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September 9, 2003

Kim M. Olthoff, MD, FACS, Selected as Fellow in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Kim M. Olthoff, MD, FACS, has been selected as a 2003-2004 Fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. Since 1995, the ELAM program, sponsored by the Institue for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, has prepared nearly 300 women to assume leadership positions in academic medicine.

Olthoff, who is the an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Associate Director of the Liver Transplant Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Program Director of Liver Transplantation at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is one of 45 senior women faculty from medical and dental schools in the U.S. and Canada to be selected this year for this prestigious honor.

"The ELAM Fellowship experience is like no other, providing time and opportunity for personal reflection and insight, application of new concepts and perspectives, and entry into an expanding network of women leaders eager to support each others' advancement," said Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., Co-Director and a founder of the program.

"There are very few women in leadership positions in medicine, particularly in the field of surgery. It is important for women in medicine to be recognized for their achievements and advance professionally in order to serve as role models and mentors for future women who choose this path," said Dr. Olthoff. "ELAM is one such program that provides this opportunity, and I am honored to have been selected."

Larry R. Kaiser, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, believes that Olthoff's fellowship is well deserved. "She is a rising star in the field of transplant surgery and one of the few women to have achieved such success at her level," said Kaiser. Olthoff earned her M.D. from the University of Chicago and completed her training in General Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles where she continued as a fellow in multiorgan transplantation. Her clinical interests include living donor liver transplantation surgery, transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma, and surgical therapy of liver cancer and biliary malignancies. Her research interests, supported by NIH funding, include the molecular mechanisms of liver recovery and regeneration after ischemic injury, resection, and transplantation, early gene expression in living donor and cadaveric liver grafts, and local modulation of allografts to enhance recovery utilizing gene transfer techniques.

The ELAM curriculum combines traditional MBA training oriented toward issues and strategies pertinent to academic health management, with personal and professional development, focused on leadership development, career advancement, communication and the use of new information/learning technologies.

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