Faculty Affairs

Learning to Lead Instructors


Dale Borgeson, MBA
Administrator, Department of Emergency Medicine, Banner University Medical Group

Dale Borgeson is the administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  He has focused his efforts on improvements in the professional revenue cycle, physician productivity and reimbursement, and ED patient throughput efficiency.  Previously, he served for 24 years as administrator at the University of California Medical Center and School of Medicine; his roles over his career included Pharmacology research manager, Neurology Faculty Practice Manager, and the last 16 years as Emergency Medicine and Emergency Department Administrator.  He retired from UCSF in 2009 and moved to Arizona to join UPH and the University of Arizona as Emergency Medicine Administrator.

Mr. Borgeson is a member of the Academy of Academic Administrators in Emergency Medicine/Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. (AAAEM/SAEM).  He is a charter member of the AAAEM benchmark survey committee doing operational, productivity, and salary surveys of 100+ academic emergency departments for past 8 years.  He is also a member of the American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) Reimbursement Committee as well as the University of Arizona College of Medicine Dean's Financial Advisory Committee.


Diane Brennan, DBH, MBA
Senior Leadership Advisor, University of Arizona
Director of the Office of Leadership and Organizational Development, University of Arizona

Diane Brennan, DBH, MBA serves as Senior Leadership Advisor and Director of the Office of Leadership and Organizational Development for the University of Arizona. She is passionate about strengthening leadership in higher education and supports individuals as an internal executive coach throughout the University. She has been coaching since 2000 and holds the International Coach Federation (ICF) Master Certified Coach credential. Prior to joining the University, she was president of Brennan Associates, a coaching and consulting company working with leaders and teams in higher education, healthcare, aerospace, engineering, and technology organizations internationally. In addition to coaching, she has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in private and publicly traded healthcare organizations.

Dr. Brennan received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Doctorate in Behavioral Health (DBH) from Arizona State University. She is also a board certified medical practice executive and fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE).

Dr. Brennan is recognized as an international leader in coaching, speaking at coaching, leadership and positive psychology conferences and serving as the global president of the International Coach Federation (2008). She co-developed the curriculum for the evidence-based coaching program for Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA and served as their first Director of Training. She is co-author of Back Pocket Coach: 33 Effective Communication Strategies for Work & Life, and co-editor of The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice and The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching: Issues and Insights for a New Era.


Conrad J. Clemens, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, College of Medicine – Tucson

Conrad J. Clemens, MD, MPH is the senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is responsible for overseeing the 700 residents and fellows who make up the University’s 55 residency and fellowship programs.

Dr. Clemens, a professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, has been on faculty at the College of Medicine since 2002. He has served in a number of leadership roles, including director of the Pediatric Residency Program, co-director of the Pediatric-Emergency Medicine Residency Program, chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, associate head of the Department of Pediatrics, and chief of the Section of General Pediatrics.

Dr. Clemens has received numerous teaching awards and is involved in a number of clinical research projects in his field. He, along with Dr. Anne Wright, retired Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Afffairs, co-created the Learning to Lead program. Currently he is a co-leader of the Learning to Lead program along with Dr. Alli Min, Assistant Dean of Faculty Developmnet.


Mindy J. Fain, MD
Chief, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson
Co-Director of the University of Arizona Center on Aging, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson

Mindy J. Fain, MD is Anne & Alden Hart professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She also serves as the co-director of the Arizona Center on Aging, a Board of Regents Center of Excellence dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for older adults through clinical care, research, education and community engagement. A major research goal is to build aging-related research across the continuum, with a focus on the frailty-resilience spectrum in the medical and surgical specialties. 

Dr. Fain was medical director for the Home-based Primary Care Program at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Healthcare System for more than 25 years, where she developed a state-of-the-art telehealth program. In this position, she was part of an interprofessional health-care team that provided in-home care for older veterans with advancing chronic illness. She is a national leader in developing innovative, value-based models of care for people with serious illness, with a focus on vulnerable adults from minority, border, and rural populations.

