Program Leadership



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

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Stephanie Abbuhl, MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in the spring of 2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn, and provided leadership as the acting chair of the new department from 1993-1994. She also served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department from 1990 to 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine for a total of 30 years of clinical and educational service. 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 (2003); and, the Emergency Medicine Residency Mentorship Award (2003). Dr. Abbuhl’s research interests include operational and administrative issues in emergency medicine, pain management, and faculty development. She has over 80 publications to her credit and serves as a peer reviewer for two prominent emergency medicine journals. Dr. Abbuhl is the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women, a faculty development program funded by the dean of the School of Medicine since 1997, to recruit, retain and promote women faculty. In this role she has been involved in many key gender equity initiatives within the School of Medicine and across the University. She has been invited to speak at academic health centers across the country on the issues concerning women in medicine, women’s professional development, and leadership mentoring. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl is the individual recipient of the 2012 AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award. She is also the 2013 recipient of the 4th Annual Trustees' Council of Penn Women (TCPW)/Provost Award at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abbuhl is joint PI with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso (founder of FOCUS) on the NIH RO1, "Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial,” one of only 14 grants awarded to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine.

tutonDirector of Professional Development
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
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
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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. She 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. Bridging the Gaps provides health related service in underserved communities while training community responsive health and social service professionals. The Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed a Bridging the Gaps Clinical Scholars program which is made up of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes both advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. She is a co-investigator on the NIH RO1, “Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial,” one of only 14 grants awarded to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women's careers in science and medicine. She is also 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.

H.BognerDirector of Research Programs
Hillary R. Bogner, MD MSCE
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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Hillary R. Bogner MD MSCE is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Bogner earned her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology with honors from the University of Chicago and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University where she was Chief Resident in her third year. In 2001, she earned the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bogner investigates the integration of care for depression and medical co-morbidity in primary health care settings – a problem with high public health significance. She has chosen to focus on cardiovascular disease as a model for integration of care with depression. Her work in depression and CVD has focused on adherence to depression treatment as a serious problem limiting the public health impact of available effective treatment. In addition, she has contributed to materials directed at practicing physicians. Her work shows that early patterns of non-adherence to depression medication may be related to patient-level factors, setting the stage for targeted interventions. She has examined the role of medical co-morbidity in the recognition and treatment of depression among older adults, finding that depression is a significant contributor to mortality among persons with medical co-morbidity such as diabetes that can be mitigated with practice-based interventions. In other work, she studied how medical co-morbidity -- such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic medical conditions -- modifies response to depression treatment. Based on findings from patient interviews, Dr. Bogner developed an intervention integrating depression treatment with medical treatment for cardiovascular disease and has published the results of pilot studies testing its effectiveness. The intervention was informed by the findings of the K23 Award and the RWJF Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award. To further examine the effectiveness of integrated interventions for depression and cardiovascular disease she was awarded a Grant-in-Aid Award from the American Heart Association and a Clinical Research Award from the American Diabetes Association. She has obtained funding from the Institute on Aging, Minority and Aging Research Center (MARCH), and FOCUS on Health Leadership for Women. She has a funded R34 to assess the feasibility of an intervention trial to improve adherence to depression and hypertension treatment. She was also awarded an R21(NIMH) to assess how different primary care practices approach implementation of the chronic care model for depression and diabetes with the ultimate goal of developing a tool kit to facilitate implementation. She recently completed an RO1(NIMH) study to examine the course of depressive symptoms and medical comorbidity, studying the risk factors for the onset of major depression and suicidal ideation.

Patricia ScottDirector of Operations
Patricia Scott, BA
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Patricia Scott serves as Director of Operations for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women and is responsible for managing the overall day-to-day administrative and organizational infrastructure for all professional development and research-based initiatives of the FOCUS program. Ms. Scott supports FOCUS Program involvement in many key gender equity initiatives within the Perelman School of Medicine and across the University of Pennsylvania, as well as nationally. Along with FOCUS Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Abbuhl, Ms. Scott spearheaded the first intensive effort to compile, collect, and analyze gender statistics for every department, rank and track in the School of Medicine and compare these data with national statistics published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The FOCUS Benchmarks Initiative has, to date, produced eleven comprehensive reports, Benchmark Data: Gender Statistics of Faculty. This document is an integral tool utilized across the Perelman School of Medicine to help monitor progress in efforts to improve the retention, promotion and recruitment of women in academic medicine. Ms. Scott has been instrumental in securing extramural funding to support the growth of the women’s health research related initiatives of FOCUS. She supervises the Junior Faculty Investigator Award, a seed grants program, and the Medical Student Fellowship. Ms. Scott is also a co-investigator and the project manager for The NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture)Trial, an NIH RO1 ("Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial”), one of only 14 grants awarded nationally to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. Ms. Scott received her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Social Sciences with a concentration in bioethics and healthcare issues from the University of Pennsylvania.


S. Primavera 2012Administrative Coordinator
Susan Primavera
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Susan Primavera is the administrative coordinator for FOCUS and is responsible for providing administrative support to the broad range of professional development and research initiatives. She combines her FOCUS responsibilities with a similar role for the Bridging the Gaps Program which combines the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service to underserved communities. Ms. Primavera has also served as a staff assistant to numerous research studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


Jeane Ann GrissoFounder
Jeane Ann Grisso, MD MSc
Emeritus Professor
Public Health, Nursing, & Medicine

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Dr. Grisso has served as principal investigator of many federally-funded investigations focused on urban women’s health issues, including studies of reproductive health, intimate partner violence, menopause, and aging. Dr. Grisso recently returned to Penn after 7 years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  At RWJF, Dr. Grisso and colleagues developed a $17-million national program to prevent teen dating violence as well as other programs addressing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Dr. Grisso is currently working with the City’s public health clinics to detect and refer patients who experience IPV. She is also Principal Investigator (with Stephanie Abbuhl as joint PI’s) of a recently funded NIH intervention program to improve the status of junior women faculty in academic medicine. Dr. Grisso was the founder of the program, FOCUS on the Health & Leadership of Women. She is a Senior Scholar and core faculty member of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn. Dr. Grisso is joint PI with Dr. Stephanie Abbuhl (Executive Director of FOCUS) on the NIH RO1, "Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial,” one of only 14 grants awarded to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine.


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