2020-2021 ASL Advisors and Faculty Bios


 (Click on each name for bio.)

ASL Advisory Committee Chair:

Nancy Hueppchen, MD-Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

ASL Program Director:

Deb DaRosa, PhD-Northwestern University


Scott Petersen, MD-George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS, PhD-University of California—San Francisco

Archana Pradhan, MD-Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Anthony Shanks, MD-Indiana University School of Medicine


Lee Learman, MD, PhD-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Frank Ling, MD-Foundation for Excellence

David Rogers, MD-University of Alabama—Birmingham

Frank T. Stritter, PhD-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Debra A. DaRosa, PhD

Dr. Debra DaRosa is Professor Emerita of Surgery and Medical Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSOM).   She began her academic career in surgical education in 1980 and has dedicated the majority of that time to developing and delivering faculty development programs, pursuing educational research and consulting with clinical departments, hospitals, and professional societies.  She has published over 125 abstracts, papers and book chapters, and has presented her research, keynote addresses, and faculty development programs at regional, national and international forums.

Dr. DaRosa was the first non-clinician elected President of the International Association for Surgical Education, was made an honorary member of the Association of Women Surgeons and is one of two non-surgeons awarded an honorary membership to the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  On a personal note, she is the grandmother of four grandchildren, mother of two adult children and wife of one husband!

Highlighted publications:

Trainee Autonomy and Patient Safety.
George BC, Dunnington GL, DaRosa DA. Ann Surg. 2017 Nov 21. PMID:29166357

Effect of Ongoing Assessment of Resident Operative Autonomy on the Operating Room Environment.
Fryer JP, Teitelbaum EN, George BC, Schuller MC, Meyerson SL, Theodorou CM, Kang J, Yang A, Zhao L, DaRosa DA. J Surg Educ. 2017 Mar 28. PMID: 28363675

Use of cognitive task analysis to guide the development of performance-based assessments for intraoperative decision making.
Pugh CM, DaRosa DA. Mil Med. 2013 Oct;178(10 Suppl):22-7. PMID:24084302

A theory-based model for teaching and assessing residents in the operating room.
DaRosa DA, Zwischenberger JB, Meyerson SL, George BC, Teitelbaum EN, Soper NJ, Fryer JP. J Surg Educ. 2013 Jan-Feb;70(1):24-30. PMID: 23337666


Nancy A. Hueppchen, MD

Dr. Nancy Hueppchen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is Chair of the medical school’s Clinical Skills and Clerkship Directors’ Committee, as well as a voting member of the Admissions and Student Promotions committees. In 2010, she was awarded the JHU SOM Professors Award for Excellence in Basic and Clinical Science Teaching.

Dr. Hueppchen is a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine, completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and her Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is also a graduate of the APGO Scholars and Leaders program (Class of 2005), past Chair of APGO’s Undergraduate Medical Education Committee and a member of the APGO Board. As a representative of APGO, Dr. Hueppchen is a member of the AAMC’s Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) and serves on the Alliance of Clinical Education (ACE). She has presented both workshops and original educational research at several APGO and CREOG meetings and has published in the area of medical education.


Lee Learman, MD, PhD

Doctor Learman joined the ASL faculty in 2009 and is thankful for this opportunity to support the important work of APGO and one of its most impactful faculty development programs.  A former APGO/Solvay Scholar (2001-02) Doctor Learman succeeded Frank Ling to serve as an ASL Advisor from 2006-2019 and Bill Herbert to serve as ASL Advisory Committee Chair from 2012-2018.  He currently serves as a member of the APGO Development Committee and the APGO Educational Research & Scholarship Committee.

Doctor Learman received his MD and PhD degrees at Harvard University in a program supported by the MacArthur Foundation to establish physician-scientists in the social science disciplines. He completed his Ob/Gyn residency at UCLA.  On July 1, 2019, Doctor Learman was appointed as Dean and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He is excited to join the leadership team at a new medical school with enormous opportunities for innovation in medical education and scholarship.

