The Academy for Excellence in Education aims to build an inclusive learning community of educators across the biomedical sciences and UVA Health to foster and honor educational excellence at the UVA School of Medicine.
The Academy is led by an Executive Board and three key committees: Membership, Educator Development, and Building Community. These educational leaders work collaboratively to further the mission of the Academy in concert with the Office of Educational Affairs, the Center for Medical Education Research and Scholarly Innovation, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, and other offices and departments committed to educational excellence in academic medicine.
The Academy’s Executive Board consists of the Director of the Academy, the chairs of each of the Academy’s committees (Membership, Educator Development, and Building Community), and the Director of the Center for Medical Education Research and Scholarly Innovation (MERSI). Current Executive Board members are:
Dr. Shah is an Associate Professor of Medicine (GI / Transplant Hepatology) and is a Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Medical Education. He arrived at the University of Virginia to complete a transplant hepatology fellowship and stayed on faculty starting in 2009. He originally served on the task force for the creation of the organ system-based NxGen curriculum in 2010. He is currently involved in the UME curriculum as the GI system leader, a member of the curriculum committee, and as the co-chair of the pre-clerkship leadership committee. He is involved in the GME as the GI fellowship program director and as an advisor to internal medicine residents. Finally, he is involved with CME as the course director for the annual, regional UVA GI/Hepatology course. He is a Harvard Macy Institute Health Educator alumnus and is interested in the use of technology in medical education and student engagement.
Dr. Linda A. Waggoner-Fountain is a Professor of Pediatrics in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Waggoner-Fountain has her Master in Academic Medical Education from the University of Southern California and has been active in medical education across the spectrum from UME to CME. She is a Microbiology & Immunology system leader, a Master Assessor within the School of Medicine UME program and has previously served at a member of the SOM curriculum committee. Dr. Waggoner-Fountain served as a pediatrics residency program director at the University of Virginia for 20 years and is actively involved in GME at the national level, currently serving on both the Pediatric Residency Review Committee (RRC) at the ACGME and on the Board of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD). Within the APPD, she is one of the creators of the Leadership in Educational Academic Development CME program for experienced medical educators. Dr. Waggoner-Fountain has interests in medical education handoffs and the faculty development of clinician educators.
Dr. Kern is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology with subspecialty in Pediatric Urology. She completed her Urology residency training at Boston University Medical Center and Pediatric Urology fellowship training at Children’s National Health System. During her time as a faculty member at UVA, she has been actively involved in classroom instruction in the NxGen curriculum in both the renal and endocrine units. She has been an active member of the UVA Medical School Admissions Committee since 2016. She is also a Board of Director member for the UVA Medical Alumni Association, currently serving as Secretary. In 2020, she was appointed 4th year clerkship director for the Urology ACE rotation as well as Associate Program Director for the Urology Residency Program.
Faculty and trainees can help lead the Academy by serving on one of three committees: Membership, Educator Development, and Building Community. Each committee consists of ten members: a chair, vice-chair, and eight at-large members. Selection of committee members will occur through the Membership Committee while the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs will occur within each committee. More information about committee service and the work of each Academy committee is available on the Get Involved page.
- Tajie Harris | chair | Neuroscience | term: 2023
- Virginia Andersen | vice-chair | Psychiatry | term: 2024
- Mohammad Abuannadi | Medicine / Cardiovascular Medicine | term: 2023
- Ashok Asthagiri | Neurosurgery | term: 2024
- William Brady | Emergency Medicine| term: 2023
- Christopher Holstege | Emergency Medicine | term: 2024
- Simon Lehtinen | Medicine / General Internal Medicine | term: 2023
- Pamela Mason | Medicine / Cardiovascular Medicine | term: 2024
- Mark Quigg | Neurology | term: 2023
- Victor Zaydfudim | Surgery | term: 2024
- Linda Waggoner-Fountain | chair | Pediatrics | term: 2023
- Andrew Parsons | vice-chair | Medicine / General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care | term: 2024
- Allison Bechtel | Anesthesiology | term: 2023
- Mark Beenhakker | Pharmacology | term: 2024
- Elizabeth Courville | Pathology | term: 2023
- Anelyssa D’ Abreu | Neurology | term: 2024
- Joshua Easter | Emergency Medicine | term: 2023
- Alexander Millard | Medicine / General Internal Medicine | term: 2024
- Aaron Pannone | Public Health | term: 2023
- Kathryn Xixis | Neurology | term: 2024
- Deborah Barry | Medical Education | liaison representing the Center for Medical Education Research and Scholarly Innovation
- Nora Kern | chair | Urology | term: 2023
- Kathryn Mutter | vice-chair | Emergency Medicine | term: 2024
- Jonathan Black | Plastic Surgery | term: 2023
- Heather Borek | Emergency Medicine | term: 2024
- Nicholas Brenton | Neurology | term: 2023
- Katherine Forkin | Anesthesiology | term: 2024
- Jordan Garris | Neurology | term: 2023
- Jennifer Louis-Jacques | Pediatrics | term: 2024
- Rahul Mehta | Medicine / General Internal Medicine | term: 2023
- Sana Syed | Pediatrics | term: 2024
The Academy is supported by the Mary M. and Charles H. Henderson MD Endowment for Faculty Excellence, which provides financial resources for us to recruit, retain, and support exceptional teaching faculty and to advance the curricular priorities of the School of Medicine.