Employee Recognition  

Congratulations to the 2013 Inspiring Change Leadership Award Recipients

Usha Chhiba

Division Manager Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology

Usha Chhiba

Nominations included the following statements:

Usha has extensively restructured a very complicated division of Pediatrics leading to increased effectiveness and efficiency in the staff. She has developed greatly improved processes for monitoring and proactively managing a rapidly growing portfolio of extramural funding. She has partnered with Divisional leaders to ensure adequacy of staffing and sound business foundations for their clinical enterprise.

Usha has created new processes to facilitate grants management, including establishment of scheduled meetings with each PI to ensure optimal compliance through ongoing management and oversight of each award. She has been creative and tenacious in managing a series of physician staffing crises that touched all of the units in our network, handling each with extraordinary grace and remarkable success.

She demonstrates superb judgment in personnel management, facilitating the growth of those who were ready and mentoring those who needed help. She has been extremely generous with her knowledge, supporting and mentoring others in similar roles across the department.  Her leadership skills are outstanding and her technical work is exemplary.

Usha is outrageously well respected across her division and among her peers and employees. She has emphasized openness and responsiveness on the one hand, and high standards and accountability on the other hand.  Her unfailingly positive attitude and her grace under pressure create confidence in the faculty and motivate her staff.

She is an obvious choice for this recognition.

Aarti Porwal

Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Office of Institutional Planning

Aarti Porwal

Nominations included the following statements:

Aarti is the administrative lead for the School of Medicine's LCME re­accreditation planning process. The LCME re-accreditation process is required of every U.S. medical school, and is an extremely complex institutional process requiring the involvement of multiple departments and individuals. Aarti's extraordinary strategic planning and project management skills led to new systems for executing the data collection, self-study, and site visit processes.

Stanford's site visit proved very successful, but perhaps more importantly, Aarti's leadership has resulted in continuous quality improvement as it relates to the MD program. Rather than focusing on the "once every eight years" cycle for LCME re-accreditation, the MD program is now even more focused on continuous opportunities for making a great medical school even better.

Aarti has been universally recognized by senior leadership, faculty and staff for her collaborative style. The LCME process is known among medical school leadership as an extremely stressful, demanding period, and yet Aarti never sacrificed collegiality, respect, or cooperation as she led the way through the complexity and deadlines for preparation and execution. In fact, the self-study led to an increased sense of community, collegiality, and teamwork, in large part because of Aarti.

Aarti has also been the administrative lead for the Transforming Medical Education initiative, which is in the process of generating multiple innovations to the MD curriculum. Aarti's leadership for how to execute this major undertaking has led to multiple committees and individuals collaborating on curricular change.

Aarti possesses the ability to swiftly and skillfully execute the vision of senior school leadership. She "makes big things happen," and inspires all with whom she works to seize the opportunity to create groundbreaking change.


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