Dr. Anna Spagnoli named ELAM fellow

The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program is the only program in North America dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for institutional leadership roles at academic health centers.

Dr. Anna Spagnoli named ELAM fellow
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Anna Spagnoli, MD

Media contact: Danielle M. Bates, 919-843-9714, dbates@med.unc.edu

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Anna Spagnoli, MD, a professor of pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine, has been named a 2013 fellow of the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. As the only program in North America dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for institutional leadership roles at academic health centers, acceptance into the ELAM® fellowship is highly competitive.

“Dr. Spagnoli is an accomplished clinician, teacher and scientist, already held in high esteem for her dedication to UNC and natural leadership ability,” said Wesley Burks, MD, chair of pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine and chief physician of N.C. Children’s Hospital. “I know I echo the sentiments of administrative leaders throughout the institution when I extend my congratulations and pledge our support as she pursues this rigorous and very prestigious program.”

Dr. Spagnoli is chief of the division pediatric endocrinology, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best for treating children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders. She directs the pediatric fellowship program within the division of pediatric endocrinology and is a member of the mentoring program within the Department of Pediatrics. As a clinician, she directs UNC’s pediatric bone clinic, the only clinic in North Carolina offering dedicated pediatric endocrine expertise for children with bone disorders.

She is also an accomplished, internationally-known investigator leading a large research program in bone/cartilage development and regeneration. She has been extensively funded by National Institutes of Health, as well as by several foundations and private sector agencies, and has authored landmark publications in the bone/cartilage regenerative medicine field.

ELAM's mission is to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in medical academia, and, in so doing, change the culture of academic health institutions to become more inclusive of different perspectives and more responsive to changing social agendas. That mission is what attracted Spagnoli to the program when she applied for the first time this year, endorsed by William Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care System CEO.

“I am thrilled by the learning and networking opportunities that ELAM can offer to me,” said Dr. Spagnoli, who will begin the program in May. “I hope participating in ELAM will advance my leadership skills as my career progresses; broaden my perspective regarding the spectrum of career options available outside my personal knowledge and comfort zone; and enrich my networking with women leaders from whom I can learn and seek advice and counsel.”

The intensive year-long curriculum fosters on-the-job opportunities and resources to enhance leadership. Fellows gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing academic health centers through meetings with national leaders in the field, interactions with peers in the program, and collaborations with a range of senior officers at their own institutions. Fellows also undertake an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the senior leadership. Each project is designed to address a strategic institutional priority while providing an opportunity for the fellow to gain greater visibility as an academic leader.

As Diane Magrane, MD, director of Drexel’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which supports the program, explains, “The fellows’ projects not only help them understand the challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in concrete, positive changes at their institutions.”

Upon completion of the one-year fellowship in May 2014, Spagnoli will be among 54 members of the 2013-2014 class that join a highly accomplished community of ELAM alumnae, over 800 strong. Graduates of the program serve in a variety of leadership positions around the world, including department chairs, research center directors, deans and college presidents as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.

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