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Career Development Opportunities


Pathway to Promotions Program

Designed to increase professional advancement for faculty who have been at Tulane with a focus on women and African Americans. The program includes group and individual meetings hosted by the Office of Faculty Affairs to provide advice and guidance for faculty who are potentially eligible for promotion. These sessions review criteria and strategies for promotion and provide guidance on how to prepare the curriculum vitae and personal executive summary. Faculty needs such as mentoring, networking, and peer support are discussed and faculty resources for advancement (in research, medical education, and clinical/professional service) are shared.


Faculty Physician-Scientist Pipeline Program

The mission of the Dean’s Faculty Physician Scientist Pipeline Program is to prepare independent physician-scientists to pursue careers focused on translating research evidence into clinical practice and improved patient care.  

Exceptional junior faculty pursuing an academic career as a physician scientist are invited to submit an application for Tulane’s Faculty Physician-Scientist Pipeline Program. The purpose of the Faculty Physician Scientist Pipeline Program is to foster career development of early stage physicians and increase the number of highly qualified, competent, and clinically trained scientists with interests ranging from basic to translational and clinically oriented research at Tulane School of Medicine.

The program will support a cohort of “Physician Faculty Scholars” for a period of two years (with annual review). Awards are supported by the SOM Dean’s office to facilitate the development and participation of high-quality research that will lead to enhanced patient care.  Areas of special interest include, but are not limited to, cardiometabolic diseases, pulmonary diseases, aging, and cancer across the lifespan in males and females.  Selected candidates must commit a minimum of 50% of time/year (up to $100K in salary support/year) to research and career development as a Physician Faculty Scholar.


March 15, 2021 – deadline for pre-application/letter of interest

April 19, 2021 – deadline for full application

July 1, 2021 – Projected start date.

PSP Phase I Application 2021


Current Scholars

Antoine Chaanine, MD Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD Meghan Howell, MD

Antoine Chaanine, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology

Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Meghan Howell, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Sharven Taghavi, MD, MPH, MS ze zhang, MD Dragana Lovre, MD

Sharven Taghavi, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Ze Zhang, MD
Assistant Professor

Dragana Lovre, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine - Endocrinology

Career Development Club

The purpose of the Tulane Career Development Club (CD Club) is to bring together junior faculty from across Tulane University who are participating in faculty training programs focused on the health sciences. The CD Club provides these junior faculty members with the opportunity to network with other junior and senior faculty members, and to gain important information on strategic career planning, networking for career advancement, effective grant writing, publication submission, and other relevant topics.


2019-2020 Meetings

Date Topic Speaker(s)

October 23, 2019

4:30 - 6:00 PM

The Importance of Sex as a Modifier of Disease

led by Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Pharmacology and Sarah Lindsay, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Pharmacology

November 6, 2019

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Increasing Research Productivity: A Spotlight on Tulane's Research Resources Featuring Tulane's VP for Research, Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte and representatives from the Office of Research Proposal Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Clinical Research Programs.

February 17, 2020

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Managing and Evaluating Employee Performance: Principles, Tools, and Strategies for Success led by Tonya Patterson and Stacey Schwankhart, Human Resources

March 25, 2020

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Preparing and Justifying Your Research Budget--NIH and Beyond! led by Kathleen Kozar, Director, Sponsored Projects Administration


Leadership Development Initiative

Opportunities for women and African Americans to develop leadership skills, expand their network, and support career growth . The initiative includes support staff to coordinate and faculty time to apply and participate in the following:

  • Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)
  • The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM)
  • AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies Meetings (CFAS)
  • AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development (Workshop Information)

Interested in applying?
Please contact the Tulane representatives below:


Mary Mulcahey, MD
Dr. Mary Mulcahey
Associate Professor
Tulane GWIMS Chair


Dr. Mary Killackey
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery



Gabriella Pridjian, MD
Dr. Gabriella Pridjian
Professor and Chair
Obstetrics & Gynecology


Geraldine Menard, MD
Dr. Geraldine Menard
Associate Professor