Two faculty members receive prestigious fellowships in healthcare leadership

Two faculty members receive prestigious fellowships in healthcare leadership

The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell is pleased to announce that two faculty members, Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, and Dr. Vera Feuer, have been selected for the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program and the Executive Leadership in Health Care Program (ELH) respectively.

These highly competitive year-long fellowships, hosted by Drexel University College of Medicine, are dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy by sharpening their professional and personal skills to lead and manage in today’s complex healthcare environment. The new class is the largest cohort of fellows since the ELAM program was established in 1995.

“To accommodate a very strong pool of applicants, we have accepted 96 fellows into the 2023-24 class of ELAM, and 45 fellows into ELH,” said Dr. Nancy D. Spector, executive director of ELAM and ELH. “The need for the highest-quality leaders in academic health care has never been greater, and we are doing everything we can to help meet that need by providing outstanding and innovative leadership training for women.”

Stroustrup is one of the 96 women selected nationwide for the 2023-24 ELAM class of fellows. She serves as the vice president and director of neonatal services and system chief of Neonatology for Northwell Health and is a professor of pediatrics and occupational medicine, epidemiology and prevention at the Zucker School of Medicine.

In addition to serving as an attending neonatologist, Stroustrup leads a research program exploring the impact of hospital-based environmental exposures on multi-system adverse outcomes related to prematurity. Her transdisciplinary research interests span the fields of children’s environmental health, perinatal epidemiology, neonatology, and neurodevelopment.

Joining the cohort of ELH fellows is Feuer, who serves as associate vice president for Northwell Health’s School of Mental Health and director of Pediatric Emergency Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Urgent Care, at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, as well as associate professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and emergency medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine.

In its second year, the ELH program runs concurrently with ELAM. The program is tailored for senior-level leaders interested in advancing to executive leadership positions in hospitals and healthcare systems. ELH builds upon ELAM’s fellowship model to include the concepts, tools and skills that will enable women leaders to bring their full potential to healthcare organizations.

“I am looking forward to learning and connecting with other leaders in the ELH program,” said Feuer, who works with local and national groups to develop care standards for pediatric crisis behavioral health care. “I am hoping to gain skills to lead and manage change initiatives, align diverse stakeholders, and understand strategic business planning and finances, to help leverage resources needed to create high quality, innovative clinical programming in a specialty that is not typically profitable and is in such high demand.”

ELAM and ELH alumnae number more than 1,300 and serve in leadership positions at over 300 academic health centers around the world. The new fellows will begin work this month and continue through the end of the program in April 2024, when they will showcase their institutional action projects at a poster symposium during the annual ELAM Leaders Forum.


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