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Elaine Dannefer, PhD


Elaine Dannefer, Ph.D.

Appointed: 2003

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Elaine Dannefer, PhD
Department: Education Institute
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code NA24
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Elaine Dannefer, PhD, is Director, Medical Education Research and Assessment, at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2003, after having served for five years as associate dean for Curricular Affairs, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. Dannefer graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University, Indianapolis and a doctorate degree in sociology from the University of Rochester, Rochester.

She is president-elect of the Society for Directors of Research in Medical Education and is an external reviewer for the Stemmler Medical Research Education Fund (National Board of Medical Examiners) and Teaching and Learning in Medicine Journal. Dr. Dannefer is on several committees at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, including the Clinical Assessment Committee.

Professional Highlights

  • President Elect, Society for Directors of Research in Medical Education

Education & Fellowships

Doctorate - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA
Graduate - Indiana University
Social Work
Indianapolis, IN USA
Undergraduate - University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita
Wichita, KS USA

Specialty Interests

medical education


  • Society for Directors of Research in Medical Education
  • American Sociological Association

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/17/2015, Dr. Dannefer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English