Stephanie B. Abbuhl, MD

Stephanie Abbuhl MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Emergency of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn and, over the years, has served in several leadership positions including Medical Director for 14 years; Fellowship Director, Interim Chair, and Vice Chair since 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine for a total of 35 years of clinical and educational service. Dr. Abbuhl’s research interests include operational issues in emergency medicine, and faculty development, particularly concerning women’s careers in medicine. She has over 100 publications and serves as a peer reviewer for two prominent emergency medicine journals.


Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has been the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a unique faculty development program funded by the Dean to recruit, retain and promote women faculty and to promote women’s health research. In this role, she has been involved in many key gender equity initiatives within the School of Medicine, across the University, and nationally. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the AAMC’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl’s experience with numerous innovative FOCUS initiatives led to the collaboration with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso, as joint-PIs, on the unique RO1 funded NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) study. Dr. Abbuhl’s recent awards have included the 2012 AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, a national honor in recognition of her research and programmatic work on promoting women’s biomedical careers; the 2013 Trustee’s Council of Penn Women-Provost Award at Penn for her leadership in advancing women at the University of Pennsylvania; and the 2015 Arthur Asbury Outstanding Mentoring Award at the Perelman School of Medicine.