Lisa Elden

Lisa M. Elden MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Dr. Lisa Elden is a Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Associate Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and Vice Chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at Penn. She is a member of the D-COAP and serves on ORL-HNS department’s residency admissions committee, CHOP’s pediatric fellowship admissions committee and has been a PSOM interviewer since 2003. She is also a member of the CHOP ENT and Penn ORL Diversity and Inclusion Groups. As the first woman pediatric otolaryngologist at CHOP, she has worked to recruit other women and under-represented students, trainees and faculty to the department and PSOM.  In an organization with multiple hospital systems and in representing a department with both adult and pediatric faculty members, she sees her role to ensure faculty and staff are informed and participate in PSOM’s effort to improve DI & E efforts at the departmental, hospital and university levels. Her research interests and scholarly pursuits relate to the surgical care of children with sleep apnea, including multiple projects and publications designed to reduce inequities in perioperative patient care of children.