Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, FACP

Medical School:  University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Specialty:  Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Menopausal Medicine

Career Highlights:

  • Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Associate Dean for Professional Development, Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education, Professor of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine

Service with AMWA:  Faculty Advisor to the Penn State University Medical School AMWA Chapter (2000-2010), Speaker AMWA 2011 Webinar on Mentoring, Speaker AMWA 2012 Annual Meeting

Quote:  My personal mission is to make a difference in the lives of others, such that they are better off for having met me.


Dr. Luanne Thorndyke is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). In this role, she is responsible for all matters related to faculty, including faculty and leadership development, academic affairs (appointment, promotion and tenure), faculty recruitment/retention/satisfaction, and diversity/gender and equity issues. Prior to joining UMMS, she was Associate Dean for Professional Development and Professor of Medicine at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine/Hershey Medical Center. She established the Penn State Jr. Faculty Development Program, an initiative that has become a nationally recognized model for faculty development, mentoring, and program evaluation.  Dr. Thorndyke also served as Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education, responsible for post-graduate educational programming for physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, she has more than 15 years of broad experience in college administration, including policy, programmatic and professional development, mentoring, academic affairs, educational leadership and financial oversight, and clinical administration.

Dr. Thorndyke has extensive experience in educational planning, program implementation, and facilitating initiatives in women’s leadership development, equity, and diversity.  Her scholarly interests include faculty development and mentoring, leadership and advancement of women, and faculty competencies. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) and the Research Subcommittee of the GFA. She is also a member of the Accreditation Review Council (ARC) of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Society of Academic CME (SACME), and has served on the Coordinating Committee for the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science. A board-certified internist and geriatrician, as well as Professor of Medicine at UMMS, Dr. Thorndyke’s clinical interests lie in the areas of menopausal health, osteoporosis, and geriatrics.

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