Advanced Faculty Leadership Academy Speakers

Paula K. Davis, MA

R. Kevin Grigsby, MSW, DSW

Catherine J. Morrison, JD

John Porcari, MA

Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM

Paula K. Davis, MAPaula K. Davis, MA is the assistant vice chancellor for health sciences diversity at the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Davis leads the Office of Health Sciences Diversity in promoting a diverse and inclusive environment throughout the schools of the health sciences. At the School of Medicine, she has served as assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, for student affairs, and director of diversity programs. Ms. Davis has worked in a variety of student-support fields over the past 20 years, including academic advising, admissions, alumni relations, and financial aid and has worked with pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.

Ms. Davis received her BA in English and MA in communications from the University of Pittsburgh. She was director of admissions for Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management before joining Pitt's School of Medicine in 1994. Her professional activities included a term as director of the northeast region of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, a position on the board of the LGBT Health, Education, and Research Trust, and advocacy for autism research and education. She received the 2003 Chancellor's Affirmative
Action Award.

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R. Kevin Grigsby, MSW, DSWR. Kevin Grigsby, MSW, DSW is the senior director of Member Organizational Development at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He served as Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs from 2000 – 2009 at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he continues to hold an academic appointment as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Grigsby’s clinical experience includes a history of program planning, implementation, and evaluation in the area of innovative home and community based health and mental health services. His clinical practice experience has been primarily in underserved rural and inner city areas and includes perinatal intervention with substance abusing women, mental health service delivery to children and adolescents in shelter care, provision of home-based services to parents and children with HIV related illnesses, and the use of advanced telecommunications technology in health services delivery.

During the past decade, the focus of Dr. Grigsby’s work shifted to organizational development in the academic health enterprise. His work includes developing a future-oriented perspective in academic leaders and aligning resources with missions in strategic planning. Dr. Grigsby remains active in promoting effective interpersonal and inter-professional communication within the academic health enterprise and in implementing conflict resolution/management strategies at the department and institutional levels.

The use of teams and other nontraditional organizational models in higher education settings is another area of scholarship. As an expert on the use of teams in academic medicine and science, Dr. Grigsby has presented at regional and national conferences and internationally at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He and his colleagues published an account of the use of teams to unify the clinical, academic, and research enterprises in an academic health center. This approach was instrumental in breaking down barriers separating academic departments. Traditional barriers between employees and management were reduced, faculty and staff participation in decision-making processes was promoted, and organizational problems were solved that seemed to be intractable in the past.

At the AAMC, he and his team offer programs to improve individual performance of faculty and leaders, address the needs of women and underrepresented minorities at academic medical centers, and link individual professional development to improved organizational performance.

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Catherine J. Morrison, JDCatherine J. Morrison, JD is a negotiation and conflict management expert who helps academic professionals become more capable at resolving conflicts and negotiating effective change.  She brings extensive experience as an administrator in academic medicine and an award-winning professor. She employs negotiation and conflict management frameworks that are compatible with clinical diagnostic models and bioscience research approaches and that apply across diverse cultures.

Her consulting clients include Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Duke University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University Langone Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Association of American Medical Colleges, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others.

Catherine is a two-time recipient of the Best of Hopkins teaching award from the graduates of Johns Hopkins University’s Business of Medicine MBA program. She has also received the Excellence in Teaching award from the Graduate Division of Business and Management at Johns Hopkins.

She has served in senior administrative roles at the University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Maryland Baltimore, and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; as a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School; and has practiced law.  She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degree from Oakland University.

As both a participant and an observer in academic health care management and the practice of law, Catherine recognized the transformative potential of negotiation and conflict for individuals and organizations.  Her consulting, teaching, and research are grounded in the belief that individuals can use negotiation and conflict as a means to define themselves and others.  Effective negotiation can be an opportunity to engage in a collaborative, imaginative dialogue to develop unique ideas and agreements.  When thoughtfully analyzed and appropriately managed, the energy of conflict can be used to strengthen ideas and relationships.

Catherine’s favorite place to spend time outside the classroom is in a free weights only gym.  She trains, and occasionally competes, as a power lifter.  Her current goal is to compete in the 2018 USA Powerlifting National Masters Championship.  After many years of training, she believes that her experience in the gym has enhanced her teaching and consulting capabilities.  The purpose of powerlifting is not to carry heavy burdens.  It requires mindful assessment of a seemingly immovable object and the use of exquisite form to move it forward without injuring yourself or others.  It also teaches you to know your own limitations and recognize that there are some burdens that should not be carried. Catherine views negotiation and conflict management in much the same way.  They both require analysis and mindful engagement with the purpose of forward movement without harm to self and others.

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John Porcari, MAJohn Porcari, MA is the Consulting Practice Leader for Third River Partners and works with senior executives and their teams to achieve dramatic positive results in their organizations. John brings a deep experience across a variety of industries including hospital and healthcare, consumer packaged goods, specialty retail, financial services, high tech and manufacturing. John has a passion for developing leaders to achieve the outcomes which matter most to them, their teams, their organization and their families.

Previously, John was a senior Human Performance executive for the global consulting firm Accenture; the Director of Performance Strategy and Solutions at Five Star Development; served as Distinguished Faculty for The Cleveland Clinic Physician’s Academy and a Human Resources Officer at Aetna Incorporated.

John holds a MA in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University, and a BA in History from State University New York College at Cortland.

He is active in his community, volunteering his time with organizations that are focused on building strong families. John and his wife, Mary Beth, are also active foster and adoptive parents.

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Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPMAnn E. Thompson, MD, MHCPM is Vice Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Thompson was previously vice chair (professional development) of the Department of Critical Care Medicine and medical director for clinical resource management at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She served as chief of pediatric critical care from 1981 to 2009 and was interim chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine from 2006 to 2008. She is a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine — only the second woman to hold that position — and she is a senior editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Thompson received her bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Chicago in 1969 and her medical degree from Boston’s Tufts University School of Medicine in 1974. After completing her pediatric residency training at the Tufts New England Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), she trained in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and did a fellowship in pediatric critical care and research at CHOP, which is where she held her first faculty position. In 2003, she received a master’s degree in health care policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

In 1981, Dr. Thompson became the director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She continued in that position until October 2015, building and maintaining a successful clinical and academic program, with one of the country’s most distinguished records in clinical outcome, research productivity, and fellowship training. She is chair of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, former chair of the subboard of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics and a past member of the RRC for Pediatrics of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies. She has lectured widely on a broad range of clinical issues in pediatric critical care at international critical care congresses in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. In the past several years, Dr. Thompson has become particularly interested in institutional administration and public policy affecting the delivery of health care services, especially those for children, and those related to critical care in general.

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