Dr. Fain received her BA and MD from New York University in New York, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve in Ohio. She is a board-certified geriatrician, and enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and other health professional students. Dr. Fain has received several leadership and teaching awards. She leads two statewide geriatric educational grants to train all health professionals in the care of older adults, and is the co-PI on the CDC-funded Arizona Healthy Brain Research Network.  These projects and other generate interest among diverse mentees in aging-related research, clinical care, education, and community engagement.  She is a member of the National Institute on Aging Social and Behavioral Science of Aging Review Committee and core faculty for the AGS/ADGAP/Tideswell National Leadership Development Program. 


Gina Harms
HR Organizational Consultant - UA Health Sciences

Gina Harms serves as a Human Resources Organizational Consultant for the Tucson Health Sciences colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Public Health.  She provides consulting in the areas of conflict management, organizational culture, management coaching, effective communication, reorganization and strategic planning.  Ms. Harms also acts as an employee advisor including assisting with interpreting and understanding policies, dealing with disciplinary issues, and career advising. She is currently serving on the University Career Architecture Project (UCAP) team and is the lead for the policy channel. 

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Ms. Harms worked at Employee Benefit Plans, EBP HealthPlans, First Health, and as the Payroll Manager for Delta Dental of Minnesota.  She has been involved with multiple acquisitions and worked to seamlessly transition and blend operating procedures and practices.  As Human Resources Manager at Bernafon Maico she influenced and guided the senior leadership team to transform the culture resulting in the employees voting out the union.  Ms. Harms has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources.  She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. 


Deborrah Himsel, MBA
Senior Leadership Advisor, University of Arizona

Deborrah Himsel, MBA serves as Senior Leadership Advisor. In this role she offers executive coaching and leadership development services throughout the university. Ms. Himsel has been coaching for over 25 years and is known for her pragmatic and down to earth approach. She is also an adjunct faculty for Eller College of Management where her focus is leadership development. 

Prior to her appointment at the University of Arizona, she headed up Himsel and Associates consulting firm, was an adjunct faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management and an associate with Pivot Leadership. Her wide range of clients included multinational companies in healthcare, oil and gas, finance and banking, and professional services in over 40 countries. In addition, Ms. Himsel held senior level positions with Avon Products, Inc., Deutsche Bank and Pfizer. She is known as a thought leader, a change agent, an educator, as well as a practitioner. She is the author of Leadership Sopranos Style; How to become a More Effective Boss and Beauty Queen: Leadership Lessons from the Reign of Avon’s Andrea Jung. 

Over the past several years, she has appeared on Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg and her articles have appeared in publications such as Forbes and Fast Company. She is often interviewed and quoted on television, radio, and in print. She wrote weekly expert commentary on the television series, The Apprentice for USA Today.

Ms. Himsel received a bachelor of arts degree and a masters degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Deborrah received her coaching certification in stakeholder centered coaching and action coaching.


Samuel M. Keim, MD, MS
Department Chair, Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson
Director, Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center

Samuel M. Keim, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) and Professor of Public Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He is also Director of the statewide Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC). Dr. Keim has held national leadership positions with the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Emergency Medicine Council of Residency Directors. Prior to accepting the position of Department Chair, Dr. Keim served as the Residency Program Director for twenty-one years. He has held leadership positions within the clinical practice environment as well, including serving as the Board Chair of University Physicians Healthcare and as a member of the University of Arizona Health Network Practice Plan Oversight Board. The DEM/AEMRC research productivity ranks 18th nationally in the specialty of emergency medicine.


Irving L. Kron, MD
Interim Dean, College of Medicine – Tucson
Senior Associate Vice President, UA Health Sciences

Dr. Kron received his undergraduate degree in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975. He continued with a general surgery residency at the Maine Medical Center in Portland before completing his training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in 1982 at the University of Virginia. Dr. Kron was then appointed to faculty. In 1993, Dr. Kron was named Chief of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and became the Program Director of the Thoracic Residency program. Dr. Kron helped increase the national visibility of the Division and the Thoracic Residency program at UVA. He developed a successful NIH-funded research laboratory where many residents and students have gained experience in Thoracic Surgical research.

