Lunchtime Seminar Series


seminar

FOCUS sponsors a Lunchtime Seminar Series that covers topics related to:

  • women's health research
  • professional development for academic physicians
  • current medical issues ("hot topics" in health care)

This interactive one-hour format provides School of Medicine faculty with diverse perspectives on a variety of medical and career development topics; offers opportunities for faculty presentations to Penn colleagues from multiple departments and with various areas of academic expertise; and promotes networking within the School of Medicine, the Hospital, and across the University. The Seminar Series is popular and well-attended by men and women faculty.

Afaf and facultySessions on women's health research are presented by multidisciplinary speakers with expertise in a variety of women's health issues including, e.g., breast cancer, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, lung cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The portion of the Series devoted to professional development includes such topics as time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, managing a laboratory, balancing work and family, presentation skills, financial planning, mentoring, writing for publication, and "promotion 101." Finally, a host of timely, controversial medical topics are presented in what is essentially a "Grand Rounds" for the Medical School. These sessions include such topics as concerns about the avian flu epidemic; the complexities of coping with medical malpractice; how to reduce the number of uninsured while balancing cost issues; the effects of sleep deficit; and autism spectrum disorder, to list a few.

Presenters generally include faculty from the School of Medicine as well as from other Schools across the University. Speakers may include anthropologists, bioethicists, economists, lawyers, medical historians, sociologists, psychologists, as well as physicians and researchers, all of whom offer fresh perspective to a broad range of medical and professional development topics.

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2016 - 2017 Current Seminar Series

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*Note: FOCUS is in the process of planning additional presentations for the Seminar Series so please check here for updates.


OCTOBER 7, 2016 (Friday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Michael X. Delli Carpini, PhD
Walter H. Annenberg Dean
Professor of Communication
Annenberg School for Communication

Democracy at a Crossroad: Media, Politics, and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

The past several decades have witnessed profound changes in the public information environment – changes that have affected all aspects of society, including the ways in which election campaigns are conducted. Many of these changes have been gradual and cumulative, often going unnoticed by all but political insiders and the highly attentive public. The 2016 presidential election appears different, marking a sharp break from the past and challenging professional and scholarly knowledge about the nature of campaigns. In my talk I will review these changes, discuss how they have influenced the campaign process over time, and how the 2016 presidential campaign may signal a watershed moment with major implications for the nature of democracy.

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BIO: Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1975) and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1980). Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in July of 2003, Professor Delli Carpini was Director of the Public Policy program of the Pew Charitable Trusts (1999-2003), and member of the Political Science Department at Barnard College and graduate faculty of Columbia University (1987-2002), serving as chair of the Barnard department from 1995 to 1999. Delli Carpini began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University (1980-1987). His research explores the role of the citizen in American politics, with particular emphasis on the impact of the mass media on public opinion, political knowledge and political participation. He is author of Stability and Change in American Politics: The Coming of Age of the Generation of the 1960s (New York University Press, 1986), What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters (Yale University Press, 1996 and winner of the 2008 American Association of Public Opinion Researchers Book Award), A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life and the Changing American Citizen (Oxford University Press, 2006), Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and with Bruce Williams, After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment (Cambridge, 2011), as well as numerous articles, essays and edited volumes on political communications, public opinion and political socialization.



OCTOBER 18, 2016 (Tuesday)
, 5:00 - 7:30 PM, Location: Room 504, 5th floor, Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Envisioning the Later Phase of Your Career: 'Reunion'

NOTE: This is a follow-up from last semester's 3-part workshop, which required pre-registration for all three sessions so only participants from these workshops are invited to attend.

BIOS: Stephanie Abbuhl MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in 2004-2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn and, over the years, has served in several leadership positions including Interim Chair, Medical Director for 14 years, Fellowship Director, and Vice Chair since 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine at Penn Med for over 30 years. Dr. Abbuhl’s primary research interests include establishing evidence-based best practices for faculty development (men and women) and investigating gender issues surrounding career advancement in medicine and science. She has also done research in Emergency Medicine, primarily on operational issues. She has over 100 publications to her credit and serves as a peer reviewer for emergency medicine and internal medicine journals. Dr. Abbuhl’s honors include: AOA (1980); the Bryce Collier Prize for Compassion in Medicine (1980); the American Medical Women’s Association Award (1980); Excellence in Teaching Award (1992); Philadelphia Magazine’s "Top Doc" award (1994, 1996); the Lenore Rowe Williams Award from the University of Pennsylvania (2003); and the Emergency Medicine Residency Mentorship Award (2003, 2010, 2012). In addition, Dr. Abbuhl received the 2012 AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, a national honor in recognition of her research and programmatic work on faculty development and promoting women’s biomedical careers. She also won the 2013 Trustees’ Council of Penn Women-Provost Award at Penn for her leadership in advancing women faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Abbuhl was honored to receive the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, one of the annual Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has been the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a unique faculty development program funded by the Dean to recruit, retain and advance women faculty and to promote women’s health research. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the AAMC’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl’s experience with numerous innovative FOCUS initiatives led to a joint-PI collaboration with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Since 2013, along with a team of multidisciplinary Penn colleagues, Dr. Abbuhl has developed a Penn Pathways career-leadership program for men and women assistant professors in the STEM fields at the request of the Penn Vice-Provost for the Faculty.

