About AMWA – Board of Directors & Staff

Abby Spencer, MD, MS

Director 2024 – 2026

Abby Lyn SpencerDr. Abby Spencer serves as Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine and as Director of the Academy of Educators at Washington University School of Medicine. She previously served as Director of the Medicine Residency Program and Vice Chair for Education at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Spencer graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Tulane University, and received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical Center and subsequently completed a fellowship in General Medicine with a concentration in Women’s Health and earned a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Spencer is an innovative and enthusiastic educator with an exceptional knack for cultivating the strengths and potential in others. She has dedicated her career to innovating, developing curriculum, building teams, and developing others in medical education. She has delivered over 150 invited faculty development/educational courses and workshops locally and nationally. She has won numerous national awards for her teaching, educational scholarship, mentorship, and leadership the 2020 ACGME ParkerPalmer Courage to Teach Award, 2020 Cleveland Clinic Women’s Champion Award which recognizes contribution to the advancement, development and wellbeing of women, and the 2023 inaugural Advancing Women in Academic Medicine award from Wash U. She completed ELAM in 2022 and has held leadership positions in many national organizations across academic internal medicine. Her greatest professional joys are mentoring, teaching, sponsoring, and developing others.

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