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 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.

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.

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.  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.

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 produced comprehensive data reports, Benchmark Data: Gender Statistics of Faculty, at regular intervals since 1999. 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 also been instrumental in securing extramural funding to support the growth of the women’s health research related initiatives that she supervises including the Junior Faculty Investigator Award and the Medical Student Fellowship. Ms. Scott has recently been co-investigator and project manager for 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. 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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