The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educators 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 scholarly project in their institution and to participate in a program of career development activities. Scholars become part of a network of peers and mentors, and receive mentoring and career advice from our National Advisory Committee and program alums.


Jennifer Best, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine View Profile

Jennifer Best is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, overseeing accreditation and educational quality improvement for 120 residency and fellowship programs. She also serves as Associate Program Director for Professional Development and Well-Being for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Best will implement the "social-belonging intervention" in the transition from undergraduate medical education to residency. Partnering with an interdisciplinary team to adapt its application for first-year residents across medical, surgical, and hospital-based specialties, she will study the longitudinal impacts of this psychological strategy on academic outcomes and engagement, and psychological and physical well-being, with a focus on underrepresented learners.     

Byron Joyner, MD, MPA, Professor of Urology and Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official for the University of Washington School of Medicine, serves as Dr. Best's mentor. 


Jessica Devido, PhD, CPNP

Duquesne University School of Nursing View Profile

Jessica Devido is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing. Her career is focused on improving maternal-child health (MCH) outcomes among vulnerable populations, and she has built a community-engaged program of research that seeks clinical solutions for MCH equity. Her board membership with The Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank, Western Pennsylvania Lactation Consultant Association, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau reflects her position as an esteemed partner in the MCH community.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Devido will develop the MCH Equity Fellowship, a program designed for undergraduate pre-licensure nursing students to promote equity, cross-cultural sensitivity, and collaboration with community stakeholders. The Fellowship will strengthen students' understanding of health equity so their approach to care is different, with focus on accountability and individual response in order to: 1) initiate a fundamental shift in learning of MCH inequities; 2) facilitate interprofessional clinical MCH competencies; and 3) increase leadership capacity through enhanced critical thinking, community engagement, and communication.

Joan R. Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Professor Emerita at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, serves as Dr. Devido's mentor.


David Diller, MD, MHPE

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California View Profile

David Diller is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). His overall career focus is improving medical education through theory-based innovation.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Diller will investigate how to improve inclusiveness in the learning environment through an asset-based approach, given existing discordances between student, faculty, and patient diversity. This model is intended to work alongside other long-term diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and will be generalizable to medical schools nationwide.

Donna Elliott, MD, EdD, Vice Dean for Medical Education and Chair, Department of Medical Education at Keck School of Medicine of USC, serves as Dr. Diller's mentor.


Sunny Hallowell, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing View Profile

Sunny G. Hallowell is an Assistant Professor and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Villanova University's M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. 

Dr. Hallowell has been recognized for her innovative mixed-methods approach to reduce medication administration errors using a game-based, immersive virtual reality simulation. Her pioneering work with nursing students in the design of virtual gaming simulations has created clinical learning environments rooted in science and social justice. As a member of Aequitas, Villanova's Presidential Task Force on Race, she is committed to cultivating positive cultural change across the campus.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Hallowell will design, develop, and test Inclusive Clinical Advocacy - Responsible Education through a web-based virtual gaming simulation (ICARE-VGS) to support healthcare providers' development of clinical and communication skills to promote equity, diversity, and belonging in the communities they serve.  

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Coordinator for Undergraduate Research at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, serves as Dr. Hallowell's mentor. 


Matthew Rustici, MD

University of Colorado School of Medicine View Profile

Matt Rustici is a Pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. He works clinically at Denver Health Medical Center in the Pediatric Emergency Department and Urgent Care, and he is also the co-director of a Transition To Residency (TTR) course at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He works nationally to foster collaboration between TTR course directors and coordinators by co-leading an annual TTR symposium and a bimonthly TTR Grand Rounds. He is the Principal Investigator of a national Delphi study establishing a consensus-based set of learning objectives for TTR courses.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Rustici will create a curricular materials compendium for TTR courses, providing free and open access to TTR teaching materials. These resources will be curated and edited from existing TTR courses and provide a complete set of materials to run a new or existing TTR course.

Rita Lee, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of Health Systems Science and Health Equity Education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, serves as Dr. Rustici's mentor.


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.

Our Advisory Committee

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

Larry D. Gruppen, PhD

Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Director of the Master of Health Professions Education Program University of Michigan Medical School

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

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, FAAN, LL

Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Carmen Portillo, PhD, RN, FAAN

Executive Deputy Dean Professor of Nursing Yale School of Nursing

Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD

George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine