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.
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.
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.
Photo Gallery from 2010 Building on Your Strengths Conference
2010 WPSA Member Highlights
Women make up one-third of the Professional Staff at Cleveland Clinic as clinicians, researchers and administrators and are active and respected within Cleveland Clinic, in the local community, and in local, national and international professional societies. Below are a few of the many successes WPSA members celebrated in 2010.
Abby Abelson, MD, Interim Department Chair, Rheumatology, and Deb Lonzer, MD, Head, Regional Pediatrics, are two of six new Staff appointments to the Board of Governors for 2011-2014. They join WPSA members Kandice Marchant, MD, PhD, Chair, Pathology and Lab Medicine Institute and Cynthia Deyling, MD, Chair, Regional Operations on the 15-member Board of Governors.
Kathryn Teng, MD, Internal Medicine, will lead Cleveland Clinic's new Center for Personalized Healthcare.
Linda Bradley, MD, Vice Chair, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Women's Health Institute, has been elected President of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists for 2011.
Charis Eng, MD, PhD, Founder, Genomic Medicine Institute, was elected to the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Laura Dorr Lipold, MD, Internal Medicine, is the new Director of Primary Care Women's Health for the Medicine Institute.
Barbara Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD, Geriatric Medicine, was honored by the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cleveland Chapter with the Jennifer B. Langston Community Service Award.
Sangeeta Kashyap, MD, Endocrinology, received an American Diabetes Association research grant to study metabolic predictors or remission vs. non-remission of diabetes following bariatric surgery.
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.
2011 Executive Board Officers
Co-President Ellen Rome, MD, MPH, Section Head, Adolescent Medicine, Pediatrics Institute
Co-President Rochelle Rosian, MD, Staff Rheumatologist, Orthopedics & Rheumatology Institute
Vice President Cynthia Kubu, PhD, Staff Neuropsychologist, Neurological Institute
Secretary Elaine Schulte, MD, MPH, Department Chair, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics Institute
Treasurer, Monica McHenry Svets, MD, Associate Staff, Obstetrics/Gynecology
2011 Advisory Council
Linda Bradley, MD, Vice Chair, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Nancy Fisher-Crum, Executive Director, Staff Benefits and Compensation
Cynthia Galbincea, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Donna Hansel, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pathology and Lab Medicine
Caryl Hess, PhD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Academy
Sara Lohser, MD, Resident, Dermatology
Kandice Marchant, MD, PhD, Chair, Pathology and Lab Medicine Institute
Jeanne Mattern, PhD, Staff, Quantitative Health Sciences, Lerner Research Institute
LeJoyce Naylor, Executive Director, Office of Diversity
Petra Platzer, PhD, Director, Integrative Development, Genomic Medicine Institute
Lynn Schoenfield, MD, Staff, Regional Pathology
Margaret Tsai, MD, Staff Rheumatologist, Cleveland Clinic Lorain
WPSA Program Manager
Catherine Boyle Gentile
9500 Euclid Avenue P/38
Cleveland, Ohio 44195