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Seven Clinicians Graduate from First SUNY Clinical Leadership Academy

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Clinical leadership academySeven faculty from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University graduated from the first-ever SUNY Clinical Leadership Academy, which aims to support the development of high-potential physicians to serve as physician leaders who will then support SUNY’s academic medical centers. The SUNY Clinical Leadership Academy officially launched on June 8, 2021, and concluded on January 25, 2022.

The graduates and their mentors include: 

Azin Abazari, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Residency Program Director
Mentor: Dr. Robert Honkanen

Thomas Corrado, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Medical Director of Perioperative Services
Mentor: Dr. Sergio Bergese

Bettina Fries, Professor of Medicine, Division Chief of Infectious Diseases
Mentor: Dr. Vincent Yang

Sandeep Mallipattu, DCI-Martin Liebowitz Endowed Professor of Nephrology, Division Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension
Mentor: Dr. Vincent Yang

Stephen Probst, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Division Chief of Neuroanesthesia/ENT Anesthesia
Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Rosenfeld

Sritha Rajupet, Director of Population Based Health Initiatives, Deputy Division Head of Graduate Medical Education
Mentor: Dr. Dorothy Lane

Massimiliano Spaliviero, Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology, Attending Surgeon
Mentor: Dr. Wayne Waltzer

“The Clinical Leadership Academy benefits not only the Fellows, but also the School of Medicine and the University as a whole,” said Stella Tsirka, vice dean for faculty affairs, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. “Benefits for the Clinical Fellows include making them aware of and training them in effective leadership styles in the context of academic medicine, familiarizing them with issues that occur and affect diverse, equitable and inclusive medical institutions, and helping them develop a network of colleagues across SUNY with similar ambitions and goals who can serve as a resource when they undertake future leadership responsibilities. Benefits for the University include the new perspectives that the Clinical Fellows bring to the table, the preparation of new leadership for the future of the School of Medicine, the nurturing and engagement of colleagues who become more connected and invested in the institution, and the completion of specific, beneficial short-term projects.”

The academy provides an innovative leadership development program to best support patients, students, faculty, staff and administration being served across New York State. SUNY’s Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute’s goal in offering this academy is to position SUNY as a national leader in terms of preparing the current and next generation of clinical leaders. The intensive seven-month academy is a cohort experience that includes an applied learning project component. Participants engaged with mentors as part of the program, and participated in a SUNY360 leadership skills inventory and DiSC Work of Leaders assessment.

The academy is designed to include SUNY medical schools, hospitals, clinical practice plans, and foundations and is intended for those aspiring to, or new to, positions including division chief, senior vice president, department/program chair, center director, fellowship director, medical education director, clinical service line director, clinical trial manager/director, as well as COO.

Scholarships were awarded to expand support for physicians from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds. The Clinical Leadership Academy collaborates with EOP and SUNY’s Medical University Pathways Program to expand support for clinicians from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds.

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