APPD Leadership in Educational Academic Development (APPD LEAD)

APPD LEAD is a nationally recognized program that provides a unique opportunity for pediatric academic leaders in medical education to engage and learn from seasoned program directors, pediatric educators, and other national leaders in pediatrics.

The LEAD curriculum focuses on organizational leadership, competency-based curriculum development, faculty development, residency and fellowship program administration, scholarship and career development. The curriculum is paced over three educational conferences, with additional group activities, readings and project work expected between conferences.

The call for applications to APPD Leadership in Educational Academic Development (APPD LEAD) is closed for Cohort 8. Please watch for APPD LEAD Cohort 9 announcements in early 2020.

APPD LEAD is an approximately nine-month educational program that provides outstanding training for educators aspiring to develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance leadership skills in medical education. The program features:

  • Three educational conferences
  • Curriculum focusing on organizational leadership, competency-based curriculum development, faculty development, residency and fellowship program administration and scholarship and career development
  • Nationally recognized faculty with significant experience in program leadership and medical education
  • Peer group activities and support
  • A mentored educational project
  • Certificate given at the completion of all program-required elements

Prerequisites for Participation

  • Member of APPD
  • Minimum three years of educational leadership experience as Program Director, Associate Program Director, Fellowship Director, Associate Fellowship Director, Clerkship Director
  • LEAD year should not overlap with being in first year of new leadership role
  • Commitment of Department Chair for $5,500 program fee, travel expenses, and time to attend meetings and complete assignments
  • Commitment of applicant to attend all meetings, complete between meeting assignments, participate in between meeting email discussions and team conference calls, and develop and implement a mentored educational project

The application process is web-based and requests:

  • Applicant contact information
  • Description of educational role(s)
  • Personal Statement addressing career goals in medical education and how participation in APPD LEAD could help meet those goals
  • Statement of commitment to participate actively and complete the program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Support from Chair of department
  • Letter of recommendation from a more senior individual involved in medical education at your institution

For further information, send an email to

Current APPD LEAD Cohort - Cohort 8 - Click to Open

APPD LEAD Council and Cohort
Front Row (l to r): E. Zwemer, H. Howell, R. Mink (Council), J. Hemond, E. Hanson, N. Charnsangavej, I. Walker-Descartes (Council), C. Shubkin, A. Baghdassarian; Second Row (l to r): C. Hrach, L. Nassetta, J. Yu, A. Solomon, J. Kitchen, M. Anderson (Council), B. Vinci (Council), H. Anwar, R. Sanders, B. Herman (Council); Third Row (l to r): M. Green, R. Swan (Council Chair), R. Shugerman (Council), R. Kapoor

Cohort 8

Hadi Anwar MD
VCU Dept of Peds
Aline Baghdassarian MD, MPH, FAAP
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Nalinda Charnsangavej MD
UT Austin Dell Medical School Pediatrics
Michael Green MD
UTSW/Childrens' Health
Elizabeth Hanson MD
UT Hlth Sciences Ctr at San Antonio, Gen Peds
Joni Hemond MD, FAAP
University of Utah
Heather Howell MD
New York University, School of Medicine
Chrissy Hrach MD
Washington University/St. Louis Children's
Rupa Kapoor MD
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Jacqueline Kitchen MD, MS
Children's Mercy Kansas City
Lauren Nassetta MD
Univ of Alabama at Birmingham
Rebecca Sanders MD, PhD
Emory Univ Schl of Med-Peds Res Trng Prog
Catherine Shubkin MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Aliza Solomon DO
New York Presbyterian- Weill Cornell
Jennifer Yu MD
UCSD - Dept of Pediatrics
Eric Zwemer MD
UNC Pediatrics

APPD LEAD Participant Perspectives

The APPD LEAD Council, those individuals who are responsible for developing and delivering curriculum to APPD LEAD, includes the following APPD members:

APPD LEAD Council Members - Click to Open

Rebecca R. Swan MD (2019 - 2022) Chair
Director, Vanderbilt Pediatric Residency Program
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way, 8160 DOT
Nashville, TN 37232-9760
Phone: (615) 322-3023
Fax: (615) 343-4655

Marsha Anderson MD (2017 - 2020)
Associate Program Director
Univ of Colorado/Residency Program
13123 E. 16th Ave, Med Educ B015
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 777-6877
Fax: (720) 777-7295

Bruce Herman MD (2019 - 2022)
Program Director
University of Utah Ped Res Program
81 N. Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Phone: (801) 662-5700
Fax: (801) 662-5755

Richard Mink MD, MACM (2018 - 2021)
Dir, Ped Critical Care Fellowship
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr, Ped Critical Care Div
1000 W. Carson Street, Box 491
Torrance, CA 90509-2910
Phone: (310) 222-4008
Fax: (310) 320-2271

Richard Shugerman MD (2015 - 2020)
Vice Chair, Faculty Development; Dir, Regional Education/Prof, Dept of Peds
Seattle Children's Hosp/U of Washington
4800 Sand Point Way NE, OC.7.830
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 987-2688

Robert J. Vinci MD (2017 - 2020)
Chair, Dept of Pediatrics
Boston Medical Center
771 Albany St, Dowling 3 S, Rm 3509,
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 414-7424
Fax: (617) 414-3833

Ingrid Walker-Descartes MD, MPH, MBA (2019 - 2022)
Program Director
Maimonides Infants & Child's Hosp of Bklyn
4802 Tenth Ave, Dept of Peds
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Phone: (718) 283-7503
Fax: (718) 635-8855

APPD LEAD Inaugural Council Members - Click to Open

R. Franklin Trimm MD, Chair
Univ of South Alabama Peds Res Prgrm

Susan Bostwick MD
New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell

Grace L. Caputo MD, MPH

Phoenix Children's Hospital

John G. Frohna MD, MPH
University of Wisconsin

Hilary Haftel MD, MHPE
University of Michigan Program

Su-Ting T. Li MD, MPH

Univ of California, Davis, Medical Center

Linda Waggoner-Fountain MD, MEd
Univ of Virginia Dept of Peds, Div of Inf Dis

APPD LEAD Council Secure Webpage

APPD LEAD Cohort Secure Webpage