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Luanne Thorndyke is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).  She leads the Office of Faculty Affairs, and oversees all matters related to faculty, including faculty development; academic affairs (appointment, promotion and tenure); gender and equity issues.

Prior to joining UMMS, she was Associate Dean for Professional Development at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine/Hershey Medical Center and previously Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education. She established the Penn State Jr. Faculty Development Program, a program that has also been implemented at UMass and is a national model for faculty development and mentoring.

A graduate of Duke University and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, she is a board-certified internist and geriatrician. Scholarly interests include faculty development, mentoring, leadership and advancement of women, and faculty competencies.

Dr. Thorndyke is past-Chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs, and the GFA Membership & Nominating Committee, and a member of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science, and Group on Diversity and Inclusion.   She was recognized with the Elizabeth Blackwell Award in 2012 by the American Medical Women’s Association, the Individual Leadership Award from the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science in 2013.  In 2016 she received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee and most recently the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award from the AAMC for outstanding contributions to Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development in academic medicine.


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