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Women's Professional Staff Association

"Cleveland Clinic is truly supportive of its staff. Education and networking mean continually learning and growing along with my peers." – Alice Rim, MD

The mission of the Women's Professional Staff Association (WPSA) is to support Cleveland Clinic’s efforts in recruiting, retaining and developing the careers of the highest quality professional Staff. The WPSA is a part of the Office of Professional Staff Affairs.

The WPSA sponsors a Leadership Development Conference open to all Cleveland Clinic Staff, House Staff, CCLCM students, employees as well as our healthcare colleagues in and around the region.

The WPSA partners with the Cleveland Clinic Academy for course offerings of special interest to female Staff and Cleveland Clinic professionals, with the Arts and Medicine Institute to promote Cleveland's rich cultural heritage and with the Staff Mentoring Program to support Staff engagement and career development.

The WPSA is a resource for you when you choose to pursue your career at Cleveland Clinic.  We are here to ease your transition to a new life and career at Cleveland Clinic and in Northeast Ohio and we are here for your professional development throughout your career.

What do we do?

  • Promote the successes of the female Professional Staff, including highlighting their awards, recognitions, promotions, appointments and grants
  • Partner with the Staff Mentoring Program to promote mentoring as an important tool in the career development of Professional Staff
  • Work with Cleveland Clinic leadership to identify viable programs and best practices for flex work, distance health and e-health programs
  • Develop Cleveland Clinic Academy CME courses of special interest to the female Professional Staff and employees
  • Offer programs and activities for your personal and professional development
  • Partner with Cleveland Clinic initiatives on work-family balance, personal wellness, healthy environment, community outreach to develop programming and communicate all that is available to you as a member of the Professional Staff.
  • Sponsor Professional Staff Nights Out—an opportunity to meet your colleagues, have fun and socialize. We partner with Community Outreach to engage in community volunteer activities, with Arts and Medicine Institute to explore the rich arts and cultural programming in the Region.

Cleveland Clinic offers many opportunities to learn, network and expand your horizons. Northeast Ohio has a rich cultural heritage in which to engage and explore. The WPSA engages in partnerships both internally and externally to offer activities and events of interest to its members.

Speaker Series

Highlights from our 2010 Speaker Series include Julie Gerberding, MD, President of Merck Vaccines and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Melinda Estes, MD, CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont.

Quarterly Meetings

Our quarterly membership meetings feature updates from WPSA leadership, reports from WPSA committees, and selected speakers or presentations and a networking reception.

Cleveland Clinic Academy Courses

WPSA sponsors several CME courses each year at Cleveland Clinic Academy on topics of interest to the Professional Staff and WPSA members. Course topics have included: Negotiation, Goal Setting, Tips and Tools to Prepare for your Annual Professional Review (APR).

Professional Development Workshops and Conference

WPSA sponsors a day-long conference every other year and workshops that focus on your professional development. The theme of the 2010 conference was Building on Your Strengths and featured 280 healthcare professionals from the Northeast Ohio region sharing ideas and learning how to build on the skills and abilities they already possess: communication, networking, presence, resiliency and mentoring.

Upon appointment to the Professional Staff at Cleveland Clinic, you become a member of the WPSA.  You can choose whether to be active on a regular basis or attend events periodically.  What is important is that you know we are here as a resource for you.

WPSA Leadership

2012 Executive Board Officers

Co-President (2011- 2013)
Rochelle Rosian, MD
Staff Rheumatologist
Orthopedics & Rheumatology Institute

Co-President (2012-2014)
Cynthia Kubu, PhD
Staff Neuropsychologist
Neurological Institute

Vice President (2012-2014)
Julie Tebo, PhD
Staff, Education Institute

Secretary (2012-2014)
Elaine Schulte, MD, MPH
Department Chair, General Pediatrics
Pediatrics Institute

Treasurer (2011-2013)
Monica McHenry Svets, MD
Associate Staff, OB/GYN
OB/GYN & Women's Health Institute

WPSA Institute & Department Representatives

Anesthesia Institute

Tara Hata, MD

Pediatric Anesthesia

Cole Eye Institute

Cole Eye Institute

Bela Anand-Apte, MD, PhD

Opthalmic Research

Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Michelle Loor, MD

General Surgery

Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute

Andrea Moreira, MD

Plastic Surgery

Education Institute

Julie Tebo, PhD

Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute

Leila Khan, MD

Emergency Medicine Institute

Elaine Thallner, MD

Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute

Hadley Wood, MD

Head & Neck Institute

Samantha Anne, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute

Corinne Bott-Silverman, MD

Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute

Karen James, MD

Cardiovascular Medicine

Imaging Institute

Lerner Research Institute

Jeanne Mattern, PhD

Quantitative Health Sciences

Medicine Institute

Rita Kothari, MD

Internal Medicine

Medicine Institute

Fawn Langerman, MD

Hospital Medicine

Neurological Institute

Cynthia Bamford, MD

Ni Center for Pain

Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute

Habibeh Gitiforooz, MD

ORI – Orthopaedics

Susan Joy, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

ORI – Rheumatology

Rula Hajj-Ali, MD


Pediatric Institute

Kim Guiliano, MD

General Pediatrics

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute

Manjula Gupta, PhD

Clinical Pathology

Respiratory Institute

Jenny Ramsey, MD

Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine

Taussig Cancer Institute

Halle Moore, MD

Solid Tumor Oncology

Wellness Institute

Brenda Powell, MD

WPSA Program Manager

Catherine Boyle Gentile
9500 Euclid Avenue P/38
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
(216) 445-3772

Photo Gallery from 2010 Building on Your Strengths Conference