Dr. Kron has served on The American Board of Surgery, The American Board of Thoracic Surgery, The Thoracic Residency Review Committee (including serving as Chair), and NIH study sections. In 2002, Dr. Kron was named Chairman of the Department of Surgery at The University of Virginia.  Dr. Kron was elected the 91st President of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery from 2010-2011. Dr. Kron received the prestigious Bakken Scientific Achievement Award for his scientific contributions in cardiothoracic surgery during the 51st Annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2015.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kron has published more than 500 manuscripts, including 160 articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, making him the most prolific author published in the STS journal’s 50 year history. He also has made nearly 250 presentations on cardiothoracic surgery in the US and internationally. He has published about 30 books and chapters, and has been the principal investigator for more than 20 funded research grants.

Dr. Kron’s specialty interests include mitral valve and aortic valve surgery, surgery of the aorta, carotid artery surgery, coronary artery surgery, and heart transplantation.


Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR
Professor, Medical Imaging, College of Medicine – Tucson

Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR is the author of “Leadership Lessons for Healthcare Providers” which takes a systematic approach to developing medical leaders. He is an academic neuroradiologist and currently is a Professor, the Associate Chief and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Operations, in the Department of Medical Imaging, at the University of Arizona. He began his career in France with a visiting position at the Universite de Bordeaux, and has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Professor of Radiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine where he was also the Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology.

He has been honored with several major scientific research awards including the Cornelius G. Dyke Memorial award of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He also works outside of academic medicine and was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the marketing department for seventeen years where he taught both graduate and executive MBA students in the Global Consulting Practicum. That took him to five continents, and he served in multiple capacities including: the Spain, United Arab Emirates, Israel Country Manager positions and as the East Asia Regional manager for mainland China and Taiwan as well as working as a Project Faculty member every year. For several years he also held an appointment as a Professor of Business Development in the Life Sciences at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, at the time the top business school in Europe. There he twice won the prestigious “Prize of Excellence” for outstanding teaching.

Dr. Lexa lectures, consults and writes extensively on issues at the interface of health care and business. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed articles as well as multiple articles in the general medical press and in alternative media as well as multiple book and encyclopedia chapters. He has given over 2,000 academic, invited, educational, business and Grand Rounds lectures as well as chairing and directing numerous educational meetings for academic, professional and business organizations. He has chaired, co-chaired and served on several key national committees and task forces for major organizations in US radiology.

Currently, he serves on the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology where he is the Chair of the Commission on Leadership and Practice Development as well as the Chief Medical Officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute and a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. He is also the current chair of the ACR International Economics Committee. In the past, he also served for six years as a founding co-chair of the Future Trends Committee for the ACR.

Previously he directed health care investments for the British Technology Group International and worked as a strategic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in their healthcare practice. He was also a partner at Philadelphia Ventures-a venture capital firm focusing on high tech medical and information technology early stage investments and he continues to work with start up companies in the healthcare sector.

He was educated and did his medical training in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Philadelphia. He is a licensed airplane pilot and an avid skier and SCUBA diver. In his spare time, he bikes, and chases after his two Portuguese water dogs, Rocky and Gabby and his pot belly pig, Pyper.


Elizabeth W. Miller, JD
Associate General Counsel, University of Arizona

Elizabeth W. Miller joined the University of Arizona Office of the General Counsel in January 2015. Her practice focuses on employment law and student-related matters with a particular emphasis on the University of Arizona Health Sciences colleges. 

Prior to joining the University, Dr. Miller was in private practice in Tucson and Washington, D.C. Her practice included representing employers and employees in civil lawsuits in state and federal court and before administrative bodies. She also provided on-going counsel and advice to employer clients on a wide range of legal and policy matters.

