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Dr. Madhu Mazumdar Selected for Fellowship in Prestigious Executive Leadership Program

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Dr. Madhu Mazumdar

Dr. Madhu Mazumdar, professor of biostatistics and chief of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, has been chosen as a fellow for the nation's most prestigious leadership program for women in academic medicine.

Dr. Mazumdar is one of 54 senior women faculty selected for the 2011–2012 class of fellows by The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. The new fellows join a diverse community of leaders and represent more than 50 medical, dental and public health schools from across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Mazumdar holds an M.S. in statistics from the University of Delhi, India, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Penn State University. Before coming to Weill Cornell in 2004 to be the founding chief of the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Division, she was a biostatistician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Dr. Mazumdar has been highly successful in building the division — crystallizing its mission, creating a viable financial plan, and promoting its collaborative and methodological research agenda. She also directs the Research Design and Biostatistics Core of WCMC Clinical Translational Science Center that supports quantitative aspects of a large number of research projects and training needs of numerous young investigators by bringing together experts in biostatistics and epidemiology from WCMC, MSKCC, Hospital for Special Surgery, Hunter College School of Public Health, and Department of Statistical Science of Cornell University.

As an ELAM fellow, Dr. Mazumdar will follow a curriculum that adapts lessons in executive management and institutional leadership, such as strategic finance, organizational dynamics, and personal and professional effectiveness, to the academic health center environment. The program's ultimate mission is to increase the number of women in senior academic leadership positions.

This program has been very successful as more than 600 ELAM graduates now serve in numerous leadership positions — department head through university president — at nearly 110 U.S. and Canadian academic health centers. Currently, four of the 15 women deans at U.S. medical schools, six of the 12 women deans at U.S. dental schools, and two of the 12 women deans at U.S. public health schools are ELAM alumnae.

Dr. Susan Pannullo, associate professor of clinical neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and director of neuro-oncology at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was selected last year to be an ELAM fellow.

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