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APHC Officers & At-Large Directors


President - Dennis H. Novack, MD
Associate Dean of Medical Education
Professor of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine

Past President, Board of Directors - Thomas D. Harter, PhD
Director, Department of Bioethics and Humanities
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Gundersen Health System

President - Elect Michelle Schmude, EdD, MBA

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Associate Professor of Medical Education, Department of Medical Education
Geisinger College of Health Sciences

Treasurer - Tanja Adonizio, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Secretary - Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
Associate Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

At-Large Directors

Halle B. Ellison, MD, MAS, PSHQ, FACS
Director of Student Wellness
Geisinger College of Health Sciences

Stacey Rose, MD
Associate Director for the Center of Professionalism 
Baylor College of Medicine

Carlos S. Smith, DDS, MDiv
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Director of Ethics Curriculum
Associate Professor
Dental Public Health and Policy
Virginia Commonwealth University

Lolita Alkureishi, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Director, Ambulatory Care Residency Program
Director, Pediatric Clerkship
University of Chicago Medicine

Marco Antonio de Carvalho Filho, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Innovation and Research in Education
Utrecht University

Student Member

Rachell Pittmann, MS-HPEd, MS-CCC-SLP
Assistant Dean of Interprofessional Practice
Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
MGH Institute of Health Professions