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Welcome to ELAM

Established in 1995, The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women is the nation's only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health to move into positions of institutional leadership where they can effect positive change. Part of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, ELAM continues the institution's legacy that began with the Medical College of Pennsylvania's roots as the nation's first woman's medical school.

ELAM's year-long program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage successfully in today's complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.

VCU School of Medicine has sponsored 13 ELAM fellows. They are listed below with their current positions.

2017-2018 Elizabeth "Betsy" Ripley, M.D., M.S., RAC, Professor and Interim Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, VCU School of Medicine, and Nephrology Eminent Scholar
2009-2010 Janet Neimeier, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director, Inpatient Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Psychology Services, VCU School of Medicine
2008-2009 Joann Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Human and Molecular Genetics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, and Epidemiology and Community Health, VCU School of Medicine
2007-2008 Andrea L. Pozez, M.D., F.A.C.S., Leroy Smith Professor Chair, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine
2006-2007 Suzanne E. Barbour, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, VCU School of Medicine
2005-2006 Susan Kornstein, M.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, VCU School of Medicine; Executive Director, VCU Institute for Women’s Health Center of Excellence
2004-2005 Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D., Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, VCU School of Medicine
2003-2004 Betty Ann Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Primary Care
2002-2003 Bela Sood, M.D., Professor and Chair, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, VCUHS
2001-2002 Karen Sanders, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology; Deputy Chief, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration
2000-2001 Mary Nettleman, M.D., Currently Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Lansing, MI
1999-2000 Lisa Kaplowitz, M.D., M.S.H.A., Currently Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA
1997-1998 Roberta Sonnino, M.D., Currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Three additional ELAM Fellows have joined the VCU School of Medicine Faculty:

  • Dr. PonJola Coney, SOM Faculty Affairs and Obstetrics-Gynecology
  • Dr. Laura Siminoff, Social and Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Shumei Sun, Biostatistics