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Best Practices Workshops

Best Practices Workshops feature leaders in various academic fields to share insights and facilitate workshops to engage the community of faculty and administration in the top-down process of change.

Speakers include previous ADVANCE program directors and administrators, leaders in industry and local organizations (e.g., Procter and Gamble, GE) that promote equity and diversity in their organizations and scholars specializing in broadening participation of underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines.

May 4-5, 2015

Dr. Barbara Fivush, MD & Dr Myron Weisfeldt, MD

Dr. Barbara Fivush, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief Pediatric Nephrology, Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, MD, Director of the Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University will conduct a series of workshops for women and administration in the College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children's and the VA Medical Center.

Dr. Barbara Fivush is Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, and Associate Dean of Women in Science and Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Fivush was the first pediatric nephrology fellow to graduate from the division in 1983. Her research interests have been dominated by her concern for children with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Early on in her career, she studied the safety and efficacy of various vaccines in children maintained on dialysis and in kidney transplant recipients. Dr. Fivush was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the current standards for vaccinating children with CKD. Over the last 15 years, she has worked to develop quality measures for pediatric patients with CKD. Her work in this area has resulted in improved care for these children and holds the promise to improve long-term outcomes among children who undergo dialysis. She was previously involved in a national multi-center collaborative project to study the progression of kidney disease in children, and is presently involved in a second national collaborative trial to compare several management approaches to children who have vesicoureteral reflux. Dr. Fivush also heads the Office of Women in Science and Medicine, an office that fosters the academic progress of women faculty, through education, advocacy, mentoring and networking.

Dr. Myron “Mike” Weisfeldt is University Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He was the William Osler Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine there from 2001 to 2014. He was also Physician-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Weisfeldt has broad interests in hemodynamics, cardiovascular aging, and resuscitation from cardiac arrest. Dr. Weisfeldt received a BA and MD from the Johns Hopkins University. He trained in Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. From 1991 to 2001, he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Samuel Bard Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Medical Service at the Columbia-Presbyterian Campus of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. From 1975 to 1991, he was Director of the Cardiology Division at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Weisfeldt was Chairman of the Cardiology Advisory Board of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute from 1987 to 1990 and held the position of President of the American Heart Association in 1990. Dr. Weisfeldt is a member of the Institute of Medicine. His research interests have included heart function, age changes in the heart and circulation, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In 2003 he was appointed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to be the Study Chair for a large-scale ongoing clinical trials network to conduct randomized definitive trials of devices, drugs and other therapies for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and severe traumatic injury.

Previous Best Practices Speakers, 2014-15

Dr. Rosalyn Stewart, MD, MS, MBA

November 7 & 10

Associate Professor & Associate Program Director
Med/Peds Urban Health Residency Program
Department of Pediatrics
Best Practice Focus Groups
(Invitation Only)

Rosalyn Stewart, MD, MS, MBA is Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Nursing, and Public Health at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  A true leader in the delivery and development of care for the complex urban underserved population, Dr. Stewart is known for her clinical innovations directed to obviate social determinants of health.  Her safety net innovations have improved the health of targeted populations by coupling excellent medical care with programs that target the root causes of differences in incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases as well as other adverse health conditions. Her work has led to the development of team-based comprehensive care that includes use community partners as part of community-based multi-disciplinary primary care that emphasizes collaboration and utilizes social workers, case managers, community health workers, and inter-professional home-visits.

Dr. Stewart will conduct a number of focus groups this fall in preparation for a visit from a team from Johns Hopkins in the spring. Focus group topics will include: professional development, climate and diversity.

Christine Grant, PhD

November 20 & 21

Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering
North Carolina State University

Dr. Christine Grant has been empowering individuals and groups towards academic excellence for over 25 years at the university level. Her innovative programs span from middle school students to college students and up through university professors and administrators. She has been recognized for her accomplishments as an educator, leader and mentor with the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Math and Engineering Mentoring with additional achievement awards from the YWCA, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Council for Chemical Research, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  Currently she is a tenured Full Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University. She holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Brown University and Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the President and CEO of Leveraged Empowerment LLC.


Ellen Ernst Kossek, PhD

January 30, 2015

Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek (PhD, Yale) is Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management & Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. She is President of the Work and Family Researchers Network and Associate Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety & Health of the Work Family Health Network.

Elected a Fellow in the American Psychological Association & the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, to the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors, and Chair of the Gender and Diversity Division, Dr. Kossek’s research has won awards for advancing gender, work-life and diversity in organizations, most recently in 2014 as a recipient of the Families and Work Institute’s Work Life Legacy award, for helping to build or advance the work life movement.