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.



DECEMBER 13, 2016 (Tuesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floo, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

David B. Roth, MD, PhD
Simon Flexner Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Penn Center for Precision Medicine

Penn Center for Precision Medicine

The talk will give an overview of Penn's new Center for Precision Medicine and activities in the precision medicine space at Penn Medicine. Comments, ideas, and suggestions from the audience will be welcome.

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BIO: David Roth went to Rice University, on a music scholarship, and then decided to become a cancer researcher after becoming aware of the revolution in molecular biology occurring in the 1970s. He obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Baylor College of Medicine and completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the National Cancer Institute, where he served as a Lt. Commander in the Public Health Service. He then trained as a postdoctoral research scientist with Martin Gellert, one of the pioneers of modern molecular biology. Roth joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in 1993, where he rose through the ranks to become a Professor and an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He moved to New York University in 2001, where he served as Chair of the Department of Pathology and Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 to take the Chairmanship of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, one of the nation’s premier Pathology departments and currently the number one such department in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Roth founded the Center for Personalized Diagnostics, which was developed to bring new diagnostics to cancer patients based on next generation sequencing. Since opening its doors for clinical testing two years ago, the Center has performed advanced diagnostics on over 5000 Penn cancer patients. This was an early example of Precision Medicine at Penn. In 2016, Roth was named the Director of the Penn Center for Precision Medicine.



JANUARY 27, 2017 (Friday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, BS/MS
Director, Shelter Animal Medicine and Community Engagement
Staff Veterinarian, Ryan Hospital
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Changing Minds Through Outreach:
A look at the Veterinary Science Initiative as an effective way to engage the public in science through humane education in a comprehensive community approach

Learn about the latest research in producing changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in your community through humane education and how this can be used to benefit animals, people, and shelters. Topics will include: an overview of the Veterinary Science Initiative program, research results from the dissertation, and what this means for how the field of shelter medicine approaches humane education and community outreach to collaboratively improve high school educational opportunities.

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BIO: Dr. Brittany Watson is the Director of Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She currently manages medical, surgical, and educational training of veterinary students through electives and primary care, shelter medicine rotations and courses, and community outreach initiatives. Course techniques involve integrating community needs, best teaching practices, and organizational leadership strategies. Penn Vet’s shelter medicine program completes over 4000 surgeries per year and partners with all major sheltering organizations in the city of Philadelphia. She also involves veterinary students in authentic learning experiences including continuing education to shelters, outreach to middle school classrooms, and after-school pipeline programs in conjunction with the medical school. Dr. Watson was previously the Veterinary Director of Continuing Education Initiatives at Charleston Animal Society (CAS). During her time at CAS, she worked with the education department to develop the veterinary camp curriculum, Shadowing at the Shelter program, and VSI: Veterinary Science Initiative. She received her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation focused on evidence-based humane education programs and proving changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior from the VSI Program.



FEBRUARY 1, 2017 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 12th Floor, Seminar Room -- SCTR 12-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Special Event Reserved for Women Faculty
(please note evening hour)

Guest Panelists:

Olivia S. Mitchell PhD
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor
Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Professor of Insurance and Risk Management
Executive Director, Pension Research Council

Margaret E. W. Sager Esq
Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, P.C.

Women & Money:
How to Grow It, Stretch It, & Have It Last a Lifetime and Beyond

Because women live longer than men, they often fail to plan adequately for what they hope will be their "golden years." Furthermore, despite taking care of their families day in and day out, they often neglect to address how they will provide for their families upon death. This discussion will cover topics that women should focus on now to build a successful financial foundation for the future and formulate an estate plan that reflects their wishes. Professor Olivia S. Mitchell from the Wharton School and private practice attorney Margaret E. W. Sager will help you understand these issues and prepare you to plan for your financial wellbeing for your lifetime and beyond.

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BIOS: Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor and Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Concurrently Dr. Mitchell serves as NBER Research Associate; Independent Director on the Wells Fargo Advantage Fund Trusts Board; Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan; Member of the Executive Board for the Michigan Retirement Research Center; and Senior Scholar of the Centre for Silver Security at the Sim Ki Boon Institute of Singapore Management University. Her recent research explores how systematic longevity risk and financial crises can shape household portfolios and work patterns over the life cycle, the economics and finance of defined contribution pensions, financial literacy and wealth accumulation, and claiming behavior for Social Security benefits. She has published over 220 books and articles, and she works regularly in Latin America, Europe, and Australasia, as well as in the US. Dr. Mitchell received the Fidelity Pyramid Prize for research improving lifelong financial well-being; the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession; and the Roger F. Murray First Prize from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance. She was also honored with the Premio Internazionale Dell'Istituto Nazionale Delle Assicurazioni (INA) from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. Her study of Social Security reform won the Paul Samuelson Award for “Outstanding Writing on Lifelong Financial Security” from TIAA-CREF. She received the MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the BA in Economics from Harvard University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, having lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, and Australasia.