Dr. Miller earned her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2008. She also holds a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University (2005) and a B.S. in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University (2001). Dr. Miller is a member of the State Bars of Arizona and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia Bar Association.  She is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Francisco A. Moreno, MD
Deputy Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, College of Medicine – Tucson
Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, UA Health Sciences

Dr. Moreno is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Tucson.  He has been conducting research, educating a broad range of trainees, and providing psychiatric care for the last 20 years, since completing his psychiatry residency and fellowship training in neurobiology and psychopharmacology here at The University of Arizona.

Dr. Moreno has served as Director of Inpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Clinic Director, Director of Research, Director of Residency, Executive Vice Chair, and Interim Department Head in Psychiatry.

Dr. Moreno serves as Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, supporting, and promoting efforts by our campus community to address the needs of our increasingly diverse population.


Allie Min, MD
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development, College of Medicine – Tucson

Allie Min is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Faculty Affairs has become a large part of Dr. Min’s endeavors in the College of Medicine. As Chair of the Dean’s Council on Faculty Affairs in 2015, she launched the Mentoring Societies, a college-wide facilitated peer-mentoring program for junior faculty. In January 2018, Dr. Min became the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development. In this role, she is responsible for faculty professional development and mentoring, including the coordination of the Learning to Lead program.

Dr. Min completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 and graduated from the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine residency program in 2007. Staying on as faculty at the University of Arizona, she served as an Assistant Residency Program Director from 2008 to 2011. Then in 2011 she was promoted to Associate Residency Program Director and served in this role for 7 years. Dr. Min became more involved with undergraduate medical education in 2015 as the Associate Director for the Clinical Reasoning Course and in 2017 became a Societies Mentor for the College of Medicine.

Dr. Min works clinically in the emergency departments at BUMC-Tucson and BUMC-South campuses. She also serves as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.


Victoria Murrain, DO
Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education, College of Medicine – Tucson
Interim Deputy Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Victoria Murrain is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (now Western University) in Pomona, California.  After completing the Family Medicine residency at The University of Arizona, she took a position at the South Plains Community Health Center in the panhandle of Texas.  After 3 years of providing care to migrant and seasonal workers coupled with dodging tornadoes, she returned to the University of Arizona Family Medicine program as a faculty member. 

Dr. Murrain’s special areas of interest are: Diversity, Community Medicine, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Managed Care. In conjunction with the mobile health clinic, she established a maternity care outreach program which continues to serve un or underinsured pregnant patients.  Most recently, she has been appointed as the Interim Deputy Dean of Diversity and Inclusion.  As a recent graduate of AAMC’s Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, her goal is to promote Inclusive Excellence at the University of Arizona COM Tucson. 


Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD, FACS
Chief, Division of General Surgery/Surgical Oncology
Leader, Clinical Discipline/Surgical Oncology - Arizona Cancer Center

Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD, FACS, is Professor and Chief of the Division of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Tucson. She joined the faculty after 10 years at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Her clinical expertise is in general and pancreaticobiliary surgery, including pancreatic and periampullary cancer, acute and chronic pancreatitis, gallstone disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and general surgery. She has extensive expertise in comparative effectiveness and health services research. Her research has focused on the quality of cancer care and the care of surgical patients. Dr. Riall has been instrumental in developing and implementing critical pathways to streamline care, improve outcomes, and decrease cost of patients undergoing pancreatic, gallbladder, and colorectal surgery. Dr. Riall is also an executive leadership coach, trained at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She applies her leadership training as a developmental tool to help surgeons and residents reach their full potential by raising self-awareness, developing emotional intelligence, clarify their goals, identifying and addressing personal challenges, and consciously improve and integrate the many facets of their lives.


