Women faculty members selected for and graduate from prestigious leadership program


Photo of Dr. Barbara Taylor, UT Health San Antonio
Barbara Taylor, MD, MS, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and assistant dean for the MD/MPH program.

Barbara S. Taylor, MD, MS, professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine and assistant dean for the MD/MPH program, has been selected to participate in the 2023-2024 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program.

Each year, U.S. and Canadian academic health centers are invited to nominate faculty for this highly competitive program. UT Health San Antonio has a total of 13 faculty members who have successfully completed this prestigious fellowship program.

ELAM and the newly launched Executive Leadership in Health Care are year-long programs designed for women who are senior faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy, with high potential for advancement in an executive leadership role. Both programs are hosted by the Drexel University College of Medicine. ELAM alumnae number over 1,200 and serve in leadership positions at 295 academic health centers around the world.

Recent ELAM graduate, Kristen Plastino, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, vice chair for clinical operations and director of UT Teen Health, is one of 72 ELAM fellows and 24 fellows of the inaugural class of Executive Leadership in Health Care to graduate this May after completing a year-long fellowship, which culminated with its capstone ELAM Leaders Forum and graduation ceremonies.

Kristen Plastino, MD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of UT Teen Health.

Plastino joins a diverse alumnae community, referred to as ELUMS, of more than 1,300 highly accomplished leaders that represent 300 medical, dental, public health and pharmacy schools from around the world. This year’s graduating class represened a total of 81 institutions.

From left: Chiquita Collins, PhD, MA; Dean Robert Hromas, MD, FACP; and Kristen Plastino, MD.

Robert Hromas, MD, FACP, dean of the Long School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, and Chiquita Collins, PhD, MA, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer, were also in attendance to participate in the end-of-year celebratory events held in Philadelphia along with other fellows, deans and senior officers from their academic institutions.

This year, Collins, an ELUM in the class of 2020, served as a Learning Community Advisor, working with a group of six ELAM fellows for the duration of the fellowship year, which runs June through April of the following year. The role involves facilitating the formation of an effective learning community, being a resource for fellows’ work during the year and providing perspective based on experience in academic medicine and academic health care organizations to the fellows.

UT Health San Antonio ELUMS are listed alphabetically by last name and graduating class year:

  • Robin L. Brey, MD, professor emerita of neurology, Edna Smith Dielmann distinguished university chair of neurology, 2007.
  • Sandra Burge, PhD, professor emerita of family medicine and community health, 2011.
  • Chiquita A. Collins, PhD, MA, associate professor of population health sciences, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, 2020.
  • Deborah L. Conway, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, vice dean for undergraduate medical education, 2020.
  • Carlayne E. Jackson, MD, professor of neurology and otolaryngology, chair of neurology, 2009.
  • Martha Medrano, MD, professor emerita of pediatrics and psychiatry, 2007.
  • Jan E. Patterson, MD, MS, professor of medicine and pathology, associate dean for quality and lifelong learning, director of center for patient safety and health policy, 2005.
  • Jennifer S. Potter, PhD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, vice president for research, 2019.
  • Adriana Segura, DDS, MS, professor of comprehensive dentistry, associate dean for academic, faculty and student affairs, 2016.
  • Paula K. Shireman, MD, professor emerita and Edna Smith Dielmann distinguished university chair in surgery, 2012.
  • Gail E. Tomlinson, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, division chief of pediatric hematology-oncology, co-director of the Population Science and Prevention Program at the Mays Cancer Center, 2010.
  • Janet F. Williams, MD, professor of pediatrics, vice dean for faculty, 2008.

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