The 2019-2020 David Seegal Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture
Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
“Learning Environments: why do they matter?”
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
William Black Building
650 W. 168th St., First Floor
Reception to follow
Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP, is the eighth president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Immediately before her appointment as president in 2018, she served for 15 years as the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine and dean for medical education at the University of Chicago, where she oversaw undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education at the Pritzker School of Medicine.
Dr. Humphrey and a colleague delivered the address at the country's first White Coat Ceremony at the University of Chicago in 1989. A few years later, the Gold Foundation adopted and formalized this ceremony and today supports similar ceremonies in medical schools across the country. During Dr. Humphrey's time as dean for medical education, the University of Chicago was selected for both the American Medical Association's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative. While at Chicago, Dr. Humphrey also led the mission to recruit and support diverse students and residents in the medical school and residency programs by developing pipeline programs for students underrepresented in medicine. She is the co-founder of the Bowman Society, which explores issues of health care disparities and provides mentoring for students, residents, and faculty underrepresented in medicine.
Dr. Humphrey earned her MD degree with honors from the University of Chicago and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Following an internal medicine residency, pulmonary and critical care fellowship, and chief residency, all in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, she began a 14-year tenure as director of the internal medicine residency program, creating the foundation for her medical education career.
Dr. Humphrey is a national leader in medical education and serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. She is chair emeritus of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the organization that launched the Choosing Wisely initiative. She is a past president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM). Her many awards and honors include the Dema C. Daley Founders Award from APDIM and selection as a Master by the American College of Physicians. Crain’s Chicago Business featured her as one of its “Women to Watch,” and the NorthShore University Health System created the Holly J. Humphrey Medical Education Fund with a $1 million gift to the University of Chicago. Her teaching honors include her selection more than 25 times as a favorite faculty teacher by graduating Pritzker students.