Two ELAM fellows become ‘ELUMS’

Faculty members graduate from leadership program for women at Drexel University

By llie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

May 13, 2011
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The ELAM fellowship year culminates in a one-and-a-half-day forum where the fellows, along with their deans and top experts, explore a new methodology or strategy for addressing a timely issue facing academic health center leadership. Pictured are Dean Terence Flotte with Katherine Luzuriaga (left) and Julia Andrieni at the graduation that follows the forum.


Earlier this month, Julia D. Andrieni, MD, associate professor and vice chair of the department of medicine and chief of the division of general internal medicine, and Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics, chief of the division of pediatric immunology, infectious diseases and rheumatology, and associate provost for Global Health, finished their fellowship year in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. ELAM is the nation’s only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine and dentistry to affect positive change. 

“The 2010-2011 class was exceptional,” acknowledges Diane Magrane, MD, director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which hosts the ELAM program. “The high quality of the Institutional Action Projects these fellows conducted demonstrates the knowledge gained of the depth and breadth of the challenges facing academic health centers, and the skills that a leader must possess to meet these challenges.” 

Since joining UMMS in 2006, Dr. Andrieni has been active in numerous roles, both administrative and educational, through which she has demonstrated vision and leadership capabilities and a dedication to developing coordinated clinical care models for the optimal delivery of primary care to patients throughout the region. Andrieni was recently named the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine, a three-year professorship that rewards female faculty leaders in medical education, research, patient care and community service. Dr. Luzuriaga joined the UMMS faculty in 1990 and is widely recognized for her work in developing protocols to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child in developing countries; she is the founding director of the Office of Global Health. 

ELAM fellowships are awarded following an in-depth application process, a key component of which is a detailed description of how the applicant’s institution will support her participation from the highest level. Held both here and in residence at Drexel, the curriculum features small group workshops that build camaraderie and support among participants as it focuses on the skills, perspective and knowledge required to lead and manage effectively in today’s complex academic health center environment. The program year culminates in a one-and-a-half-day forum where the fellows, along with their deans and top experts, explore a new methodology or strategy for addressing a timely issue facing academic health center leadership. 

The graduation ceremony coincided with the announcement of the newest ELAM fellow, Jean King, PhD, professor of psychiatry and vice chair of psychiatry research, who becomes the eighth UMMS participant in this prestigious program. 

Andrieni and Luzuriaga join fellow UMMS Elums Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, associate dean for clinical & translational research; and Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, as well as Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs, and Julia V. Johnson, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, who served as a fellow while at the University of Vermont. Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, who joined UMMS this month, is also an Elum. 

Related links: 

Jean King named latest ELAM fellow 
Two at UMMS selected for executive leadership in academic medicine fellowship 
New Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine named