Faculty Notes | Fall 2020

Academic Promotions

The Geisel School of Medicine faculty and research scientist promotions for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“This is a wonderful time to recognize and celebrate the recent promotions of our faculty and research scientists,” says Duane Compton, PhD, dean of the medical school. “Everyone who reviewed the nominations for promotions was truly impressed at the breadth and depth of the accomplishments in teaching, clinical care, research, scholarship, and engagement of our academic community.” Read more…


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health CEO and President Joins National Academy of Medicine

In late October, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has announced that Joanne M. Conroy, MD D ’77, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and professor of anesthesiology at Geisel, was among those elected as a regular member of the organization. Conroy was selected for leading one of the nation’s most rural academic medical centers and being a pioneer in telemedicine and shared decision-making. Election to NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Read more…


Stacie G. Deiner, MD, Named the William LeRoy Garth Professor in Medical Science

Professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Stacie G. Deiner, MD, was appointed the William LeRoy Garth Professor in Medical Science at Geisel. Previously, she was a Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine; Professor of Neurosurgery, and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, as well as Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Her research focuses on cognitive and functional recovery in geriatric surgical patients, which is a collaboration of surgeons, geriatricians, patients, and also non-clinician community healthcare workers to identify, treat, and support high risk older surgical patients.

Deiner is also an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member-elect of their Board of Directors. She also is the associate editor of both the British Journal of Anaesthesia and Anesthesia & Analgesia.


Prachee Avasthi, PhD, Receives National Award for Excellence in Cell Biology

An associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, Prachee Avasthi, PhD, received the 2020 Women in Cell Biology Junior Award for Excellence in Research from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB).

The prestigious award is given each year “to a woman in an early stage of her career who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, is developing a strong independent research program, and exhibits the potential for continuing at a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.”

The ASCB is an international community of biologists studying the cell as the fundamental unit of life. With more than 9,000 members worldwide, the organization is dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. More than 30 past or current ASCB members have won Nobel Prizes in medicine or chemistry.

Avasthi has earned multiple awards for her work and holds several service-related positions with key scientific organizations, including as the first and only junior faculty member on the board of directors of the open access journal eLife. She is on the board of directors of the preprint advocacy organization ASAPbio, the early career advisory board for the Journal of Cell Biology, and the steering committee of Rescuing Biomedical Research—a group formed to combat major challenges facing the scientific workforce in the U.S.


Carrie Colla Named a National Academy of Medicine “New Leader”

An associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine, Carrie Colla, PhD, has been named a 2020 Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

The Scholars, mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership and exceptional professional achievement who come from a wide range of health-related fields, join the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program—a major NAM initiative that provides a platform for a new generation of leaders to collaborate with the organization and its members across many fields of expertise to advance science, combat persistent challenges in health and medicine, and spark transformative change to improve health.

A highly respected health economist, Colla’s research is dedicated to examining health system performance and the effectiveness of payment and delivery system reforms.

Colla is the only economist on a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee examining the current state of primary care in the U.S. and developing an implementation plan to help strengthen primary care services across the country, especially for underserved populations. An investigator for the annual National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations since its inception in 2012, Colla also is a lead investigator in Dartmouth’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Center of Excellence to Study High-Performing Health Care Systems.


Interim Deans for Medical Education, and Diversity and Inclusion Named

Geisel School of Medicine has appointed John Dick, III, MED ’03, interim senior associate dean of medical education, and Diana Wu, MD, interim associate dean of diversity and inclusion.

“I am so pleased to begin working more closely with Drs. Dick and Wu in these roles within the Geisel administration,” says Dean Duane Compton, PhD. “Their courage to step into these roles under very challenging circumstances created by the pandemic is inspiring to me, and I know that they are enthusiastic about using these leadership positions to make a positive impact on our students and our programs.”

Dick, a hospitalist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical education at Geisel, says, “This position is one of the few at Geisel with an inherently broad focus. Employing a servant leadership style, I hope to attend to the needs of our faculty, staff, and students, and serve this institution that has been so important to my own professional development.”

Wu’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity took root early in her life as a Taiwanese American with immigrant parents and she continues her work advancing diverse and inclusive environments. A family medicine physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and assistant professor of community and family medicine at Geisel, Wu says she is “delighted for this new opportunity to enhance the diversity, inclusivity, and equity in the Dartmouth medical community, and training our students to become future medical leaders by fostering their skills in lifelong learning, self-reflection, and critical analysis that are necessary to become culturally humble physicians who provide excellent and equitable care to diverse populations.”