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Women in Medicine

Faculty Development Workshop

Featured Speaker:

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD

Executive Director, FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Friday, May 8, 2015 | 8:00 a.m. to noon


Stephanie Abbuhl, MD, is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in the spring of 2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn, and provided leadership as the acting chair of the new department from 1993-1994. She also served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department from 1990 to 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine for a total of 30 years of clinical and educational service. Dr. Abbuhl’s honors include: AOA (1980); the Bryce Collier Prize for Compassion in Medicine (1980); the American Medical Women’s Association Award (1980); Excellence in Teaching Award (1992); Philadelphia Magazine’s "Top Doc" award (1994, 1996); The Lenore Rowe Williams Award (2003); and, the Emergency Medicine Residency Mentorship Award (2003). Dr. Abbuhl’s research interests include operational and administrative issues in emergency medicine, pain management, and faculty development. She has over 80 publications to her credit and serves as a peer reviewer for two prominent emergency medicine journals. Dr. Abbuhl is the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women, a faculty development program funded by the dean of the School of Medicine since 1997, to recruit, retain and promote women faculty. In this role she has been involved in many key gender equity initiatives within the School of Medicine and across the University. She has been invited to speak at academic health centers across the country on the issues concerning women in medicine, women’s professional development, and leadership mentoring. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl is the individual recipient of the 2012 AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award. She is also the 2013 recipient of the 4th Annual Trustees' Council of Penn Women (TCPW)/Provost Award at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abbuhl is joint PI with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso (founder of FOCUS) on the NIH RO1, "Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial,” one of only 14 grants awarded to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine.


This group is being sponsored and organized by the TUSM Committee on the Status of Women Faculty. Please contact Mary Kraemer, MD at mary.kraemer@tuhs.temple.edu for further information.


Past Workshop Topics:


  • Cents and Sensibilities at TUSM -- May 9, 2014
  • The Great Debate: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” -- May 10, 2013
  • 20 Year Retrospective and Future Development -- May 19, 2012
  • Work-Life Balance: Worthwhile Goal or Elusive Misnomer? -- May 13, 2011