Program Goals

  • Develop a Community of UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Leaders – Foster the integration, development and enrichment of current salaried and non-salaried faculty leaders who are part of the College of Medicine – Phoenix community.
  • Enhance Essential Skills to Lead the College of Medicine – Phoenix in Its Next Phase – Develop a faculty cohort with strong and effective leadership, communication and change navigation skills, who are well prepared to lead the next phase of the College's growth. This cohort will also foster collaboration with the College's educational, research and clinical partners, consistent with the mission and pillars of the the College of Medicine – Phoenix's Strategic Plan.
  • Instill and Reflect Academic Identity and Professionalism: Reflect the academic identity of the College's Leadership and reinforce the foundation of strong positive professionalism in all aspects of the academic community.

Educational Objectives

  • Leadership Skills – Expand skills for effective team leadership, communication, work group alignment, change navigation and problem solving, as well as skills for career advancement and expanded professional opportunities.
  • College of Medicine – Phoenix Culture and Climate – Apply leadership skills to model and foster a culture of professionalism, academic identity, humanism, reflective practice and the pursuit of excellence at College to prepare students, residents, fellows and peer faculty members to fully engage and lead in the evolving health care and academic medicine world.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Recognize individual diversity and develop skills to promote an inclusive educational, research and clinical environment at the College.
  • Sustainability – Provide resources and tools to enhance awareness and skills development designed to create sustainable and professionally satisfying career paths as leaders in the College of Medicine—Phoenix community.

Work Sessions and Executive Coaching

The 2020 Leadership Program will run from January to June 2020 and will include five group work sessions and five individual executive coaching sessions.

  • Session 1: Program Orientation – During this three-hour session, participants will identify common themes, individual goals and the nature of academic identity at the college. This session will also include an active discussion on diversity and inclusion at the college and the role of leadership in advancing a culture of professionalism and inclusion.
  • Session 2: Foundation for Leadership – This 1.5-day work session (afternoon/evening session and full day following) will provide a framework for leadership and addressed what drives individual behavior, the elements of high-achieving work groups and teams, individual leadership styles and setting and achieving ambitious goals.
  • Session 3: Career Advancement and Mentoring – This half-day session will provide strategies and practical resources to support career advancement at the college. It also focused on the role and function of mentoring and practical steps to advance student and peer mentoring at the College.
  • Session 4: Effective Communication – This one-day work session on communications presents a deep dive into individual communication preferences — how to receive and provide information effectively in light of varied communication preferences, as well as how to handle conflict and minimize miscommunication.
  • Session 5: Momentum – Applied Skills to Bridge Organizations and Sites – Participants will began this half-day work session with a learning component focusing on leading through change. The group then worked together to apply leadership skills to leading teams across organizations and sites and effectively addressing differing expectations, incentives and cultures.


  • Online Assessments – Each participant will take three individual assessments. The first assessment provides individualized data to participants on what drives their workplace behavior. The second focuses on leadership behaviors. The third provides insight into individual communication styles and preferences.

Leadership Program Participants

2019-2020 Cohort (Current)

Mira Milas, MD
Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery, and Division Chief, Endocrine Surgery, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Vice Chair, Academic Affairs,  Banner – UMC Phoenix


Donna Holland, MD
Associate Professor, Child Health and Internal Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Director, Internal Medicine Pediatric Residency, Banner – UMC Phoenix and Phoenix Children's Hospital


Nilda Franco, MD
Division Chief, Hospitalist Medicine, and Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Banner – UMC Phoenix


Mohan Belthur, MD
Service Line Director, Limb Reconstruction Orthopedics, and Associate Professor, Child Health, Phoenix Children's Hospital



Amanda Cattelino, MD
Assistant Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, and Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Banner – UMC Phoenix and the Phoenix VA Health System


Michelle Huddleston, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Pediatric Residency, and Assistant Professor, Child Health and Internal Medicine, Banner – UMC Phoenix and Phoenix Children's Hospital


Joyce Lee-Ianotti, MD
Director, Sleep Center, Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship, and Assistant Professor, Neurology, Banner – UMC Phoenix


Elizabeth Westfall, MD
Vice Chair, Radiology, Chair, Radiology P&T Committee, and Associate Professor, Radiology, Banner – UMC Phoenix


Ayrn O’Connor, MD
Director, Toxicology Fellowship, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Banner – UMC Phoenix and Phoenix Children's Hospital


Kris Samaddar, MD
Chief of Medical Staff and Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, HonorHealth


2018-2019 Cohort Graduates

Glen Fogerty, PhD
Associate Dean, Admissions and Recruitment, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Emily Mallin, MD
Director of Education, Department of Medicine, Banner – UMC Phoenix

Ankur Mishra, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Banner – UMC Phoenix

Deveroux Ferguson, PhD
Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Taben Hale, PhD|
Associate Professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Kevin Hirsch, MD
Interim Department Chair, Radiology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and Banner – UMC Phoenix

Lisa Shah-Patel, MD
Director, Career and Professional Advising, Student Affairs, and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Will Heise, MD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Family, Community and Preventive Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Vasu Bhavaraju, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Child Health, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Chief Medical Education Officer and DIO, Phoenix Children's Hospital 

Johnny Lifshitz, PhD
Professor, Department of Child Health, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Natasha Keric, MD
Clerkship Director, Surgery, Banner – UMC Phoenix

Jennifer Preston, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery, Banner – UMC Phoenix

2015-2016 Cohort Graduates

Christina R. Bergin
Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, and Director Electives, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Jonathan Zed Cartsonis
Director, Rural Health Professions Program, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Rebecca E Fisher
Professor (with tenure), Basic Medical Sciences, and Director, Gross Anatomy Lab, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Lisa M. Grimaldi
Associate Professor, Child Health, and Student Advisor, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Kurt E. Gustin
Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Susan Kaib
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Linda Robin Nelson
Pre-Clinical Block-RDG and Director, Faculty Development, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Cynthia Standley
Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Brigham C Willis
Senior Associate Dean, Medical Education Program, UC-Riverside School of Medicine

Graham Kerr Whitfield
Assistant Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Teresa Wu
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Director Simulation Curriculum, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Tina L Younger
Assistant Professor and Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

2014-2015 Cohort Graduates

Katie Brite
Associate Dean, Clinical Curricular Affairs, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Tara Cunningham
Senior Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Icahn School of Med at Mount Sinai

Rayna Gonzales
Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Jennifer Hartmark Hill
Assistant Professor, Director, Capstones, and Program Director, Community Faculty Development, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Cheryl O'Malley
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and 

Christine Savi
Lead Management Analyst, Federal Reserve Board

Paul Standley
Associate Dean, Curricular Affairs and Evaluation, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Karen Restifo
Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Keck School of Med of USC

Erin Nelson
Assistant Dean, Admissions and Outreach, and Director, Prep for Practice and Psych Immersion Program, TCU

Matthew McEchron
Professor, Director Scholarly Projects, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Jennifer Allie
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development, TCU

Maria Manriquez-Sanchez
Director Pathways Program, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix