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Steering Committee - GFA

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The Group on Faculty Affairs Steering Committee is responsible for the leadership and management of GFA affairs and for approving all committee appointments. The Committee consists of three officers (Chair, Chair-Elect, and Immediate Past Chair) and seven at-large members. In addition, liaisons may be appointed from other AAMC Groups and Councils with approval of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee meets twice a year and convenes monthly for conference calls. 

The Chair presides over all GFA and Steering Committee meetings, appoints committee chairs, and performs necessary duties and functions in order to provide appropriate leadership to the GFA. In the absence of the Chair, the Chair-Elect shall fulfill the functions of the Chair. 

Committee Member Roles and Expectations 


Elza Mylona, MD, MBA 
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness
Professor of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Chair-Elect and Communications Committee Chair

Lisa D. Cain, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy, McGovern Medical School
Professor, Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry
Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs, School of Dentistry
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Past Chair and Nominating Committee Chair

Jeffrey Lyness, MD 
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

AAMC Director

Juan Amador, CAE  
Director, Constituent Engagement
Association of American Medical Colleges

Professional Development Committee Chair

Christina Runge, PhD, CCC-A
Chief, Division of Communication Sciences
Director, Koss Cochlear Implant Program
Associate Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin

Program Planning Committee Chair

Amanda Termuhlen, MD 
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Professor, Clinical Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Medical School 

Research & Scholarship Committee Chair

Kimberly Skarupski,  PhD , MPH
Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Office of Faculty Development, School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University


Erika T. Brown, PhD 
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development
Associate Professor, Pathology and Anatomy
Morehouse School of Medicine

Diana L. Gray, MD 
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Radiology
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Kathy M. Pipitone, MS 
Director of Faculty Affairs
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Kimara Ellefson 
Interim Vice President, Human Resources and Faculty Affairs
National Director for Partnerships, Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine

Jennifer Hagen, MD 
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine

COD Liaison

Deborah C. German, MD
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

CFAS Liaison

Scott D. Gitlin, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

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