Mayers Lecture to focus on 'Leadership, Collaboration and Change in Health Care'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Dr. James K. Stoller, head of Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy, will give the 17th annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom on the Penn State University Park campus. The lecture, titled "Leadership, Collaboration and Change in Health Care," is sponsored by Penn State’s Department of Health Policy and Administration and Mount Nittany Medical Center. It is free and open to the public. 

Stoller is a noted pulmonary/critical care physician and chairman of the Education Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. In addition, he is a member of the Respiratory Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, where he also served previously as the vice chairman of medicine and as executive director of physician leadership development. He holds the Jean Wall Bennett Professorship of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the Samson Global Leadership Academy Endowed Chair. He also has a secondary appointment as a professor of organizational behavior in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Stoller’s current clinical research interests focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and especially alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and on strategies of care delivery, especially regarding respiratory therapy. He earned a medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine in 1979 and went on to complete an internship and residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.

Stoller has been honored with numerous awards including the 27th Egan Lecturer award and the Forrest Bird M.D. Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award, and he was named a Fellow and Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Association for Respiratory Care. He is also a recipient of the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and he received the Best Morning Report Teaching Attending award from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Division of Medicine. Stoller has been continuously included in the Best Doctors in America list and in America’s Top Doctors.

Stanley P. Mayers Jr., co-founder of Penn State’s undergraduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), retired after a distinguished 26-year career with Penn State. During that time, he served as HPA department head, associate dean for undergraduate studies and associate dean for academic studies in the College of Health and Human Development. He brought extensive experience in public health and critical perspectives on the role of medicine in society to his students and colleagues.

The Stanley P. Mayers Jr. Health Policy and Administration Excellence Endowment is aimed at enhancing students’ education and increasing faculty expertise in areas that will continue to honor Mayers’ contributions as a professor, administrator and philanthropist. The endowment was initiated by Mayers and has been enlarged by contributions from alumni, faculty and staff.

Contact Joyce Hanscom at if you are interested in attending or for more information.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015