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February 17, 2015

Linda Chaudron takes on new role in inclusion, culture development

Linda Chaudron
Linda Chaudron

Linda Chaudron ’92M (MD) has been appointed associate vice president and senior associate dean for inclusion and culture development at the University. Her new role becomes effective March 1.

Chaudron most recently served as senior associate dean for diversity for the medical school and vice chair for clinical services in the Department of Psychiatry. Her new role builds on the progress that’s been made in fostering diversity at the Medical Center over the past several years, and expands the scope of work to include the School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Strong Memorial Hospital, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and other UR Medicine hospitals.

Building a shared culture that is inclusive is vital to achieving the Medical Center’s strategic vision, says Medical Center CEO Mark Taubman.

“Our top goals for the future are straightforward but ambitious,” Taubman says. “We’ll strive to become the health provider of choice for Rochester and the entire region. We’ll focus on achieving preeminence in biomedical research and education. And, as an essential first step in achieving these objectives, we’ll work to attract the very best talent and become the preferred destination for faculty, staff, and students.”

In the past four years, Chaudron’s Office for Diversity has expanded educational opportunities on diversity issues; provided support and networking opportunities for students, trainees, and faculty members; and attracted local and national expert lecturers to raise awareness and competency on diversity issues.

“We are building on a very strong foundation,” Chaudron says. “The University of Rochester is known as a pioneer in the biopsychosocial model; we already have a mind-set of thinking in terms of the whole individual when delivering health care—we need to think that way for all of us as we collaborate in all that we do.”

Chaudron honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Chaudron received the Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a champion of women in science and medicine.

“Linda’s tenacious spirit guides her to mentor younger scholars to be their best and accomplish their goals. She is always there to provide a listening ear and encouraging word,” says Catherine Cerulli, director of the University’s Susan B. Anthony Center.
Chaudron was recently elected to the board of directors of the Women Executives in Science and Healthcare, and was named a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association in 2009. Her research and clinical care have helped many patients who suffer from perinatal depression.

Chaudron is the 14th woman to receive the Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award at the Anthony Center’s annual dinner. Prior recipients include the late Nora Bredes, former New York legislator and past director of the Anthony Center, and the late Esther Conwell ’44 (MS), winner of the 2010 National Medal of Science and research professor of chemistry.

“I am humbled by and in awe of the women who have preceded me as award winners and cannot express my gratitude to be listed among those accomplished women,” Chaudron says. “I am also very proud of our University in its commitment to honoring women and their accomplishments, but even more importantly, honoring women who nurture and mentor the next generation of women.”

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