The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. We select up to five faculty leaders each year.

Macy Faculty Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year over two years to implement an educational change project in their institution and to participate in a program of career development activities. Scholars also receive mentoring and career advice from our National Advisory Committee.


John Burkhardt, MD, PhD

University of Michigan Medical School View Profile

John Burkhardt is an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine (EM) and Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. His scholarship focuses on critically reevaluating medical education policy to increase accountability, equity, and ultimately address healthcare disparities by utilizing sophisticated quantitative methods and data science techniques to drive educational reform. He serves as chair of admissions/subject-matter expert in research for the University of Michigan MHPE program, co-director of the medical student longitudinal elective in medical education, and Director of Resident Research and Scholarly Development in EM.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Burkhardt will test the effectiveness of an implicit bias-focused educational interventions that incorporate personal provider-level data to advance health equity.  The goal of this work is to create practical behavior change in physicians that results in improved health outcomes in their patients.

Larry D. Gruppen, PhD, Director of the Masters of Health Professions Education program and Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School, serves as Dr. Burkhardt's mentor.


Danica Fulbright Sumpter, PhD, RN

University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing View Profile

Danica Sumpter is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing (UTSON). Dr. Sumpter has been recognized for her innovations in teaching and named a university Provost’s Teaching Fellow in 2019. Her work as chair of the Family, Public Health, and Nursing Administration Division and co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the UTSON, and with the Black Mamas Community Collective, have all fueled her aspirations of becoming an expert in anti-racist teaching praxis.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Sumpter will develop a Toolkit for Anti-Racist Teaching (T-ART). The T-ART seeks to equip and empower health professions faculty with resources and training to promote the best practices for teaching how institutionalized racism persists as a significant "pre-existing condition" underlying numerous health inequities.

Gayle M. Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FNAP, FAAN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, serves as Dr. Sumpter's primary mentor.


Benjamin Kinnear, MD, MEd

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine View Profile

Benjamin Kinnear is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in the Divisions of Hospital Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is Associate Program Director for both the Med-Peds and Internal Medicine residency programs, helping to lead competency-based assessment programs, the Medical Education Pathway for residents, and quality improvement curricula.  He has been a leader in implementing and building validity evidence for the entrustment-based program of assessment of the Internal Medicine residency program. 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Kinnear will pilot competency-based time-variable training at the University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine residency program, using a robust program of assessment to determine readiness for progression rather than time-based markers. He will study feasibility, sustainability, and how time-variable training affects learners, assessors, and members of the clinical competency committee.

Eric J. Warm, MD, FACP, the Sue P. and Richard W. Vilter Professor of Internal Medicine and Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency program at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, serves as Dr. Kinnear's mentor.


Dimitri Papanagnou, MD, MPH

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University View Profile

Dimitri Papanagnou is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of EM. In the medical school, Dr. Papanagnou oversees the Health Systems Science Thread Curriculum and the Scholarly Inquiry Track in Medical Education. He is in the final stage of completing a doctorate (EdD) in adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Papanagnou will develop and evaluate a curriculum in uncertainty in clinical practice. The vertically-aligned, interprofessional curriculum will leverage action learning to support students as they work through the productive struggle and cognitive dissonance encountered in the clinical learning environment.

Deborah J. Ziring, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Medical Education at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, serves as Dr. Papanagnou's mentor.


Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, ARNP, RN

University of Washington School of Nursing View Profile

Tatiana Sadak is an associate professor, director of undergraduate nursing education, and an experienced geropsychiatric nurse practitioner at the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing. She is a pivotal member of the Dementia Action Collaborative, which is charged with developing and implementing a plan to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in the state of Washington, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She has been named a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Her mission is transforming nursing profession by teaching dementia-specific competencies across the full arc of professional development. 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Sadak will create and implement an innovative interprofessional educational program for undergraduate nursing students that focuses on cultivating dementia expertise and preparing students to assume leadership roles in team-based outpatient dementia care.

Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics at the UW School of Nursing and Director of Research and Training at the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (CHSIE) at UW, serves as Dr. Sadak's mentor.


Richard Greene, MD, MHPE, FACP

New York University School of Medicine View Profile

Richard E. Greene is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Health Disparities Education at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine through the Office of Diversity Affairs. In addition, he is an Associate Program Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. In these roles, Dr. Greene participates in the development and inclusion of innovative curriculum on bias, diversity, health disparities, and LGBTQ topics into the curriculum and culture at NYU.  