The prior 25 years of his career included 14 years on the faculty at UCSF, where he was Professor of Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences, Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Director of Curricular Affairs for GME, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee for UCSF’s Academy of Medical Educators. From 2008 to 2015, Doctor Learman served as the Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and OBGYN Chair in the IU School of Medicine, where he was also Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.  As Chair, he worked to support a culture of service excellence (clinical, teaching, research), evidence-based medicine, community engagement, humanism and diversity.  From 2015-2019, Doctor Learman served as Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Academic Affairs at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

Doctor Learman is active in national service roles outside of APGO spanning the continuum of medical student education (USMLE Step 2 Committee, Management Committee, Epi/Biostat Interdisciplinary Review Committee), graduate medical education (CREOG Council Chair, RRC member, ACGME/ABOG/ACOG Milestones Committee member), post-residency (ABOG Examiner) and continuing medical education (Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Board Member, Editor-In-Chief (Gynecology) for the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey).  He is Past President of the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, having served as President from 2016-18 and a founding board member since the organization’s inception in 2012.

Doctor Learman’s research interests include hysterectomy and alternative treatments, studies of patient preference and clinical decision-making and topics in medical education including curriculum development and evaluation, the formation of professional identity, and learner assessment. His collaborative work on assessing reflective practice in Ob/Gyn residents received the 2008 Best Paper by an Established Investigator Award from Division I of the American Educational Research Association. Two other papers were recipients of ACOG’s Roy M. Pitkin Award.  He is a peer reviewer for a variety of specialty journals as well as JAMAand Academic Medicine.  His clinical niche is the comprehensive assessment and treatment of women with chronic pelvic pain.


Frank Ling, MD

Frank W. Ling, M.D. is a native of Evanston, Illinois and is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and subsequently served an internship in Wilmington, Delaware, and residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.  He remained on faculty, serving in various roles including Student Clerkship Director, Asst. Dean for Student Affairs, Residency Director, and Director of Gynecology.  He was the Chairman of the Department from 1994 through 2003.

Dr. Ling is currently a partner in Women’s Health Specialists, a private obstetrics and gynecology practice in Germantown, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis.  He is the Director for the Center for Pelvic Pain Management, which is one of five Centers of Excellence within Women’s Health Specialists. He is a Clinical Professor in the Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN.

His past positions held include: President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, President of the Tennessee Ob/Gyn Society, Chairman of the Tennessee Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Chair of the Education Committee for the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chair of the Liaison Committee for the Council of University Chairs of Ob/Gyn, member of the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology and Past President of the APGO Medical Education Foundation..

For the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he was an Oral Examiner from 1989-2013.  He is a former ABOG Director and also was Vice-President, President, and Chairman of the Board.  He has also been President and is currently Past-President for the Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Health, a foundation of ABOG.

His publication credits include 38 books edited, over 154 articles and 135 abstracts published, 54 book chapters, and 16 audio/video productions.

In addition, Dr. Ling has been cited annually as one of the “Best Doctors in America” as published by Woodward and White, one of “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical, and was named one of the “Top 401 Doctors for Women” in the United States by Good Housekeeping.  Local honors include the “Good Guy” award in the field of health care for women awarded by the Memphis Women’s Political Caucus and being listed as one of the top physicians in Memphis by Memphis Magazine.

Dr. Ling’s clinical interests, beyond student and resident education, include pelvic pain, vestibulodynia, and primary care of women.

Scott Petersen, MD

Scott Petersen, MD, is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has a B.S. in Biology (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Oregon and attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. He completed residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship training at Johns Hopkins. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is on the Board of Directors for the Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), and an education committee member for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). He is currently an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and recently completed his tenure as the residency program director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, MD. He served 24 years in the Army Medical Corps and received multiple awards to include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the “A” designator for academic achievement and was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Petersen is a technical advisor to the Survive and Thrive program advancing global health initiatives and education and serves on the Global Operations Advisory Group for ACOG as well as the Global Health Committee for SMFM. He serves as a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals including, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Editorial Board member), Transfusion, BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of Reproductive Immunology, Journal of Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound. He recently served out his term as the Armed Forces District (AFD) Army section chair, has been named the AFD mentor of the year, and is the AFD Champion for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders for ACOG. His research interests include prenatal diagnosis, novel fetal therapies, medical student and resident education, and global health.

Archana Pradhan, MD

Archana Pradhan is the Associate Dean for Education at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Archana is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. Archana earned an MD from Duke, an MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill in maternal and child health and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, NY.

At RWJMS, Archana has played an instrumental role in developing systems such as clinical activity tracking as well as programs such as the Primary Ambulatory and Community Clerkship Experience and the Academic Clinical Experience Summer Program. She is a national leader in educating learners about women’s health care. Archana is a graduate of the APGO Scholars and Leaders program (Class of 2005), and past Chair of APGO’s Undergraduate Medical Education Committee. She is currently on the board of the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and is the Chair of the Educational Research Committee. Archana serves as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Archana’s academic interests include using technology to enhance educational outcomes, performing research in the area of curriculum development, developing interactive medical education tools, and using real-time data to develop system-wide solutions.

David Rogers, MD

Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the Departments of Surgery, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Medical Education and Pediatrics and an adjunct appointment in the Collat School of Business. He has served as the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the School of Medicine since 2012 and in this role serves as the co-director of the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy. He was named the UAB Medicine Chief Wellness Officer (CWO) and was appointed to the ProAssurance Chair of Physician Wellness in 2018. His approach in this role is to promote team well-being by working collaboratively with many groups at UAB and UAB Medicine to provide appropriate support programs and reduce work-associated demands to the greatest extent possible. While affecting positive change at UAB Medicine, he aspires to facilitate original scholarship related to workplace wellness.

Dr. Rogers received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his general surgery training at the Medical College of Georgia.  He subsequently completed his pediatric general surgery training at the University of Tennessee and a pediatric surgery oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  He received a Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship program sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education.

Before he began his administrative leadership roles, Dr. Rogers led an active research program in surgical education and served as a surgery clerkship director. He continues to be involved in surgical education by serving as a faculty member of the American College of Surgeons as Educators’ Course and is the Course Chair of the American College of Surgeons’ Residents as Teachers and Leaders program. He also serves as a co-director of the Association for Surgical Education Surgical Education Research Fellowship. A recipient of numerous departmental and institutional teaching awards, Dr. Rogers is a 2012 recipient of an Association for Surgical Education Distinguished Educator Award.

Anthony Shanks, MD

Doctor Anthony Shanks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He graduated medical school from Indiana University before completing his OB/GYN Residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis where he served as Residency Program Director.  He returned to Indiana University in 2015 where he is the Residency Program Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director and Director of Outreach and Education.

Anthony serves on the IU School of Medicine Educational Research Committee and the Point-of-Care (POCUS) Educational Advisory Committee.   Anthony’s academic interests include integrating technology into educational endeavors and simulation training.  He is a graduate of the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program (Class of 2016) and his ASL scholarly project laid the foundation for his IU Health Values Grant to study the Integration of Simulation-Based Ultrasound Training for Medical Students, Residents and Fellows.

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS, PhD

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS, is a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), based at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).  She is the Co-director of the Fellowship in Family Planning, Director of Research and Evaluation of the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning, and Director of Innovating Education in Reproductive Health.  She received her medical degree from UCSF and also completed her residency training in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.  She then completed a fellowship in Family Planning, during which she completed a Master’s Degree in clinical research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Steinauer provides clinical care and teaching at San Francisco General Hospital.

Frank T. Stritter, PhD

Frank T. Stritter received his PhD. in Education from Syracuse University in 1968.  Although now partially retired, he is still a Professor Emeritus in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a staff member in the Office of Educational Development there and a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Education from 1971 to 2003.  He was also Director of the Office of Educational Development from 1979 through 1988 and again from 1996 through 1997. He has been the Program Director of the Academic Scholars and Leaders Program for APGO since 1997.

Faculty development, curriculum, instruction and clinical teaching, all in higher and professional education, have been his long-standing interests.  He has published studies and theoretical descriptions of his work, authored a monograph for the National Library of Medicine entitled Effective Clinical Teaching, a chapter of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Third Handbook of Research on Teaching entitled “Professional Education” and several other chapters on various aspects of teaching and learning.

He has both organized and taught in several faculty development programs for medical, dental, pharmacy and allied health faculty over the years. From 1994 until 1997, he directed one of three Centers for Research in Medical Education in the United States.  He now directs and teaches in the Educational Scholars and Leaders Program for the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He also teaches in the Residents as Leaders and Teachers program for the Council on Residency Education in OB/Gyn (CREOG). He has been active in the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Educational Research Association.  He has received the Merrill Flair Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges for lifetime achievement in medical education and the Lifetime Achievement Award from APGO for his work in women’s health education.


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