Margaret E. W. Sager received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond in 1982 and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. She was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 1980. Her law practice includes estate planning for high-net worth individuals, trust and estate administration, fiduciary litigation and related dispute resolution, guardianships of incapacitated persons and charitable giving. Margaret is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics involving estates and trusts, including, trust modification and change of trust situs, fiduciary litigation, alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), the compensation of attorneys and fiduciaries, total return trusts, guardianships of incapacitated persons and donor charitable intent. She speaks at professional association meetings, women's groups, bar association events and universities. She has been a frequent speaker at American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ("ACTEC") meetings, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Executive Education Program, Cannon Financial Institute's Estate Planning Teleconference Series and Pennsylvania Bar Institute programs. Margaret has also spoken at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning and the Delaware Bankers Association Delaware Trust Conference. In addition to her active fiduciary litigation practice, Margaret acts as a mediator to help other parties and their counsel resolve disputes privately, and without the cost and delay often associated with the judicial process. She has completed the ACTEC 40 hour "Effective Probate Mediation Training" program, and served for several years as a member of the ACTEC Arbitration Task Force, which produced a report and recommendations on the use of arbitration in trust and estate matters. Margaret is the author of a number of publications, including "Attorneys' Fees, Fiduciary Commissions and Costs," which is the leading Pennsylvania compendium on those issues related to trusts, estates and guardianships, as well as "Guardianships of Incapacitated Persons," the leading Pennsylvania compendium on that area of the law (which was the basis for the guardianship chapter in Elder Law in Pennsylvania (Fourth Edition) published in 2015 by The Pennsylvania Bar Institute). Margaret was previously been selected by Worth Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Attorneys" nationwide practicing in the fields of trusts and estates, philanthropy, elder care and other private practice areas, and for many years has been named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine, including as a "Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers." Margaret has also been listed as one of the leading trust and estate attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America and The Legal Intelligencer's "Women in the Profession" edition featuring "Women Leaders" in Pennsylvania. She has received the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Margaret is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ("ACTEC"), where she is a member of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee (as to which she is a past Chair) and the State Laws Committee, a Regent, and a Director of the ACTEC Foundation. Margaret is a past Chair of the Probate & Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as the Section's Rules and Practice Committee. Her professional memberships include the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Montgomery and Philadelphia Bar Associations. Margaret is particularly interested in open space and historical conservation issues.


FEBRUARY 3, 2017 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Judd D. Flesch, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Associate Director, Program for LGBT Health
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca L. Hirsh, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Hematology-Oncology
Director of Inpatient Oncology Services
Associate Director, Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Providing Culturally Competent Care to LGBT Patients

While the majority of medical issues facing LGBT patients are no different than those facing cisgender heterosexual patients, disparities in both access to care and health outcomes persist. This session will explore historical reasons that contribute to stigma for LGBT patients; the disparities that have resulted; and ways to reduce or eliminate the disparities. Discussion will surround challenges to providing culturally competent care at Penn and beyond, as well as strategies to overcome those challenges.

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BIOS: Judd D. Flesch is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care. He serves as an Associate Director of the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health, and has an interest in the climate for LGBT medical trainees and educating trainees, faculty, and other providers in the care of LGBT patients. He also serves as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Site Director for the Residency Program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC). Dr. Flesch’s clinical interests include consultative pulmonology and respiratory failure. He attends on the General Medicine Service, the Pulmonary Consultation Service, and the Medical Intensive Care Unit at PPMC.

Rebecca Hirsh graduated from Brown University and Brown Medical School. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Miriam Hospital followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Hirsh joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She currently serves as the Director of Inpatient Oncology Services in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Hirsh's clinical expertise is in hematologic malignancies. She formerly served as the Chair of the Montgomery County Adolescent HIV/AIDS Taskforce and Director of Lutheran Children and Family Services HIV Peer Education Program.



FEBRUARY 10, 2017 (Friday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Brendan G. Carr, MD, MA, MS
Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University
Associate Dean, Healthcare Delivery Innovation, Thomas Jefferson University

Community and Population Health from the Emergency Department's Perspective

The Institute of Medicine has criticized healthcare for narrowly defining community and population health “as the patient panel or group of covered lives (i.e. individuals insured)," suggesting instead that community and population health be defined as “the health of all persons living in a specified geopolitical area.” In this talk, we will discuss the emergency department as a window into a broader definition of community and population health.

