Academic Scholars and Leaders Advisory Committee

ASL Home
About the Program
How to Apply
Advisory Committee
Past Graduate Projects

Academic Scholars and Leaders Advisory Committee

(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


Jody Steinauer, MD-University of California—San Francisco

Archana Pradhan, MD–Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Anthony Shanks, MD-Indiana University School of Medicine

Scott Petersen, MD–George Washington University



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.

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 Obstetric (APGO) and is the 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

Dr. Anthony Shanks, MD 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

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 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.


APGO Staff:

Kelly Toepper
APGO Associate Director, Meetings and Events, Program Administrator

Molly Georgakis
APGO Executive Director 



2130 Priest Bridge Drive, Suite 7
Crofton, MD  21114
Tel. (410) 451-9560
Fax (410) 451-9568