Cincinnati—Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, has been selected to be part of the 2009-2010 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. Ho is one of 53 women leaders from academic health centers across the United States selected to participate in this elite program, offered at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.
ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior female faculty for leadership at academic health centers—which include schools of medicine, dentistry and public health. Ho is the tenth University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine faculty member selected for this program since its inception in 1994.
The year-long ELAM program focuses on exercises to strengthen executive management and strategic leadership initiatives— such as strategic finance, organizational dynamics and personal/professional effectiveness—as applicable to the academic health center environment. It includes three week-long in-residence sessions, plus use of new information technologies for distance learning and community building.
“Dr. Ho is a strong leader in her field and at our institution, so she is very deserving of this honor,” says David Stern, MD, UC’s vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “As a scientist, she has contributed much to our overall understanding on how the environment and human genetics impact cancer risk and susceptibility. As a department chair, she has elevated our existing research capabilities, improved student education opportunities and is working to establish high impact programs and multidisciplinary research collaborations across our campus and with other academic institutions.”
Ho has served as the Jacob G. Schmidlapp professor and chair of the UC College of Medicine’s department of environmental health since 2005. She is also acts as director of urologic research for the department of surgery and the UC College of Medicine’s genomics and microarray laboratory.
An expert in epigenetic links to cancer and other diseases, Ho holds more than $5 million in research grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense (DoD) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.
Prior to joining UC, she served as a professor of surgery, cell biology and physiology at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School. In this role, Ho held numerous leadership positions, including vice chair of research, director of urologic research and director of translational research in the department of surgery. She was also co-director of the genitourinary oncology program at the UMass Cancer Center.
In her 27-year career, Ho has published nearly 160 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and currently serves as president of the Society for Basic Urological Research. She is also a member of the Scientific Counsel of the National Toxicology Program and regularly chairs National Institutes of Health and DoD study and strategic committees.
In 2007, she was unanimously selected for the Women in Urology Award for Excellence in Urologic Research. The award is presented jointly by the Society of Women in Urology and the Society of Basic Urologic Research.
Dr. Ho completed both her doctoral and undergraduate training at the University of Hong Kong—in zoology and biological sciences, respectively.