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Michael L. Boninger, MD (Pennsylvania)
Professor and Chair
University of Pittsburgh
boningerml@upmc.edu
20 years experience
Specialties/Interest: Spinal cord injury, assistive technology, academic and research administration
Programs: Research, Administrator

Diane Braza, MD (Wisconsin)
Chair and Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
dbraza@mcw.edu
Phone: (414) 805-7343
4 years experience
Specialties/Interest: Spine
Thoughts on being a mentor: I think of mentors as teachers. My goal is to listen, problem solve as requested, offer resources and share lessons learned.
Expectations for mentor/mentee relationship: I expect mentor/ mentee meetings ( in person or virtual) will adhere to the time allotted unless agreed upon. Accountability and ownership to the process is important.
Programs: Academic/Educator, Administrator

Peter Esselman, MD (Washington)
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation
University of Washinton
esselman@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 744-3167
9 years experience
Specialties/Interests: I am interested in the role of Physiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine in large healthcare systems and promoting the value of our specialty. This includes working in the IRF, outpatient and post-acute care settings.
Thoughts on being a mentor: The role of a department chair presents many challenges, especially in this changing healthcare environment with associated financial pressures. It is important that new department chairs have the skills and resources to establish and grow their programs. As an experience department chair, I believe that I can assist new chairs and help foster the specialty of PM&R.
Expectations for mentor/mentee relationship: I expect an open and collaborative relationship where questions can be freely answered and confidentiality can be maintained when that is appropriate.
Programs: Academic/Educator, Administrator

Steven Flanagan, MD (New York)
Chair, Rehabilitation Medicine, Rusk Rehabilitation
New York University School of Medicine, NYU-Langone Medical Center
steven.flanagan@nyumc.org
Phone: (212) 263-6105
8 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Clinical specialty: Brain Injury and Stroke. Administrative: Advancing clinical care, education and research and importance of PM&R to local health care system.
Thoughts on being a mentor: The role a department chair has on demonstrating the importance of our field is becoming increasingly critical in the current health care environment.
Expectations for mentor/mentee relationship: Mutually open dialogue.
Programs: Academic/Educator, Administrator

Adam B. Stein, MD (New York)
Professor and Chair, Department of PM&R
Northwell Health System/Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
astein3@northwell.edu
Phone: (516) 321-6408
8 years experience
Specialties/Experience:Clinical specialties: Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Administration: Patient experience, the rehabilitation continuum, service provision within a large health system, interdepartmental collaborative programs. Academic: Medical education (all levels), faculty development
Thoughts on being a mentor: I have found mentorship to be highly rewarding, initially through work with medical students and residents, then as a chair with departmental faculty. Serving as a Chair Council mentor will be a largely new experience, though I have informally mentored a new chair as they navigated the interview and early chairmanship phases.
Expectations for mentor/mentee relationship: The main expectation I have is for collaborative and consistent communication.
Programs: Academic/Educator, administrator

Carmen Terzic, MD, PhD (Minnesota)
Professor and Chair, Department of PMR
Mayo Clinic
terzic.carmen@mayo.edu
Phone: (507) 284-2747
4 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Stem cell and cardiac differentiation and repair
Thoughts on being a mentor: Mentor as a coach share experiences, guide, being a resource
Expectations for mentor/mentee relationship: Respectful of time, confidentiality.
Programs: Research, Academic/Educator, Administrator

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