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BIO: Brendan G. Carr is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He currently serves as the Director of the Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC) in the US Department of Health & Human Services. The ECCC is charged with creating an emergency care system that is patient- and community-centered, integrated into the broader healthcare system, high quality, and prepared to respond in times of public health emergencies. He maintains a funded research portfolio and remains clinically active taking care of patients in the emergency department at Jefferson during his clinical service. Dr. Carr completed medical school at Temple University and completed residency in emergency medicine, fellowship in trauma & surgical critical care, and a MS in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Carr’s research portfolio has primarily focused on the association between system design and outcomes for emergency care. He has applied his systems perspective to study the care of patients with trauma, stroke, cardiac arrest, and sepsis. He has received federal grant funding to perform this work, has written more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, and is considered an expert in regional systems of emergency and trauma care. In his federal role, he works to integrate the emergency care system into the broader healthcare delivery system through interactions with health information technology, quality measurement, consumer transparency, the exploration of financial incentives, and the use of novel delivery system solutions including community paramedicine and telemedicine. Dr. Carr is married to Sarah Winters, a primary care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and they have three energetic boys. He lives in West Philadelphia and Washington DC.


NOTE: This 3-part evening workshop required pre-registration for all three sessions soon after it was announced and has already been filled.

Using the Past to Inform the Future –Taking a Proactive Approach to Your Next Life Phase

Approaching the last ~ten years of a career in academic medicine offers an opportunity to develop a future with new rewards and fulfillment. It can, however, be challenging to allow yourself the time to pause and focus on developing a vision that takes full advantage of your accomplishments while pruning responsibilities that are no longer energizing. FOCUS is offering a 3-session program for senior women faculty (in all four fulltime tracks) to provide an opportunity to reimagine and plan your career/life pathway for the next ten years. The program combines self-reflection and peer group work to advance each participant’s unique vision for this final stage of career

(#1 of a three-session program) FEBRUARY 23, 2017 (Thursday), 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Jordan 504 Teaching Room, 5th floor, Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 3400 Civic Center Boulevard

(#2 of a three-session program) MARCH 16, 2017 (Thursday), 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Jordan 504 Teaching Room, 5th floor, Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 3400 Civic Center Boulevard

(#3 of a three-session program) APRIL 20, 2017 (Thursday), 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Jordan 504 Teaching Room, 5th floor, Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

BIOS: Stephanie Abbuhl MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in 2004-2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn and, over the years, has served in several leadership positions including Interim Chair, Medical Director for 14 years, Fellowship Director, and Vice Chair since 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine at Penn Med for over 30 years. Dr. Abbuhl’s primary research interests include establishing evidence-based best practices for faculty development (men and women) and investigating gender issues surrounding career advancement in medicine and science. She has also done research in Emergency Medicine, primarily on operational issues. She has over 100 publications to her credit and serves as a peer reviewer for emergency medicine and internal medicine journals. Dr. Abbuhl’s honors include: AOA (1980); the Bryce Collier Prize for Compassion in Medicine (1980); the American Medical Women’s Association Award (1980); Excellence in Teaching Award (1992); Philadelphia Magazine’s "Top Doc" award (1994, 1996); the Lenore Rowe Williams Award from the University of Pennsylvania (2003); and the Emergency Medicine Residency Mentorship Award (2003, 2010, 2012). In addition, Dr. Abbuhl received the 2012 AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, a national honor in recognition of her research and programmatic work on faculty development and promoting women’s biomedical careers. She also won the 2013 Trustees’ Council of Penn Women-Provost Award at Penn for her leadership in advancing women faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Abbuhl was honored to receive the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, one of the annual Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has been the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a unique faculty development program funded by the Dean to recruit, retain and advance women faculty and to promote women’s health research. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the AAMC’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl’s experience with numerous innovative FOCUS initiatives led to a joint-PI collaboration with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Since 2013, along with a team of multidisciplinary Penn colleagues, Dr. Abbuhl has developed a Penn Pathways career-leadership program for men and women assistant professors in the STEM fields at the request of the Penn Vice-Provost for the Faculty.

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.


FEBRUARY 28, 2017 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Nadia Dowshen, MD, MSHP
Director of Adolescent HIV Services,
Co-Director, Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic
Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine
Faculty, PolicyLab
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Towards Improved Health Outcomes for Young Transgender Women Living with or At-risk for HIV:
Supporting Youth through Clinical Care and Research

Dr. Dowshen will discuss her experiences in developing a clinical program to serve the needs of young transgender women living with and at-risk for HIV. She will also review data from multiple sources, including several studies her team has completed, highlighting challenges and opportunities for this marginalized and often overlooked population of youth.

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BIO: Nadia Dowshen is a faculty member at PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition to specialized care for youth living with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Dowshen also provides general adolescent medical care at CHOP and Covenant House, PA, a youth shelter located in Philadelphia. She recently co-founded the CHOP Sexuality and Gender Development Clinic which now provides medical and psychosocial support to more than 450 gender variant children and adolescents.Dr. Dowshen’s research focuses on using youth-friendly technology to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy and improve other health outcomes for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. She is also interested more broadly in research around issues of STD and HIV prevention and treatment as well as achieving health equity for other marginalized youth including LGBT and homeless adolescents. Dr. Dowshen received the 2010 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Investigator Award for her research identifying protective factors against HIV infection among transgender youth. She was recently named an NIH Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) Scholar and a Best Young Investigator by the National Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR). She was also recently selected as a University of Pennsylvania Community Scholar-in-Residence for Project SHINE (Supporting Health Identities for Gender Variant Youth) which focuses on better defining health needs, strengths and challenges of gender non-conforming children and adolescents. Dr. Dowshen also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sexual Information and Education Council of the United States, a national non-profit which promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates for the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices.



MARCH 6, 2017 (Monday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Aimee S. Payne, MD, PhD
Albert M. Kligman Associate Professor
Department of Dermatology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Pemphigus: A Rare Disease, A Rare Opportunity

Dr. Payne will discuss how studies on the pathophysiology, B cell repertoire cloning, and therapy of pemphigus established pemphigus as an ideal model for understanding and developing new therapies for human autoimmunity, including recent studies to re-engineer chimeric antigen receptor technology for autoimmune disease therapy.

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BIO: Dr. Payne is the Albert M. Kligman Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine. Her career interest has been in pemphigus: diagnosing and treating patients with this potentially fatal autoimmune disease, and performing research to better understand disease, with the goal of improving therapy. Dr. Payne received her BS in Biology from Stanford University and her MD/PhD from Washington University School of Medicine, followed by residency and postdoctoral fellowship training in Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has focused on three major areas of investigation: 1) cloning and characterization of B cell repertoires to understand how autoimmunity occurs in pemphigus, which has discovered common features of the B cell response among patients; 2) cell biologic studies to identify mechanisms for loss of cell adhesion; and 3) patient-oriented research to improve pemphigus therapy, which has led to novel strategies for targeted therapy of disease. Dr. Payne’s work has been recognized with the American Academy of Dermatology Young Investigator Award, the Dermatology Foundation Charles and Daneen Stiefel Autoimmune Disease Scholar Award, the Sanofi Innovation Award, and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Payne is active in the International Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation patient group and is a member of an international committee of physicians that has developed consensus definitions and disease activity instruments for use in clinical trials. At Penn, Dr. Payne serves as Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and faculty advisor for the Association of Women Student MD-PhDs (AWSM), through which she enjoys interacting with the larger physician-scientist community.


MARCH 15, 2017 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Anuja Dokras MD, PhD
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center
Director, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Program, Penn Fertility Care
Medical Director, Reproductive Surgical Facility
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Preimplantation Genetic Screening: The Future is Here

Dr. Dokras will discuss the innovative developments in reproductive and molecular biology that have made preimplantation genetic diagnosis a clinical tool as well as discuss the social implications of these developments.

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BIO: Dr. Anuja Dokras received her medical degree from the University of Bombay, India. She received the Rhodes scholarship in 1988 and obtained a PhD from University of Oxford, UK. Her PhD thesis focused on development of novel techniques for preimplantation genetic diagnosis which are now routinely offered as a clinical treatment in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University. She served as the Medical Director of the IVF program at Penn Fertility Care from 2007 to 2013 and now directs the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis program. Dr. Dokras is also the Director of the multi-disciplinary PENN Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) center. She is the immediate past President of the Androgen Excess (AE) -PCOS Society (2014-2016), an international society focused on supporting education, research and patient awareness related to all aspects of androgen excess disorders. Dr. Dokras’ research program focuses on understanding the determinants of cardiovascular risk associated with PCOS at both the cellular and population level. Another area of research interest is to understand the impact of clinical interventions on pregnancy, health related quality of life, anxiety and mood disorders in PCOS. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Reproductive Scientist Development Program. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.



APRIL 3, 2017 (Monday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: BRB 252 Seminar Room, Biomedical Research Building (BRB II/III), 421 Curie Blvd.
(*Reserved for women only, please)

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Addressing Confidence: Taming the Imposter Complex

An interactive session designed to understand the imposter voice while exploring strategies to tackle new challenges.

*The FOCUS WIM SERIES
A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities.

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BIO: Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.



APRIL 20, 2017 (Thursday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Donald H. Silberberg, MD
Emeritus Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Neurodevelopmental and Demyelinating Disorders – Translational Research, from the Laboratory to Fieldwork in India

Dr. Silberberg's laboratory research findings contributed to the treatment of neonatal jaundice, aminoacidurias, Guillain Barre Syndrome and multiple sclerosis. Penn’s affiliation with Pahlavi University, in Shiraz, Iran, provided an opportunity for him to better understand health needs in developing countries, leading him to begin efforts to ameliorate neurological disorders where resources are scarce.

