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Susan M. Pollart, MD

Senior Associate Dean, for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, Ruth E. Murdaugh Professor

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Susan M. Pollart is the Ruth E. Murdaugh Professor of Family Medicine and leads the University of Virginia School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development as senior associate dean. In her role as senior associate dean, Dr. Pollart is responsible for all aspects of faculty life from recruitment to retirement. In addition, she leads programs for the professional development and active engagement of faculty, particularly those faculty who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Her recent publications explore issues contributing to faculty vitality.

Dr. Pollart has initiated innovative programs for new faculty orientation and enculturation and has worked with faculty and leadership across the University of Virginia in the expansion and implementation of an award-winning leadership development program. Since 2010, Dr. Pollart has played a leadership role in the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s efforts related to diversity and inclusion. She is active in the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Affairs, serving on the Steering Committee from 2013-2016, and the AAMC Group in Diversity and Inclusion, participating as faculty for the Health Care Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program since its inception. She also has taught for almost two decades in the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Sciences Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Seminar. She has recently joined the faculty of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program, an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine.

Dr. Pollart attended UVA School of Medicine, where she completed residency and served as chief resident. She went on to do three years of National Research Service Award-funded clinical and bench research in allergy as part of a public health service loan repayment program. In 1988, she joined the faculty with a joint appointment in family medicine and the allergy division of internal medicine. In addition to her leadership of the School of Medicine faculty affairs and development office, Dr. Pollart spends 15% of her time as an outpatient-based family physician.


41X—Beyond the Rhetoric: Creating an Organizational Culture of Inclusion, Belonging and Accountability

Presented by Gayle L. Capozzalo, FACHE, Gina Calder, FACHE, Jhaymee Tynan, FACHE, Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH, Susan M. Pollart, MD at 8:45 AM on Tuesday, March 29th.

Research published by McKinsey, Harvard Business Review and healthcare journals confirms that organizations with greater leadership diversity—whether gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation—are more innovative, collaborative and higher performing. These organizations perform better than average in return on equity, EBIT, earnings per share and stock price appreciation. In healthcare, data also show that diversity of…