UW School of Medicine Rising Leaders is a course designed to bring practical leadership skills to School of Medicine faculty who are new to leadership or aspiring to new leadership roles, as well as help build connections and community across our system. We created this program to develop leadership skills across the School of Medicine and to help our faculty thrive in new leadership roles.

This course consists of ten monthly sessions on Tuesday afternoons and covers topics including principles of adaptive leadership, team building, coaching, managing conflict, and more.

Course Information

2023-2024 Agenda

Each session occurs monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 1-5pm except for April, which is on the third Tuesday. Dates are subject to change.

September 12, 2023 Understanding Yourself as a Leader
October 10, 2023 Inclusive Leadership and Collaborative Teams
November 14, 2023 Principles of Adaptive Leadership
December 12, 2023 Leading Change and Strategies for Effective Communication
January 9, 2024 Strategic Planning and Understanding Your Organization
February 13, 2024 Managing Conflict
March 12, 2024 Coaching, Mentoring, and Sponsoring as a Leader
April 16, 2024* Negotiation and How to Manage Teams
May 14, 2024 Key Financial Concepts
June 11, 2024 Career Advancement and Course Recap

* third Tuesday of the month

2023-2024 Cohort

Nauzley Abdeni, MD, MSc Medicine – Gerontology & Geriatric Med Ali Lewis, MD, FACOG Obstetrics & Gynecology
Maryam Asif, MD, MBBS Lab Medicine & Pathology Adrianne Maurer, ARNP, MSN Medicine – Heme Onc
Tamara Atkins, MD Family Medicine Radhika Narla, MD Medicine – Metabolism, Endocrinology, & Nutrition
Jessica Bender, MD MPH Medicine – GIM Barbara Norquist, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology
Rebekah Burns, MD Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine Ari Pollack, MD, MSIM Pediatrics – Nephrology
Andrew Chen, MD Ophthalmology Christine Rehwald, MD Radiology
Judy Chen, MD, FACS, FASMBS Surgery – General, GI Tomoko Sairenji, MD, MS Family Medicine
Anita Chopra, MD Medicine – General internal Medicine Erin Schoenfelder Gonzalez, PhD Psychiatry – Children’s
Nathan Cross, MD, MS, CIIP Radiology – Neuroradiology Javeed Shah, MD Medicine – Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Arielle Davis, MD Neurology Jonathan Sham, MD, MBBE Surgery, General
Luis Gonzalez-Cuyar, MD Lab Medicine & Pathology Breana Taylor, MD Neurology
Nicholas Johnson, MD, FACEP, FCCM Emergency Medicine Ivana Thompson, MD, MSCI, FACOG Obstetrics & Gynecology – Family Planning
Siddhartha Kapnadak, MD Medicine – PCCM Kathryn Weaver, MD Medicine – Metabolism, Endocrinology, & Nutrition
Joy Kawamura, PhD Psychiatry – Children’s Andrea Wills, PhD Biochemistry
Stephanie Kraft, JD Pediatrics – Bioethics & Palliative Care Susan Wong, MD Medicine – Nephrology
Michael Levitt, MD Neurological Surgery Smita Yadav, PhD Pharmacology

Past Rising Leaders Speakers

Past Rising Leaders speakers have included:

Trish Kritek, MD, EdM – Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care

Giana Davidson, MD, MPH – Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Associate Professor Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery

Paula Houston, EdD – Chief Equity Officer, Office of Healthcare Equity UW Medicine

Tom Staiger, MD – Medical Director University of Washington Medical Center, Professor Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Anne Browning, PhD – Associate Dean for Well-Being

Lauge Sokol-Hessner, MD – Clinical Associate Professor Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

David Morgenroth, MD – Vice Chair and Professor for Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA – Division Chief General Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital   Professor of Pediatrics University of Washington

Sara Kim, PhD – Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement UW School of Medicine, Research Professor, Department of Surgery

Kemi Doll, MD – Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Project Lead, Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African-Americans (ECANA)

Mike Myint, MD – Chief Population Health Officer at UW Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases


In addition to the Rising Leaders curriculum, we also invite leaders from the UW Medicine community to share their leadership experiences and journeys with us during the Voices of Our Leaders series.

Past Voices of Our Leaders Guest Speakers:

Geoff Baird MD, PhD – Professor & Chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Shaquita Bell, MD – Senior Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Professor Department of Pediatrics

Beth Buffalo, PhD – Professor & Chair, Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Tim Dellit, MD – Interim CEO of UW Medicine and Interim Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Disease

2022-2023 Cohort

Andres Barria, Physiology and Biophysics Kate Debiec, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Brad Rolf, Medicine – Genetics Kristina Dzara, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Brittany Barber, Otolaryngology Lauren Whiteside, Emergency Medicine
Bryan Balmadrid, Medicine – Gastroenterology M. Kennedy Hall, Emergency Medicine
Christina Lam, Pediatrics – Genetics Mallory Kremer, Obstetrics and Gynecology
David Horne, Medicine – PCCM Mattie Pioro, Medicine
Deborah Crane, Rehabilitation Medicine Matt Cunningham, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Eric Morrell, Medicine – PCCM Michelle Cowan, Surgery
Estell Williams, Surgery Molly Rosenthal, Medicine – General Internal Medicine
Heather Ranney, Obstetrics and Gynecology Nita Khandelwal, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Jacob Doll, Medicine – Cardiology Ramanpreet Toor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jennifer Chao, Ophthalmology Sara Vora, Pediatrics – Infectious Disease
Jennifer Davis, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Susan Ferguson, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jennifer Ray, Medicine – Gastroenterology Todd Blumberg, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Johnnie Orozco, Medicine – Oncology Ying Zhang, Family Medicine
Jonathan Cogen, Pulmonary – Pediatrics