BIO: Dr. Silberberg, Emeritus Professor of Neurology, joined PENN Medicine’s faculty in 1963, served as Chair of Neurology from 1982-1994, and as Senior Associate Dean for International Programs from 1994-2004. His laboratory research addressed developmental disorders, multiple sclerosis and guillain barre syndrome. The second phase of his career, working to improve the recognition and care of individuals with neurological disorders in developing countries, began following his first field experience in Shiraz, Iran, and surrounding villages, in 1974. In the late 1980’s he participated in the analysis of epidemiologic data that was the subject of the World Bank’s 1993 seminal Annual Report, Investing in Health, the Bank’s first public recognition of health needs in developing countries. With support from the Global Forum for Health Research, he initiated the development and publication of the 2001 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, Neurological, Psychiatric and Developmental Disorders – Meeting the Challenge in the Developing World. The Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH, responded to the IOM Report by organizing a new grants program, Brain Disorders Across the Lifespan, now in its 12th year. In 2003, Dr. Silberberg was invited by the National Security Council (The White House) to develop a proposal for building a children’s hospital in Iraq. This led to congressional funding, supplemented by USAID, Project Hope and the governments of Qatar and Spain. The hospital was completed in Bhasra in 2011. Dr. Silberberg has served as a consultant to WHO, and to Ecuador’s National Assembly regarding development of legislation regarding epilepsy and disabilities. In June 2012, the National Assembly of Ecuador awarded the Vicente Rocafuert condecoration (medal) to Dr. Silberberg for his research and policy contributions. Most recently, with the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) Dr. Silberberg organized an epidemiologic study of neurodevelopmental disorders in India, initially funded by NIH (FIC) and the Indian Health Ministry. Using a newly developed survey instrument, 4,000 households were studied. The Government of India (GOI) responded by initiating a nation-wide study using the methodology developed by INCLEN, for the purpose of identifying children with neurodevelopmental disorders and securing their treatment and rehabilitation. For this purpose, 630 centers are being established across India. The GOI estimates that 230,000,000 children will be screened. The GOI has allocated the rupee equivalent of $440,000,000 for the program, which will be rolled out over the course of 7 years.


APRIL 25, 2017 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

SCRIBES: What, Why, How -- To Transform the Clinical Documentation Experience

A panel session that will explore the value and use of scribes in two clinical practices at PENN (one adult and one pediatric) illustrating different scribe models. Presenters will discuss how their scribe program arose and the impact on practitioner productivity and wellbeing, patient satisfaction, and cost effectiveness

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(Panelists)
Eydie G. Miller, MD
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Director, Glaucoma Service, Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Director, Glaucoma Fellowship Program, Sheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Glaucoma Service, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ophthalmology

Sheara Hollin
Chief Operating Officer, Department of Ophthalmology

Stacy Gordon, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Emergency Medicine
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Brandon Calderon
Director, Physician Practice Administration
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Erin Nicole Boyce
Chief Scribe, Emergency Department at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Chief Scribe, St. Mary Medical Center Pediatric Emergency Department

BIOS: Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Scheie Eye Institute/Penn Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, MD from the University of Pittsburgh, ophthalmology residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a glaucoma fellowship at Yale University. She has been on the Penn faculty since 2001. She has a busy clinical practice in the diagnosis and medical/surgical management of complex glaucoma. After the ophthalmology department transitioned to Epic in 2010, scribes became an essential resource for the department to maintain and increase its clinical productivity.

Sheara Hollin has over thirty years of experience in practice management.  Fifteen years of practice experience working in Ophthalmology, the last six years as the Chief Operating Officer.  The Scheie Eye Institute has an operating budget of approximately $48 M/year, split between clinical care and research. During her tenure at Scheie, clinical revenues rose more than 298% and patient visits grew from 65,000 to > 110,000 visits/year. During that same period CFTEs remained fairly constant, fluctuating between 32-35 CFTEs.  The Scheie Eye Institute Research awards are expected to exceed $20M in FY 2016.   Prior to the Scheie Eye Institute, Sheara worked at the University of Pennsylvania in both the Departments of Medicine and Finance.  Her previous work experience included heath care consulting at Coopers & Lybrand (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) and as an administrator at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Sheara is a vegetarian, happily married with three adult sons.

Stacy Gordon MD is the Medical Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Emergency Department Scribe Program. Dr. Gordon is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and an Attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is the Medical Director of CHOP Urgent Care.

Brandon Calderon serves as a Director of Physician Practice Administration within the Department of Pediatrics (working at CHOP). His current areas of responsibility include the Divisions of Emergency Medicine and Human Genetics. In his role, he works closely with the Division Chiefs and other physician leaders to oversee the daily operations of the Division, along with ensuring fiscal and human resource management.



