2024-2025 ASL Advisor and Faculty Bios



Nancy A. Hueppchen, MD, Chair, ASL Advisory Committee

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.

Nicole Borges, PhD, ASL Program Director

Dr. Borges is Chair, Department of Medical Education at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, and Edward Tulloh Krumm Professor of Medical Education. She has worked in medical education for over 25 years and has had a progressive administrative career at medical schools and academic health centers holding titles of Director of Medical Education Research, Assistant Dean of Medical Education Research and Evaluation, and Chief Education Officer, Research and Scholarship. In addition to her administrative roles, she is an active medical education researcher. Dr. Borges’ research interests include personality and medical specialty choice, physician career development, noncognitive factors contributing to student success, team-based learning, medical education, and health topics related to medical education. She reviews for numerous journals and is the author/co-author of over 95 peer-reviewed journal articles covering medical education, medical specialty choice, and career development.

Dr. Borges is currently AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) chair. She is past president for the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME) and served as Member-At-Large for AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) from 2011-2014. She served as Chair for Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) for the AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) from 2015-2017 and SGEA Chair from 2018-2019. Dr. Borges served as a steering committee member of the AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate Program (MERC) from 2017-2020. She was a member of the AAMC Careers in Medicine Advisory Committee (2013-2016). Dr. Borges also served as public member on the Council on Education for the American Veterinary Medical Association. In recognition of her work with faculty at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, she received the Faculty Mentor Award in 2009. She is the 2009 recipient of the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship Award sponsored by the American Medical Association Foundation and the American Medical Association Women Physicians Congress.

Dr. Borges is trained as a health psychologist. She is past chair for the Health Psychology Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. Dr. Borges is a Fellow, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association.

Akua Afriyie-Gray, MD

Akua Afriyie-Gray, MD, FACOG, is a subspecialty-trained pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology with a focused-practice designation in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She is the Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Division in a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Afriyie-Gray is an associate professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

Dr. Afriyie-Gray received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and her bachelor’s from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University Medical Center and additional training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. Afriyie-Gray is a member of and has served on several committees within the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the National Medical Association and the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She presents annually at multiple national research meetings, including the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics where she serves on the Board of Directors and is a graduate of the prestigious Academic Scholars and Leaders Program. Her research has focused on medical education and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Afriyie-Gray’s roles in medical education have included service as a clerkship director and in the areas of diversity and inclusion nationally at the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and during her time in Chicago. She has received multiple awards for exemplary medical and resident teaching and patient care throughout her career and was recently named one of the top ten African American doctors in Austin.

Alison Brooks, MD

Alison Brooks specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center-Parkland Hospital, Dallas. After he residency, she completed the Susan B. Frank Fellowship in Advanced Pelvic Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Brooks then returned to Parkland Hospital, where she worked within the Gynecology division at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. During this time, she became a gynecologic educational leader within the Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, receiving the CREOG Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education and the Outstanding Medical Student Faculty Teacher Award for OB-GYN.

Doctor Brooks has been appointed the director of the Reproductive Medicine Mechanism of Disease course and the director for the Women’s Health/Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship. She is an elected member of the Dell Medical School Faculty Senate. In addition, she serves as a member of the Health Care Delivery Working Group, a subcommittee of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee; and as a member of the Women’s Health Clinical Competency Committee.

Doctor Brooks is a graduate of the APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program and the APGO Surgical Scholars Program: Hysteroscopy. She is committed to improving the care of women through her clinical practice and education of medical students and residents.

Brooks lives in Austin with her husband, Kristopher Heinzman, their three children and two dogs.

Deborah Conway, MD

Dr. Deborah Conway is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. She completed her Obstetrics & Gynecology residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship in San Antonio, with an early faculty career that focused on diabetes in pregnancy. In addition to APGO, she is a member of ACOG, SMFM, AAMC Group on Educational Affairs, and was inducted into AGOS in 2018. Current academic and research interests include self-regulated learning and metacognition in medical education, medical student leadership competencies, and change management strategies in complex environments.

Dr. Conway credits her participation in the APGO ASL program (2010) for her launch into medical education leadership at her institution. She served as Assistant and Associate Dean for Curriculum from 2013-2020, before earning the job of Vice Dean for UME, where her office oversees Admissions, Student Affairs, Curriculum, and dual-degree programs for the medical school. An aficionado of leadership training and skills development, she has participated in the Society of MFM’s Daniel O’Keeffe Leadership Academy (2013) and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program (2019-20). Dr. Conway is grateful to have the chance to contribute back to the program that made such a difference in her career trajectory.

Stephanie B. Corliss, PhD, MA, is the Director for Education Evaluation and Research and Assistant Professor at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. She consults with faculty, staff, and administration and performs research and evaluation work related to teaching and learning to provide feedback to departments and the school. Stephanie has been researching the use of instructional practices to enhance the teaching and learning experience for over eighteen years.  Additionally, Dr. Corliss has taught educational psychology and instructional technology courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and currently directs a faculty fellowship in medical education and a medical education teaching practicum course for medical students obtaining an MA in educational psychology.  She has a Ph.D. in educational psychology focused on learning, cognition, and instruction and an MA in program evaluation from the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephanie’s areas of expertise include research design, survey research, program evaluation, assessment of learning and teaching, and instructional design.

Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA

Dr. Maya Hammoud is the J. Robert Willson Research Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is the Chief of Women’s Health Division, and Director of the Center for Education. Dr. Hammoud holds many leadership roles nationally. She is senior advisor for Medical Education Innovations at the American Medical Association (AMA) with a focus on health systems science and coaching. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has published five books including a book on Coaching in Medical Education. She is the past President for the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners’ Board of Directors (NBME). Dr. Hammoud is the current Principal Investigator on a $1.75 millions Reimagining Residency Grant from the AMA on transforming the UME to GME transition.

Dr. Hammoud completed her MD and MBA degrees and residency training at the University of Michigan. She has had many leadership roles in the past including Assistant and Associate Deans at Michigan and at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Her research is in medical education with a special focus on the use of technology in education and the role of academic coaching in learner’s development. She has been teaching for over 20 years and has won many teaching and leadership awards for her accomplishments including the Clinical Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award, the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Student Excellence in Teaching Award, the American Medical Association Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award, the Arab American and Chaldean Council Excellence in Health Care Award, the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Distinguished Service Award, the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Alumni Difference Maker Award, the Alliance for Clinical Education Louis N. Pangaro Medical Educator Award, and she was named Crain’s Notable Women in Health in 2020.

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) Dr. Learman succeeded Frank Ling to serve as an ASL Advisor from 2006-2019 (Advisory Committee Chair 2012-2018) and joined the ASL faculty in 2009. He has also served APGO as a member of the Board of Directors, Development Committee (current chair) and Educational Research & Scholarship Committee.

Doctor Learman was appointed as Dean and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in July of 2019. 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. 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, Dr. 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, he 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, and completed the Ob/Gyn residency at UCLA in 1994. Dr. 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.  Among his 90 publications in peer-review journals are 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).  Dr. 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 professional 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 a 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.

Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA

Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA is currently a Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Medical Education and the Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at UT Tyler, School of Medicine. She is responsible for all matters related to faculty affairs and professional development.  Prior to this role, she served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at Eastern Virginia Medical School for ten years.  In 2018, she took the lead role in the establishment of the office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness to assist the institution in consolidating all its strategic planning, accreditation, and review processes, along with critical institutional research assets, under one portfolio. Prior to coming to EVMS, she held educational leadership roles as an Assistant and Associate Dean at the Stony Brook University, Medical School and the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Her responsibilities included curriculum development and management, learner assessment, program evaluation, faculty affairs and faculty development.

As a leader in medical education, she has focused much of her attention on faculty development and leadership development.  She has created a number of longitudinal training and mentoring programs for faculty including women in medicine and sciences. She has had over 250 presentations, workshops, and posters at national and international conferences on topics about teaching, competency-based assessment, curriculum evaluation, leadership and faculty career development and has served as a co-investigator on federally funded research projects related to faculty development. Several of her publications have focused in the needs of academic faculty, including volunteer faculty and the role of faculty affairs offices and officers in medical education.

She has served in leadership roles in a variety of professional associations.  She is currently serving as the Past Chair of the Group of Faculty Affairs, AAMC. She has received a number of awards for innovation, servant leadership and institutional commitment.

Patricia S. O’Sullivan, EdD

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.


Archana Pradhan, MD

Archana Pradhan is the Associate Dean for Education at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Archana is a 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.

Anthony Shanks, MD, MS, MEd

Dr. Anthony Shanks is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He graduated medical school from Indiana University before completing 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 was the Director of Outreach and the Residency Program Director. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of OBGYN and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director. He is a lifelong learner that looks to inspire that in others. He recently completed a Master of Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Analysis from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His teaching philosophy is that learners acquire information best in a safe and engaging learning environment and leverages technology to maximize results.

He has a passion for mentorship and has developed a formalized program for students pursuing OBGYN as a specialty. He now serves as the Director of Career Mentoring for Indiana School of Medicine – the largest medical school in the country. He has led national meeting workshops on integrating technology into the educational experience at CREOG Program Director School, Society of Reproductive Medicine and the ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting. He has served on the Education Committee for both CREOG and SMFM in addition to being an Advisor for the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program. A member of the APGO Board of Directors, he approaches all aspects of education with a scholarly lens.

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.

Emily Vinas, Ed.D

Emily Vinas, Ed.D., joined Dell Medical School in 2015 as the director of educational strategy and program development for the department. All women’s health educational efforts operate under her leadership including the medical student, residency, fellowship and continuing education programs.

She is a UT Austin alum, having earned her bachelor’s degree in radio-television-film from the Moody College of Communication. She completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and her doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Houston.

APGO Staff:

Kelly Toepper
APGO Director of Meetings; Program Administrator

Molly Georgakis
APGO Executive Director