Health system showcases new hires, promotions and awards

August 06, 2009

To recognize the achievements of faculty, staff, students and volunteers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Penn State College of Medicine, the following list of new hires, promotions, awards and honors that may be of public interest has been compiled for the quarter of April 1 to June 30.

New Hires and Promotions

James Fanning has been named chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Fanning is a nationally known gynecologic oncologist with more than 18 years of clinical experience. He is a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has received 14 National Faculty Resident Teaching Awards. He has been invited to speak at more than 70 national meetings and has published more than 220 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Fanning's special interests are laparoscopic and robotic gynecologic oncology surgery.

Awards and Honors

Deborah Davis, manager of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Employment Equity, is one of the local role models featured in the exhibit “Voices: African-American and Latina Women Share Their Stories of Success” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit was designed to raise awareness about the critical need for young girls to have visible role models. Adapted from the Pennsylvania Commission for Women’s successful book of the same name, the exhibit will be on display at the museum through March 2010. Both the book and the exhibit portray 50 African American and Latina women through stunning portraits and stories told in their own words. Each woman featured in the exhibit is a Pennsylvania resident who has reached the top of her field in law, medicine, communications, business, technology, the arts, education or government. Eight of the featured role models are from the Harrisburg area.

Luanne Thorndyke, associate dean for professional development and professor of medicine, received the YMCA’s Women of Excellence honor. A board-certified internist with a certification in geriatrics and menopausal medicine, Thorndyke continues to have an active clinical practice in women’s health and geriatrics. She has expanded responsibilities for activities to recruit, develop and retain faculty, mentorship, postdoctoral fellow/scholarship development, study leave/sabbaticals, and faculty awards and honors. She oversees Continuing Education and is responsible for faculty public service and outreach in the College of Medicine. She facilitates initiatives in women’s leadership development, including the annual Women’s Leadership Summit at the Medical Center and the bi-annual Women Leading Women conference.

Shou Ling Leong, professor and associate vice chair for education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, was the recipient of the 2009 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine President’s Award. This award was presented to Leong and four other project co-leaders for leading a team of talented educators to create Web-based virtual patient cases for medical student education. As predoctoral director and clerkship director for family medicine, Leong has been developing and implementing Web-based cases for medical education since 1995. She developed Family Medicine Online, a set of Web-based cases at Penn State College of Medicine, and was among the first to establish the efficacy and acceptance of Web cases in the literature.

Barbara Ostrov, chief of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and the Department of Pediatrics, administrative vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and professor of pediatrics and medicine, is one of 53 senior women faculty selected for the 2009-10 class of fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine. ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. The new fellows represent 49 medical, dental, and public health schools.

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