Clinical Medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Molly Conroy, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine

Katherine Coyner, MD
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Research Director
Associate Sports Medicine Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Team Surgeon
University of Connecticut

Clara Curiel, MD
Chief, Division of Dermatology
Co-Director, Skin Cancer Institute
Professor of Medicine, Dermatology
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Suzanne Danhauer, PhD
Director, Faculty Well-Being & Resilience, Office of Faculty Affairs
Vice Chair, Social Sciences & Health Policy
Associate Director for Research, Center for Integrative Medicine
Professor, Social Sciences & Health Policy
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Tracy de Peralta, DMD, PhD, MClinEd
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Innovation
Tenured Associate Professor of Dental Medicine
University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine

Lou Edje, MD, MHPE
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Professor, Department of Medical Education
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Designated Institutional Official
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Felicity Enders, PhD, MPH
Co-principal investigator and Associate Director
Professor of Biostatistics
Mayo Clinic

Dana Farabaugh, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Education
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Drexel University College of Medicine

Ruth Farrell, MD, MA
Chair, Research Compliance Committee
Vice Chair of Research
Professor of OB/GYN and Reproductive Biology
Associate Director, KL2 Scholar Program
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Rose Fernandez, MD
Director of Research
Vice Chair of Faculty Development
Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine

Dee Ford, MD
Division Director - Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine
Program Director, National Telehealth Center of Excellence
Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Janna Friedly, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Wound, Ostomy and Limb Preservation Services
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington

Karen Friedman, MD, MS
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Vice Chair for Education
Lawrence Scherr MD Endowed Professor of Medical Education
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Meg Frizzola, DO
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University

Monika Goyal, MD, MSCE
Endowed Chair, Women in Science and Health (WISH)
Associate Chief, Director of Academic Affairs and Research, Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor (with tenure)
Children's National Medical Center

Libby Grubbs, MD
Deputy Department Chair
Deputy Director of Education
Professor of Surgical Oncology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chanita Halbert, PhD
Vice Chair for Research
Associate Director for Cancer Equity
Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

April Hartman, MD
Division Chief, General Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Medical Director, Pediatric Ambulatory Services
Vice Chair of Diversity
Dorothy Hahn Endowed Chair for Pediatrics; Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Elizabeth Jackson, MD, MPH
Director, Cardiovascular Outcomes and Effectiveness Research (COER) Program
Interim Director, Division of Cardiovascular Disease
Interim Co-Director, Cardiovascular Institute; Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

Angela Jefferson, PhD
Director, Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center
Director, Jefferson Laboratory of Cognitive Aging
Professor, Department of Neurology, Medicine, and Psychology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Ruth Keri, PhD
Co-Chair, Cancer Impact Area
Co-Director, Breast Cancer Center of Excellence
Associate Director for Basic Research
Staff (equivalent to full professor), Department of Cancer Biology
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine
Professor, Department of Oncology
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Vidya Kidambi, MD, MS
Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine
Medical Director for TOPS Center for Metabolic Research; Associate Professor of Medicine – Endocrinology Medical College of Wisconsin

KMarie King, MD, MS, MBA
Chief of Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Albany Medical College

Colleen Kraft, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Section Director, Microbiology
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Department of Infectious Disease
Emory University School of Medicine

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH
Director, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Pediatrics
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Daniela Ladner, MD, MPH
Director of Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC)
Vice Chair, Research and Innovation, Department of Surgery
Associate Surgical Director Liver Transplantation & Hepatobiliary Surgery
John Benjamin Murphy Professor of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kara Laing, MD
Chair, Discipline of Oncology
Professor of Oncology
Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine

Anne Larkin, MD, FACS
Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs
Director, Accreditation
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
UMass Chan Medical School

Kelsey Logan, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Sports Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Nathalie May, MD
Chief Quality Officer; Medical Director Internal Medicine Faculty Practice
Associate Professor of Medicine
Sub-I Director
Drexel University College of Medicine

Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH
Ralph M. Waters Distinguished Chair in Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Laxmi Mehta, MD
Sarah Ross Soter Endowed Chair in Women's Cardiovascular Health
Section Director, Preventative Cardiology and Women's Cardiovascular Health
Director of Lipid Clinics
Vice Chair of Wellness, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Board Member, Ohio State Health Accountable Care Organization
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Tracey Milligan, MD
Chair, Department of Neurology
Visiting Professor of Neurology
Professor of Neurology (with Tenure)
Program Director
New York Medical College

Nikita Mirajkar, PhD
Associate Dean for Curricular Execution, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus

Anna Moore, PhD
Director, Precision Health Program
Assistant Dean, Precision Health
Professor of Radiology and Physiology
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Jeanette Morrison, MD
Executive Vice Dean for Chicago Medical School
Vice Dean for Medical Education
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Radha Nandagopal, MD
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Education Director, Clinical Skills
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Flavia Nobay, MD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Office of Medical Education
Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Sung-Yun Pai, MD
Chief, Immune Deficiency Cellular Therapy Program
Medical Director, NIH Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Clinical Program; Senior Investigator
National Institutes of Health

Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Radiology
Chief of Radiology Services
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Nancy Pandhi, MD, MPH, PhD
Director of Community Engaged Primary Care Innovation Scholarship
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Director Clinical Translational Sciences Center
Professor (with tenure), Family and Community Medicine
Faculty Affiliate for Community Engaged Scholarship
University of New Mexico Health Science Center

Sara Pasquali, MD, MHS
Service Chief, Pediatric Cardiology
Co-Director, Cardiac Networks United
Janette Ferrantino Professor of Pediatrics
University of Michigan Medical School

