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Our goal is to equip trainees with an expanded and refined set of skills to bring cutting-edge scientific advances and technologies to the increasingly complex care of today’s patients."

Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, director

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Han Yu, PhD
Han Yu, PhD, Executive Administrator

Han Yu received a PhD in Technical Communication from Illinois State University. She has decades of experience teaching technical and scientific communication and consulting with scientists from a variety of fields. Han publishes extensively on public science and health communication. Notably, she is the author of Mind Thief: The Story of Alzheimer's (Columbia University Press, 2021), the author of Communicating Genetics: Visualizations and Representations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and the lead editor of Scientific Communication: Practices, Theories, and Pedagogies (Routledge, 2017). She has a professor appointment at Kansas State University. 

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Thomas Starzl: The Father of Transplantation
The academy is named for Thomas Earl Starzl, MD, PhD (1926–2017), an eminent transplant surgeon, mentor and immunologist. Starzl attended Northwestern University, earning his master's degree in anatomy in 1950 and both a PhD in neurophysiology and an MD with distinction in 1952. He served on the medical school's faculty from 1958 to 1961.