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Greene will develop curriculum at the intersection of health disparities, clinician bias, and structural competence across the UME and GME spectrum and develop an assessment model to evaluate the development of knowledge and skills in these areas in learners.

David T. Stern, MD, PhD, FACP, Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Internal Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, serves as Dr. Greene's mentor.


Amanda Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN

Creighton University College of Nursing View Profile

Amanda J. Kirkpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Creighton University College of Nursing (CUCON). She is Chair of CUCON’s Undergraduate Curriculum and Assessment Committee, President of the Iota Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, and a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar (2016–2018, Villanova University). Dr. Kirkpatrick has received recognition for excellence in teaching, innovation, and research in the areas of interprofessional education, simulation, and palliative care. She aspires to be a national leader in health science education by promoting interprofessional competence development and relationship-based caring among students and clinicians through Virtual Interprofessional Simulations (VISion). 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Kirkpatrick plans to evaluate and disseminate VISion as a new clinical model, providing widespread access to established and standardized VISion guidelines, validated and diversified VISion scenarios, and expanded interprofessional palliative care course enrollment.

Gail M. Jensen, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FNAP, Dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies and Vice Provost for Learning and Assessment at Creighton University, serves as Dr. Kirkpatrick's mentor.


Barret Michalec, PhD

Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation View Profile

Barret Michalec, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER), and an Associate Professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Dr. Michalec’s work explores socialization and professionalization processes and mechanisms nested within health professions education, inter-personal/professional interactions in the healthcare setting, disparities in health and the health professionals, and the experience of empathy among future and current healthcare providers.  

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Michalec will spotlight the value of teaching empathy in an interprofessional education setting through his program, Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect, & Mindfulness (I-TEAM).  With I-TEAM, Dr. Michalec introduces the notion of developmentally progressive "workouts" to stretch and strengthen health profession students' empathy "muscles" as well as enhance communication skills, self- and other-awareness, and potentially promote "empathic resilience."   

Christine Arenson, MD, co-director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota, serves as Dr. Michalec's mentor.


Rachel Marie Salas, MD, MEdHP, FAAN

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine View Profile

Rachel Salas is an Associate Professor in Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the School of Nursing. She is the Director of the Neurology Clerkship and the Director for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPCP) for the School of Medicine, and she is a faculty advisor for the Master of Education in the Health Professions program at Johns Hopkins School of Education. Dr. Salas is Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Consortium of Clerkship Directors and a Co-Director for Interprofessional Teaming for the High Value Practice Academic Alliance. 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Salas will create and implement The Interprofessional Exemplar Program: A Certificate Program to Recognize, Develop, and Nurture Faculty as IPCP Role Models. The program aims to foster the development of skills needed to be a successful IPCP role model, cultivate an educational environment that facilitates excitement and innovation around IPCP and professional identity, and develop an educational environment that promotes recognition and encourages the joy of medicine for IPCP teaching faculty across disciplines.

Antoinette S. Ungaretti, PhD, Director of the Master of Education in the Health Professions program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, serves as Dr. Salas's mentor.


Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA

University of Minnesota Medical School View Profile

Michael Westerhaus is an Assistant Professor of Global Medicine at the University of Minnesota. In this role, he utilizes experiential and action-based methods to teach social medicine that elevates the critical consciousness of health professionals. As a primary care clinician at the Center for International Health, he bears witness to and supports refugee efforts to draw on social and cultural assets to seek health. As co-founder of the Social Medicine Consortium, Dr. Westerhaus leads efforts with a global community of educators who merge transformative pedagogy with strategic community organizing to mobilize power for advancing health equity. He aims to understand and respond to structural forces that create social conditions leading to health inequities. 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Westerhaus will design, implement, institutionalize, and evaluate an experiential social medicine curriculum on the structural determination of health and how to lead social change for University of Minnesota learners who aspire to be health workers.  

Joia S. Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health and Associate Professor in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, serves as Dr. Westerhaus's mentor.

Our Advisory Committee

Our National Advisory Committee guides the Macy Faculty Scholars Program and provides Scholars with career advice.

Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD, ML

Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

David M. Irby, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (HON), FAAN

Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, Emerita, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Professor, Emerita, UCSF School of Nursing

Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD

George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Christine A. Tanner, RN, PhD, FAAN

AB Younmans-Spaulding Distinguished Professor, Emerita, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing