2022-2023 ASL Advisors and Faculty Bios


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ASL Advisory Committee Chair:

Nancy Hueppchen, MD-Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


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-Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women; Memphis, Tennessee

Patricia O’Sullivan, MD-University of California-San Francisco

David Rogers, MD-University of Alabama—Birmingham

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

Maura E. Sullivan, PhD-Keck School of Medicine of USC



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 is grateful 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 joined the ASL faculty in 2009.  Dr. Learman currently serves as a member of the APGO Board of Directors, Development Committee and Educational Research & Scholarship Committee.

In July of 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 serve as the school’s second dean and steward the next leg of the school’s journey of growth and innovation. Doctor Learman completed his Ob/Gyn residency at UCLA in 1994. The subsequent 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 Indiana University 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, 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, where he stewarded the development of FAU’s new residency and fellowship programs, as well as faculty development strategy.

Doctor Learman received his MD (1990) and PhD (1988) at Harvard University in a program supported by the MacArthur Foundation to establish physician-scientists in the social science disciplines. Doctor Learman’s medical education research and scholarly work include 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. His clinical research interests include hysterectomy and alternative treatments, patient preference and clinical decision-making.  He authored 2 clinical research papers that received ACOG’s Roy M. Pitkin Award for outstanding publication in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2004 (first author) and 2009 (senior author).  Doctor Learman is a peer reviewer for JAMA and Academic Medicine as well as women’s health specialty journals.   

In addition to his service to APGO Doctor Learman’s national service profile has spanned the continuum of medical student assessment (NBME/USMLE committees), graduate medical education (CREOG Council Chair, RRC member, ACGME/ABOG/ACOG Milestones Committee member), post-residency assessment (ABOG Examiner) and continuing medical education (Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Board Member, Editor-In-Chief (Gynecology) for the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey).  He is member of AGOS, past board member of CUCOG and past president (2016-18) of the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he served as a founding board member since the organization’s inception in 2012 through 2021.


Frank Ling, MD

Frank W. Ling, M.D. is a native of Evanston, Illinois and attended 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.

Currently, Dr. Ling is a partner in Women’s Health Specialists, a private obstetrics and gynecology practice in Germantown, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis.  He is a Clinical Professor in the Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. In addition, he is the Program Director of a new ob/gyn residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women which started its first PG1 and PG2 classes in 2021.

His past positions held include: President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics as well as 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 for 15 years, an ABOG Director and also was Vice-President, President, and Chairman of the Board.  He has also been President of 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 annually 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.


Patricia S. O’Sullivan, MD

Patricia S. O’Sullivan is Director, Education Research and Faculty Development in the Center for Faculty Educators at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. She is a professor of Medicine and Surgery and holds the Endowed Chair in Surgical Education. At UCSF she co-directs the Health Professions Education Pathway for students, residents and fellows, the faculty Teaching Scholars Program and oversees the masters and doctoral programs in health professions education given in association with other institutions. She oversees 8 certificates that faculty complete to enhance their skills as educators. She has over 40 years of experience in medical and health professions education.  Much of her research has focused on assessment both at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Her studies on the use of portfolios for assessment, initially funded by the Stemmler Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners, have expanded to include assessing reflective ability and align naturally with Entrustable Professional Activities. Recently, she has focused on research in faculty development. In the Department of Surgery she has focused on our programs for students and residents as well as mentoring others to conduct surgical education research. Dr. O’Sullivan has chaired the Research in Medical Education (RIME) Section of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the RIME Program Planning Committee and the Division for Professions Education of the American Educational Research Association. She participates on the Surgical Education Research Group and is a Surgical Education Research Fellow (SERF) mentor. Dr. O’Sullivan has undertaken educational research studies with health professionals in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and health related professions.  Her work has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the 2011 recipient of the Merrill Flair Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairs and the 2014 Distinguished Career Award for the Division in Professions Education of AERA. The Society of General Internal Medicine awarded her with a 2018 Career Achievements in Medical Education.  UCSF honored her with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award.

She is married to her husband and they have three adult children.  While working in San Francisco, she lives in the mountains outside Reno, Nevada.

Scott Petersen, MD

Scott Petersen, MD, is a practicing Maternal-Fetal medicine physician in the Washington, DC area. 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 a former member of the Board of Directors for the Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), and a former member of the 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 in both Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 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 in 2018. 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 has been a technical advisor to the Survive and Thrive program advancing global health initiatives and education and served 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 ( former 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 (Editorial Board Member). 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 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 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 A. Rogers, MD

Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the Department of Surgery, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Medical Education and Pediatrics and an adjunct appointment in the Collat School of Business. He served as the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the UAB Heersink School of Medicine from 2012 until 2021 and continues to serve 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. 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.

Dr. Rogers’s initial administrative role was as the surgery clerkship director and continues to be involved in surgical education by serving as a faculty member of the American College of Surgeons as Educators’ Course. He is also the past Chair of the American College of Surgeons’ Residents as Teachers and Leaders program. He 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

Anthony Shanks, MD, MS 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. He serves as the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of OB/GYN and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director at Indiana University.

Anthony serves on the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Education Committee, the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Education Committee and was recently selected to serve on the APGO Board of Directors. Anthony’s academic interests include integrating technology into education and ultrasound simulation. A graduate of the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program (Class of 2016), he is actively involved in medical student mentorship and has innovative educational collaborations throughout his institution.

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS, PhD

Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD, 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 directs the Bixby Center or Global Reproductive Health and the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning.  She received her medical degree and residency training at UCSF.  She then completed a fellowship in Family Planning, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research, and a PhD in Health Professions Education. Dr. Steinauer teaches and provides clinical care at SFGH, and her academic areas are family planning education and teaching learners to provide patient-centered care.

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 was Program Director of the Academic Scholars and Leaders Program from 1997 until 2015.

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 teaches in the APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program. 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.

Maura E. Sullivan, PhD

Dr. Maura Sullivan is a Professor of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar), the Vice Chair for Education in Surgery, the Associate Dean for Simulation Education in the Keck School of Medicine and the Executive Director for the Surgical Simulation and Education Center at the University of Southern California. She has a joint appointment in the Rossier School of Education where she is a Professor and a Senior Research Associate.

Dr. Sullivan obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Fairfield University, her Master of Science in nursing/critical care from the University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the Rossier School of Education at USC.  She is actively involved in the Association of Surgical Education where she is the Director of the Surgical Education Research Fellowship, and the American College of Surgeons Division of Education where she is the Co-Editor-In Chief for the Resources in Surgical Education peer review online journal.  She has published numerous peer reviewed educational research studies, is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Surgical Education and an Associate Editor for Global Surgical Education.

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