Summer 2010 • Issue 20


Kovacs and Szabo complete ELAM Program

Two NIAAA-funded researchers have completed a prestigious program that trains senior women faculty for leadership positions at academic medical centers. Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Ph.D., of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL, and Gyongyi Szabo, M.D., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester MA, were enrolled in the year-long Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

Photo of Dr. Kovacs and Dr. Szabo

Gyongyi Szabo, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Ph.D.

The ELAM Program is dedicated to increasing the number of women in top administrative ranks in academic medical centers. During the intensive 1-year program they studied areas such as leadership skills, faculty development, institutional finance, and strategic planning. Kovacs and Szabo, who graduated on April 29, 2010, plan to use their knowledge from the ELAM Program to help young alcohol researchers at their home institutions. Kovacs is the director of Loyola University’s Alcohol Research Program, the founder of the Loyola Biomedical Internship Program, and serves as president of the Society for Leukocyte Biology. Szabo is associate dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a member of the National Advisory Council for NIAAA.