Leading the Way Symposium

The DoctHERS group gathers at Dr. Rose Berkun's house.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
8 AM—12 PM

Westin Buffalo
250 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222


8:00 am           Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am           Welcome Remarks
8:40 am           Keynote Speaker: Candace Johnson, PhD
                        "Breaking the Glass Ceiling"
9:30 am           Break
9:45 am           Panelists Introductions. Women physicians and scientists
                        talk about their leadership opportunities and challenges
10:30 am         Panel Question-and-Answer Period
10:45 am         Round Table Discussions, Networking, Idea Sharing, Open
                        Discussion with Speakers
11:45 am         Closing remarks by Rose Berkun, MD '92
12:00 pm         Adjourn


$25 registration includes continental breakfast, snacks and refreshments.
Registration for Residents is $10 and current students may attend free of charge.

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' Medical Alumni Association is proud to present Leading the Way Symposium. Join us for a morning of networking, information on leadership development, and support for women physicians, scientists, faculty, residents, students and healthcare professionals.


Keynote Speaker

Candace Johnson, PhD
President and CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute,
: “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”






Rose Berkun, MD ’92
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Chair, Circle of Leaders




Helen Cappuccino, MD ’88

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery,
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences;
Assistant Professor of Oncology,
Breast Surgery Division,
Department of Surgical Oncology,
Roswell Park Cancer Institute



The panelists will discuss their experiences in leadership development.

“Leading Medical Curriculum Reform: Preparing Doctors for 21 Century Healthcare” 
presented by Lisa Jane Jacobsen, MD, MPH, MSHPEd
Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum
Clinical Associate Professor, OB/GYN,
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences



“Making a Global Impact in Medicine”
presented by Emmekunla Nylander, MD ’96
Obstetrician/Gynecologist; Buffalo OB/GYN;
Founder, Medical Outreach and Community Assistance of WNY



"Leading the Way During Times of Rapid Change"
presented by Margaret Paroski, MD ’80
Professor of Neurology and former Interim Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; former Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Kaleida Health



"Lessons Learned: Navigating the Road to a Deanship"
presented by Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD ’89
Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions; Chair, Women’s Health Initiative