Annual Focus Award

2022 Call for Nominations

This award recognizes a faculty member at Penn Medicine whose outstanding efforts and achievements have promoted the career success, leadership, and overall quality of life for Penn women in academic medicine. 


All PSOM faculty on any of the four “full-time faculty tracks” (Tenure, Clinician-Educator, Research and Academic Clinician) and in any rank (including Emeritus) or department are eligible for nomination. 


The award committee will seek to recognize outstanding efforts to advance gender equity at the PSOM through clinical care, scholarship, mentorship, sponsorship or teaching. Examples of qualifying achievements may include one or more of the following (but are not limited to): 


Examples of nominee qualifying achievements may include one or more of the following (but are not limited to): 

  • Facilitating the advancement of women to positions of leadership within Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania community, and/or nationally;

  • Increasing the presence of women in fields where they are underrepresented;

  • Developing innovative ways to overcome obstacles to the advancement of women in academia, including maximizing flexibility in where, how and when work gets done when appropriate;

  • Assuring pay equity;

  • Creating a culture where caregiving, maternity and lactation needs are normalized and respected;

  • Mentoring and/or sponsoring of women faculty that results in academic promotion and/or successful accomplishments in clinical, teaching, and/or research endeavors;

  • Advancing the understanding of how gender affects careers in medicine and science through research efforts to address causal factors and/or interventions aimed at promoting women’s career success;

  • Offering mechanisms for professional development and recognition through the full span of a female faculty member’s career.

  • Demonstrating commitment in their work to advance issues of gender equity and inclusion. This may include contributions (e.g., research/teaching) that directly address gender roles, gender bias or discrimination or the development of policies, procedures, or other professional standards that promote gender equality;

  • Contributing to or bringing attention to gender equity issues through any or all of the following: advising, mentoring, education, creative activity/research, service, leadership or their activities that support gender equity issues

  • Implementing measures or activities that bring the gender equality and diversity process forward in new or untraditional ways.


The award will be presented during the annual FOCUS Fall Conference on Friday, October 7, 2022 and will be announced afterwards via email to all PSOM faculty.  In addition to the institutional honor that this award brings, the recipient's name will be added to the plaque that hangs alongside the Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence.


Nomination Packet must include the following (preferably in this order as a single pdf):

  • One primary nominating letter

  • Three additional letters of support (please, any other support letters beyond the limit of 3 will not be reviewed)

  • A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae


Note the following stipulations:

  • The primary nominator must also be on one of the four “full-time faculty tracks” as defined above.

  • Letters of support should generate from those currently at Penn Medicine -OR- from those who have left the institution within the last 3 years.

  • Prior recipients of this FOCUS Award (see below) are precluded from either nominating candidates or writing letters of support given they make up the Award Selection Committee along with the FOCUS Leadership. If you are interested in joining the Award Selection Committee, please write to Sue Primavera at

Kindly email the complete nomination packet as a single pdf attachment to Sue Primavera ( by no later than Sunday, July 31st.


Award History

In 2004, FOCUS introduced the FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine. This award recognizes a faculty member at Penn Medicine, male or female, whose outstanding efforts and achievements have promoted the career success, leadership and overall quality of life for Penn women in academic medicine. All Penn medical faculty on any of the four full-time tracks (Tenure, Clinician-Educator, Research and Academic Clinician) and in any rank or department are eligible for nomination, excluding those who comprise the FOCUS leadership.

This award is presented during the annual FOCUS fall conference and is also announced to all School of Medicine faculty. In addition to the institutional recognition that this honor brings, the awardee's name is added to the plaque that hangs alongside the Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. 

Eydie Miller Recieving FOCUS Award


(Special one-time tribute)
FOCUS Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephanie Abbuhl MD
Emeritus Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Co-Director of PATHWAYS Program for Penn STEMM Faculty 
Perelman School of Medicine 
University of Pennsylvania  


Susan L. Furth, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Associate Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics|
Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia



Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Diversity
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania



Judith A. Long, MD
Sol Katz Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine



Lynn M. Schuchter, MD
C. Willard Robinson Professor of Hematology-Oncology
Attending Physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Co-Program Leader: Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies Research Program, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Division Chief, Hematology-Oncology, University of Pennsylvania
Internal Advisory Board Member, University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics



Sarah E. Millar, PhD
Albert M. Kligman Endowed Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Science Research
Department of Dermatology
Director, Penn Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center



Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE
Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine
Director, Office of Clinical and Translational Research
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute
Division of Emergency Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)



Deborah A. Driscoll, MD
Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health



Emily Fox Conant, MD
Professor, Department of Radiology
Chief of Breast Imaging,Department of Radiology
Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Radiology



Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE
Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Division Chief, General Internal Medicine



Kathy N. Shaw, MD, MSCE
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Division Chief, Emergency Medicine
Director, Emergency Medical Services
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia



J. Richard Landis, PhD
Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Director, Division of Biostatistics
Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Director, Biostatistics Unit
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Faculty Co-Director, Clinical Research Computing Unit, CCEB


(Special one-time tribute)
FOCUS Visionary Leadership Award

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh
Dean, School of Medicine (2001-2011)
Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism



Judy A. Shea, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical Education Research


Jonni S. Moore, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director, Cancer Center Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility
Director, Clinical Flow Cytometry Laboratory


Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives


Jo Buyske, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Chief, Department of Surgery
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center



Karin L. McGowan, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Microbiology Laboratory
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia



Lisa M. Bellini, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Vice Chair for Education and Inpatient Services

Arthur K. Asbury Award

This annual faculty mentoring award was initiated by FOCUS in 1999 in order to create a visible and prestigious way to formally recognize the critical value of mentoring in academic medicine. In 2004, at the request of the Dean, the award became one of the School of Medicine Awards of Excellence, the Arthur K. Asbury Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring. FOCUS is pleased and honored by the evolution of this award to a permanent place among the other School of Medicine awards and to have been the foundation for this Award of Excellence for Mentoring.

As a FOCUS award from 1999- 2003, this mentoring award was given to a faculty member chosen from the entire School of Medicine community who, according to the collective opinion of the University of Pennsylvania women medical faculty, served as an exceptional mentor to other faculty. All faculty, male or female and of any rank or track, were eligible for nomination. The Directors and Co-Directors of FOCUS and the Leadership Mentoring Program were not eligible for this award. While the definition of an outstanding mentor is complex, the following paragraph is a beginning:


A mentor is a trusted guide who supports and facilitates a mentee's development towards the realization of his/her short and long-term career and life goals. A mentor educates, encourages, protects, and facilitates appropriate risk taking to teach the values and skills necessary to successfully navigate the organization. A mentor also opens access to institutional resources and helps the mentee to develop a network of relationships that might otherwise be unavailable to someone at that level of their career and, in so doing, may risk putting his/her own career “on the line.”

The recipient of the FOCUS Mentoring Award for Excellence received a plaque and a $1,000 monetary prize.

(As a FOCUS Mentoring Award, 1999-2003)



Allan I. Pack, MB, ChB, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine



Emma A. Meagher, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology



Jane M. Lavelle, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics



Helen Conrad Davies, PhD
Professor, Microbiology


1999 (a tie)

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
Professor, Medicine; Director, Institute on Aging;
Chief, Geriatrics

Annemarie Weber, MD
Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics