|Chaudron to be Acting Associate Dean for Diversity|
|Thursday, July 01 2010|
School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman, M.D., has appointed Linda Chaudron, M.D., M.S., as Acting Associate Dean for Diversity while seeking a permanent replacement for former Associate Dean Vivian Lewis, M.D.
Earlier this year, Lewis became Deputy to the President and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity for the University.
Chair emerita of the department of Pediatrics, Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D. will lead the search process.
Chaudron is an associate professor of Psychiatry who serves as the department’s associate chair for Clinical Services. With research interests in postpartum and perinatal depression in women, she also holds secondary appointments in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.
She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry who completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she also completed a fellowship in women’s health. Chaudron has participated in a number of professional development seminars sponsored by the AAMC and attended the SELAM Summit for Women Executive Leaders in Academic Medicine and Biomedical Research earlier this year.
Chaudron has been active in the Medical School’s diversity efforts since she was a medical student here in the early 1990’s. “I was active in the Women in Medicine group at that time, and later I worked with then-Dean Guzick in developing the original position in 2006,” she said.
Since 2006, Chaudron has served on the advisory committee to the Associate Dean for Women and Diversity. While now serving in the interim role, she is excited about working with Dean Taubman to build on the momentum established by Lewis to make academic medicine more embracing for women and minorities.
“Dr. Chaudron is a natural choice for Acting Associate Dean,” Taubman said. “She has played an important role in shaping our choices to-date, and is deeply committed to moving these initiatives along in the immediate future.”
“Institutions like ours now recognize that faculty development does not end when you finish your training,” she said. “We must offer career-long development opportunities for all faculty, including efforts first to understand, then meet the specific needs of women and underrepresented minorities.”
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