Priscilla Pemu, MD
Associate Dean Clinical Research
Chair Research and Education, Centralized Care Coordination Team
Director, Clinical Research Center
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine

Flavia Pirih, DDS, PhD
Tarrson Family Endowed Chair in Periodontics
Associate Professor of Periodontics
Associate Professor of Oral Biology
University of California, Los Angeles

Kristen Plastino, PharmD, MD
Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee
Medical Director, Women's & Children's Hospital
Medical Director, Teen Health Clinic
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Ob/Gyn
Tenured Professor of Ob/Gyn
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Erin Pukenas, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Vice Chair and Vice Chief of Administrative Affairs
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Elizabeth Rebello, MD
Chair, Faculty Mentoring Committee
Co-Chair, Faculty Development Committee
Associate Director, Office of Women Faculty and Minority Inclusion
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Heather Schacht Reisinger, PhD
Director, Office of Rural Health Center for the Evaluation of Enterprise-Wide Initiatives
Core Investigator, Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE)
Associate Director for Engagement, Integration, and Implementation, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Christine Riedy Murphy, PhD, MPH
Department Chair of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Cynthia Rogers, MD
Co-Director Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry (Child)
Washington University School of Medicine

Tamara Rozental, MD
Chief, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Program Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Lauren Sansing, MD, MS
Academic Chief, Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Co-Director, Yale Investigative Neurology Program (R25)
Associate Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Neurology; Associate Professor of Neurology and Immunobiology
Yale University School of Medicine

Yael Schenker, MD, MAS
Director, Palliative Research Center (PaRC)
Associate Director for Research Education, Training and Career Development
Professor of Medicine with Tenure
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Irini Sereti, MD, MHS
Chief of HIV Pathogenesis Section
Senior Investigator
National Institutes of Health

Maria Sheakley, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Success
Professor of Physiology
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Liana Tsikitis, MD, MCR, MBA
Division Head, Division of GI and General Surgery
Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
Oregon Health and Science University

Monnie Wasse, MD, MPH
Vice Chair, Clinical Operations
Division Chief
Muehrcke Family Professor of Nephrology
Rush University Medical Center

Stephanie White, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Rebecca Wilcox, MD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Vice Chair for Education
Professor of Pathology
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

Ashley Wysong, MD, MS
Founding Chair, Department of Dermatology
Chief of Dermatology, Omaha Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Director, Skin Cancer Program
Professor with Tenure, Department of Dermatology
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pathology & Microbiology, Epidemiology, and Otalaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
University of Nebraska

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ELH Class of 2022-2023

Debbie Aizenberg, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Ambulatory Care; Chair of Otolaryngology Finance Committee; Access Medical Director for UC Davis Health; Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery University of California Davis Health System

Erica Bisson, MD
Executive Medical Officer; Director, Spine Fellowship; Vice Chair Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Professor of Neurosurgery; Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics; President, University of Utah Medical Board
University of Utah School of Medicine

Holly Boyer, MD
Vice President, Customer Solutions Center
Executive Medical Director, M Physicians
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
University of Minnesota Medical School

Lynn Cabral, MD
Assistant Dean of Medical Education, Years 3&4
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hospitalist
Albany Medical College

Teena Chopra, MD, MPH
Chair, Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology Fellowship
Chair, Medical Student Interest Group, Infectious Diseases
Corporate Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiolog
Co-Director, Center for Emerging Infections
Corporate Medical Director, Antibiotic Stewardship; Professor of Infectious Diseases; Faculty, Department of Family Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc
Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair in Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery; Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Guang Fan, MD, PhD
Associate Director of Clinical Laboratory; Professor
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Andrea Fernandez, MD
Regional Chief Medical Officer
Professor, General Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Anna Flattau, MD, MSc, MS
Vice President for Primary Care Services; Alumni Professor and Chair, Family and Community Medicine; Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University

Marissa Galicia-Castillo, MD
John Franklin Chair of Geriatrics; Director, Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Harminder Grewal, MD, MBBS, DGO
Site Director, Syracuse VA Medical Center, SUNY Upstate Family Medicine Residency Program
Women's Health Medical Director
Whole Health Clinical Director and Chief of Service Vice Chair of Medical Student Education
Clinical Associate Professor
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Patricia Hametz, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Senior Medical Director
Interim Medical Director, Pediatric Quality and Safety; Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Miriam Hoffman, MD
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics
Co-Chair, Mass General Brigham Palliative Care Collaborative; Co-Director, Center for Palliative Care
Harvard Medical School

Meredith Lind, MD
Surgical Director of Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Section, Otolaryngology Residency
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Liz Nichols, MD
Clinical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology; Medical Director
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD
Director of Orthopaedic Internship
Director of Orthopaedic Trauma Research
Vice Chair of Quality, Orthopaedics
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Vidya Raman, MD, MBA
Senior Executive Director, Faculty Mentoring and Clinical Guidelines Management
Professor of Pediatric Anesthesia
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Deanna Sasaki-Adams, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD
Vice President of Cancer Clinical Affairs
Chief Quality Officer, Tisch Cancer Center
Chief Medical Officer; Associate Director Community, Outreach and Engagement
Professor of Medicine; Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Becky Smith, MD
Medical Director, Duke University Hospital Infection Prevention & Hospital Epidemiology
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Duke University Medical Center

Shubhika Srivastava, MD
Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of Cardiac Center; Professor of Pediatrics
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University

Jennifer Takagishi, MD
Division Chief, General Academic Pediatrics; Professor of Pediatrics
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine

Stacey Watt, MD, MBA, MHPE
Chief of Service, Department of Anesthesiology at Kaleida Health
Interim Chair of Department of Anesthesiology
Program Director, Anesthesiology Residency Program Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Buffalo State University of New York

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