Luanne Thorndyke leads the Office of Faculty Affairs, and oversees all matters related to faculty, including faculty development; academic affairs (appointment, promotion & tenure, governance); leadership development, and gender and equity issues. She is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, with a special interest in women’s health, and has clinical experience as a medical entrepreneur, medical director, and physician executive in public, private, and academic health system settings.
Thorndyke is a graduate of Duke University, the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and internal medicine residency at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She joined Penn State College of Medicine, serving as Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and later Associate Dean for Professional Development before transitioning to UMass. Scholarly interests include professional and leadership development, mentoring, advancement of women, and faculty well-being, resilience, and vitality. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics and is a highly sought-after speaker. She chaired the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs (2012-13), led the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the organization, and created a new member mentoring program. She is part of the teaching faculty for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.
Thorndyke has received multiple awards for her work, including the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women’s Association, Individual Leadership Award from the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science, Outstanding Mentor Award from the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee, AAMC Carol J. Bland Phronesis Award from the GFA, and the Women’s Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society.