May 3, 2017 (Wednesday)
, Session I: 12:30 - 1:30 PM - lunch - and Session II: 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, __th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR __-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Note: Room location will be recorded above in April

(Session 1) 12:30 – 1:30 PM

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Beth Schachter, PhD
Owner, Beth Schachter Consulting
Science Communications Consulting
Strategies/Tactics of Biomed Grantsmanship (NIH, NSF)
Manuscript Writing/Publishing
www.bethschachterconsulting.com

Introduction to Grantsmanship

1-hour interactive seminar led by Dr. Schachter

  • Fit your grant funding to your career goals
  • Learn about resources for identifying funding sources
  • Find best-fit grants for your experience level, at NIH and beyond
    • Single investigator research grants
    • Multi-PI grants
    • Career development awards
  • Build ally/advocacy relationships with funding source administrators
  • Learn by doing
    • Building editing/critiquing working groups
    • Serving on study section

Lunch 1:30 – 2:00

(Session 2) 2:00 – 3:00 PM

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Advanced Grantsmanship for Senior Faculty (Associate Professor/Professor) – Going Beyond Single Investigator Research Grants

1-hour panel discussion moderated by Dr. Schachter

  • Program Project and Center Grants
  • Shared Equipment Grants
  • Training Grants
  • U-type NIH Contracts
  • NIH Study Sections
  • NIH Councils
  • Initiating new funding programs at NIH
  • Mentoring for Career Development Awards

Beth Schachter, PhD
Owner, Beth Schachter Consulting
Science Communications Consulting
Strategies/Tactics of Biomed Grantsmanship (NIH, NSF)
Manuscript Writing/Publishing
www.bethschachterconsulting.com

Sarah E. Millar, PhD
Albert Kligman Professor and Vice-Chair for Basic Research
Department of Dermatology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Susan R. Weiss, PhD
Professor of Microbiology
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Research Training
Director of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Beverly L. Davidson, PhD
Director, Raymond G. Perelman Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics
Chief Scientific Strategy Officer
Arthur V. Meigs Chair in Pediatrics
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD
Fairhill Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director of Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Associate Dean for Research Integration
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

BIOS: Beth Schachter, PhD, has been an editor, coach, consultant and writer for the biomedical research community for the past two decades. As an editor/coach/consultant, Beth gives hands-on workshops on strategies and tactics for getting research grants and writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. As a writer, her by-lined articles have appeared in places such as Nature Biotechnology, publications of the New York Academy of Sciences, and The New York Times. She works on her own as Beth Schachter Consulting and frequently with Christopher Edwards, PhD, as part of Still Point Coaching & Consulting. In her first career, Beth was a molecular and cell biologist. She held a faculty position and headed a research laboratory at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Her research dealt with molecular endocrinology with a focus on steroid receptor mechanisms of action, and she supported the research through NIH grants. During that time she also spent three summers helping to direct the Cold Spring Harbor course “Cloning of Neural Genes.” She holds a PhD from University of Southern California and did postdoctoral fellowships at University of California San Francisco and Columbia University.

Sarah E. Millar, PhD is Albert Kligman Professor and Vice-Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, with secondary appointments in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and in the School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from Cambridge University, Dr. Millar received her PhD from the University of London and then trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the NIH and at Stanford University. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. Dr. Millar is PI and Director of the Penn Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center, and PI of the Penn Dermatology Research Training Grant. Dr. Millar also serves as Co-Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine Program in Epithelial Stem Cells and Regeneration, and is a member of the Internal Advisory Boards for the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Penn Training Program in Rheumatic Diseases. Dr. Millar is internationally recognized as a leading researcher in epithelial biology. Her research group has made seminal discoveries on the roles of Wnt signaling and epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in development and regeneration of the skin and its appendages. She is an Editorial Board member for Developmental Cell and Experimental Dermatology, a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and has served on numerous national and international grant review committees. Dr. Millar has received several awards in recognition of her research, including an NIH MERIT Award for her work on Wnt signaling in the skin, and the 2017 William Montagna Lectureship Award of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. Dr. Millar has a long-standing interest in the development of junior scientists. In addition to supervising students and post-doctoral fellows in her own laboratory and as Director of the Penn Dermatology Training Grant, she mentors junior faculty members in her role as Vice-Chair of Basic Research, and additionally serves as an informal mentor for many young faculty nationwide and internationally. Dr. Millar has a particular interest in promoting women’s professional success. At Penn, she is a member of the Advisory Council for the PSOM Office of Inclusion and Diversity, and of the Advisory Council for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women. She served as Chair of the Child Care Task Force from 2013-14, and heads the Faculty Advisory Committee for the new Child Care Center on Penn’s medical campus, projected to open in January 2019. In recognition of these activities, Dr. Millar received the 2016 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine.