Andreas A. Theodorou, MD, FCCM, FAAP
Clinical Chief Education Officer, Banner - University Medical Group
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine – Tucson

Andreas Theodorou, MD, FCCM, FAAP is the Chief Clinical Education Officer for the Banner University Medical Group (BUMG) of Banner health where he is a passionate advocate for quality, patient safety and medical error reduction.  BUMG includes the academic medical centers and faculty affiliated with the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in both Phoenix and Tucson.

Dr. Theodorou is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  Because of his strong interest in medical error reduction he helped establish the University of Arizona’s Interprofessional Education & Practice (IPEP) program in 2005 at the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC).  As founding director of this program, he has been a leader in the University of Arizona mission to introduce medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health and law students early in their professional education to the practice of working in health care teams with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and safety of patient care. 

Dr. Theodorou’s research interests include medical error reduction, interprofessional education, and a direct observation approach to medication error and adverse drug event detection.   As Co-Principal Investigator in the VIPER Institute’s clinical trials network for antivenom studies, he played an integral role, resulting in the New England Journal of Medicine publication and only FDA-approved scorpion antivenom in the United States.  He was the Site Co-Principal Investigator for the multi-center NIH-funded clinical trial, Therapeutic Hypothermia After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA), and as a practicing pediatric intensivist is a co-investigator in several other pediatric critical care studies.  He is currently a Co-PI of the multi-center, NIH funded All of Us Research Program, the corner stone of the Precision Medicine initiative.


Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Luanne Thorndyke is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She leads an office responsible for all matters related to faculty, including sponsoring faculty/leadership development; efficiently and consistently administering academic affairs (appointment, promotion, tenure); stimulating faculty recruitment and retention, leading efforts to promote recognition and satisfaction; supporting faculty Diversity and inclusion; and spearheading efforts to advance women and promote gender equity. Under her leadership, UMMS was one of five medical schools nationally to receive a $250,000 grant for innovative work in career flexibility for medical faculty from the American Council on Education and Alfred Sloan Foundation.

Prior to joining UMMS, she was Associate Dean for Professional Development at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education. She established the Penn State Jr. Faculty Development Program, an initiative nationally recognized as a model for faculty development and mentoring, also implemented at UMMS. A graduate of Duke University and University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Thorndyke has broad experience in academic administration, programmatic development, and clinical leadership. A board-certified internist, clinical interests include women’s health and geriatrics. Following residency training, she launched her career by establishing a community-based, primary care practice in Philadelphia that has continued for over 25 years. Scholarly interests include faculty development, mentoring, leadership and advancement of women, and faculty competencies. A highly sought after speaker, she has influenced many through numerous workshops, presentations, and mentoring/role modeling. 

Thorndyke was elected Chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs in 2013, and is also a member of the Group on Diversity and Inclusion and the Group on Women in Science and Medicine. She won the 2012 Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women's Association, received the Inpidual Leadership Award from the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science in 2013, the UMMS Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty Award in 2016, and the AAMC Carol J. Bland Phronesis Award from the GFA in 2016.


Allison M. Vaillancourt, PhD
Vice President for Business Affairs & Human Resources, University of Arizona

Allison Vaillancourt serves as the University of Arizona’s Vice President for Business Affairs and Human Resources. Her portfolio includes Arizona Public Media, Human Resources, the Office of Institutional Equity, and Risk Management Services. She is especially proud of her efforts to support leadership at all levels. In addition to co-directing the University’s Academic Leadership Institute and Information Technology Leadership Academy, Ms. Vaillancourt is engaged in several national leadership development initiatives.

Ms. Vaillancourt is also a professor of practice in the School of Government and Public Policy and she has an organizational consulting and executive coaching practice.  She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education and has published more than 200 articles about organizational behavior and workplace dynamics. Among the most quoted and circulated are Don’t Let Mean People Destroy Your Career, Why Administrators Should Love Shared Governance, and You’re No Messiah.

Ms. Vaillancourt received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD from the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs. During the course of her career, she has also worked as a journalist, fundraiser, medical research administrator, and policy advisor.