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ELAM Announces Graduation of 2012-2013 Class

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 18th class. This graduating class of fellows joins a diverse community of over 770 alumnae leaders that represent over 180 medical, dental, and public health schools from around the world.

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 and exercising leadership skills in a variety of situations and settings.

The year-long fellowship concluded in April with the capstone event, the 2013 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 and designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority.

2012-2013 ELAM graduating class

“The members of the Class of 2012-2013 came to us as strong scholars with great potential as leaders; over the course of the year, they took on each new challenge as an opportunity to expand their abilities and effectiveness as leaders,” acknowledges Diane Magrane, M.D., director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which hosts the ELAM program. “The quality of the Institutional Action Projects these fellows conducted was exceptional, and demonstrates how the lessons of ELAM and the support of executive mentors can leverage the talent of these leaders to advance projects that will have lasting impacts on their organizations and the communities they serve.”

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’s over 770 graduates currently serve in numerous leadership positions at the majority of U.S. and Canadian academic health centers, including:

  • Nine of the 20 current women deans at U.S. medical schools
  • Six of the nine women deans at U.S. dental schools
  • Two of 14 women deans at U.S. public health schools
  • In addition, four ELAM graduates are deans of U.S. graduate schools

2012-2013 ELAM Graduating Class

Aviva Abosch, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Minnesota Medical School

Marie D. Acierno, M.D.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Hanan M. Al-Kadri, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., HPE
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Julia Hope Arnsten, M.D., MPH
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Judy Lynn Aschner, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Margaret H. Baron, M.D., Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Sarah L. Berga, M.D.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Giulia Anna Bonaminio, Ph.D.
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Pamela K. Carmines, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine

Ilana Cass, M.D.
University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Janet de Groot, M.D.
University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine

Rinskje de Leeuw, DDS, Ph.D., MPH
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Debra I. Diz, Ph.D.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Kelli Bullard Dunn, M.D.
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Mercedes Falciglia, M.D.
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Leslie H. Fall, M.D.
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Marian Laura Fitzgibbon, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Medicine

Amy Fuchs, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine

Sabine Girod, M.D., DDS, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine

Evelyn V. Gopez, M.D.
University of Utah School of Medicine

Ellen M. Gravallese, M.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, M.D., MBA
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Kathryn V. Horn, M.D.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Ivonne Z. Jimenez-Velazquez, M.D.
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Donna D. Johnson, M.D.
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Diane Krause, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine

Deborah A. Kuhls, M.D.
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman, M.D.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Cheryl Taylore Lee, M.D.
University of Michigan Medical School

Catherine Marie Lynch, M.D.
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine

Monica L. Lypson, M.D., MHPE
University of Michigan Medical School

Sharmila Makhija, M.D., MBA
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Melvina McCabe, M.D.
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Susan Dianne Moffatt-Bruce, M.D., Ph.D.
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, DDS, Ph.D.
University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Elizabeth Ann Nelson, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Shawna Denise Nesbitt, M.D., M.S.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School

Melinda Mary Pettigrew, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Public Health

Judith G. Regensteiner, Ph.D.
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Brenda J.B. Roman, M.D.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Ann K. Rosenthal, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin

Kathryn Sandberg, Ph.D.
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Kathryn H. Schmitz, Ph.D., MPH
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Christie S. Seibert, M.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Caroline Helene Shiboski, DDS, MPH, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

Anne Rozen Simpson, M.D.
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Rebecca Lynn Slayton, DDS, Ph.D.
University of Washington School of Dentistry

Barbara G. Vickrey, M.D., MPH
University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Deborah Ann Wing, M.D.
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Cynthia A. Wong, M.D.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



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