Susan R. Weiss is a Professor of Microbiology and Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Research Training and Director of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Weiss obtained her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University School of Medicine and completed her postdoctoral training under Dr. J. Michael Bishop at the University of California, San Francisco, whereupon she began her appointment at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. As Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Research Training, Dr. Weiss is involved with all aspects of postdoctoral training including preparation for future careers whether academic or otherwise. As a Professor of Microbiology, Dr. Weiss has mentored more than twenty postdoctoral fellows, ten graduate students and numerous undergraduates who have developed productive and diverse careers. Several have gone onto faculty positions at institutions including University of California, San Francisco, Cornell School of Medicine, Drexel School of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College and others have gone to pharmaceutical companies, scientific writing careers and teaching. Dr. Weiss’ lab works on pathogenesis of coronaviruses, including the murine coronavirus mouse model of hepatitis encephalitis and demyelinating diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis. More recently her lab works on the emerging pathogens, Middle East Respiratory virus and Zika virus. Dr. Weiss’ lab has been funded by grants from NINDS, NIAID and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 1981. She is currently the principal investigator of a training grant in Neurovirology and she has participated in reviewing NIH research and postdoctoral fellowship applications.

Beverly L. Davidson, is the Director of The Raymond G. Perelman Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, the Chief Scientific Strategy Officer, and holds the Arthur V. Meigs Chair in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Davidson received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1987, and in 1994 was recruited to the University of Iowa where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and Professor in 2001. From 1999-2014 she held the Roy J. Carver Chair in Biomedical Research, and was named Vice Chair for Research, Internal Medicine from 2004-2014. She was named an AAAS Fellow in 2007, and in 2009, received the NIH Mathilde Solowey Award, and was named Member, Electorate Nominating Committee, as well as chair, Medical Sciences, AAAS. In 2011, Dr. Davidson was the S.J. DeArmond Lecturer, American Association of Neuropathologists, and University of Iowa Presidential Lecturer. In 2012, received the Carver College of Medicine Faculty Service Award, and the Iowa Innovator Award. She was awarded the Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science in 2015. Dr. Davidson’s research is focused on inherited brain disorders and the development of novel therapies to treat these fatal diseases. She has served on numerous NIH Study sections, was co-chair of the Editors Panel, Transformative Award Review Committee from the Office of the Director (NIH) and currently serves on Council for NINDS, NIH. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Huntington Study Group and the Medical Research Advisory Board of the National Ataxia Foundation. Dr. Davidson is a co-founder of Spark Therapeutics, Inc., and serves on the advisory boards of Sarepta Therapeutics and Intellia Therapeutics.

Dr. Lou Soslowsky received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Engineering Mechanics and Biomechanics and began his first faculty appointment at the University of Michigan in 1991 where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. In 1997, he was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania where he is now the Fairhill Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Bioengineering, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Founding Director of the NIH-sponsored, campus-wide Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (PCMD) and Associate Dean for Research Integration. For 18 years, Dr. Soslowsky served as the Director of the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. During his leadership, this laboratory grew from 11 people and ~$500,000 research expenditures per year to over 100 people and more than $12,000,000. The PCMD is the longest running NIH sponsored Center of its kind in the country. In 2011, it was renewed for a second period of 5 years, scored with the highest review score in the country. In 2016, it again scored the highest at the NIH review in the country and continues on. There are currently more than 125 faculty members of the PCMD and membership has recently been expanded beyond Penn to include faculty at 10 other regional institutions. Dr. Soslowsky is well funded from the NIH, foundations and from industry. He is the only investigator who has ranked in the top 5 of orthopaedic department-based researchers in NIH funding for the past 5 consecutive years. During all of these years, the research programs in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery have also been ranked in the top 5 amongst orthopaedic departments in the country under Lou’s leadership. He has won several prestigious awards including the YC Fung Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Charles Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (twice), the Hughston Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Kappa Delta Award in 2010 from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2016, he was honored with the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society. He is a Fellow of ASME and AIMBE, and is a Past Chair of the Bioengineering Division of ASME. He was the Basic Research Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and has served on the Boards for the Journal of Biomechanics, the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and Matrix Biology. He serves as an active reviewer for several agencies, most notably including the NIH. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 published full-length original research articles and more than 300 conference abstracts. Dr. Soslowsky has honed his leadership skills through completion of the Whitaker Foundation Academic Leadership Program and the Penn Medicine-Wharton Academic Medicine Leadership program. Lou is a bioengineer who seeks to understand and uncover etiologic factors and pathologic mechanisms driving injury, healing, repair, and regeneration of tendons and ligaments and to use this information to develop and evaluate potential treatment modalities. He has made major advances in understanding the injury process involved in the various tendons, as well as in designing targeted treatment modalities for these conditions. He has developed innovative model systems for such studies that have become the standard systems for such studies world-wide. These studies are multi-disciplinary in nature, have a strong basis in mechanics, with other assays such molecular biology, biochemistry, histology, imaging, and in vivo assessments being utilized, often in animal model systems. He collaborates actively with orthopaedic surgeons, developmental biologists, and others in a broad multidisciplinary team.

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