Luanne Thorndyke

Title(s)Executive Vice Dean, Professor of Clinical Medicine
Address1975 Zonal Avenue
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Collapse Education and Training
    University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NebraskaMD05/1983Medicine
    Duke University, Durham, North CarolinaBA05/1979Religion/Ethics
    Collapse Awards and Honors
    Massachusetts Medical Society 2018  - 2019Woman Physician Leadership Award
    University of Massachusetts Medical School2018  - 2019Finalist, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring
    Association of American Medical Colleges, Group on Faculty Affairs2016  - 2017Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award
    University of Massachusetts Medical School; Women's Faculty Committee2016  - 2017Outstanding Mentor Award
    Association of American Medical Colleges; Group on Women in Medicine and Science2013  - 2014Individual Leadership Award
    American Medical Women's Association2012  - 2013Elizabeth Blackwell Award
    1996  - 2016Best Doctor’s in America, Northeast United States
    Penn State Hershey Medical Center2009  - 2010Steven and Sharon Baron Leadership Award
    YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, PA2009  - 2010Women of Excellence Award
    Penn State University College of Medicine2008  - 2009Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Mentor
    Penn State University Commission for Women2006  - 2007Achieving Women Award for Outstanding Leadership
    Penn State University College of Medicine2004  - 2005Star Teaching Award
    Harrisburg Magazine2002  - 2003Dynamic Women of Harrisburg Award
    Penn State University Outreach2002  - 2003Penn State Continuing Education Team Award
    Penn State College of Medicine2002  - 2003Certificate of Recognition for Humanism in Medicine
    Alliance for Continuing Medical Education2001  - 2002Award for Outstanding CME Collaboration
    American College of Physicians1999  - 2020Election to Fellow status (F.A.C.P.)

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    Luanne Thorndyke, MD, is Executive Vice Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, a position which began on July 1, 2020. In this role, Dr. Thorndyke represents the Dean’s office across a broad spectrum of initiatives. She interacts regularly with department chairs and institute heads to accelerate new programs and integrate feedback from the leadership back to the Dean, harmonizing and facilitating school activities in accordance with KSOM’s strategic vision.

    An accomplished academic leader, faculty development innovator, respected educator and experienced physician, Dr. Thorndyke was recruited to the Keck School of Medicine while serving as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. At UMass, she led the Office of Faculty Affairs and oversaw the entirety of academic affairs (appointment, promotion and tenure; governance and policies), faculty/leadership development, gender equity and faculty diversity. As Vice Provost from 2010-2020, she created programs to foster faculty development, academic advancement and leadership development, with a focus on advancement of women and faculty underrepresented in medicine.

    Born and raised in Nebraska, Dr. Thorndyke pursued an interdisciplinary premedical program at Duke University, concentrating in religion, ethics and public policy. She attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, then completed internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania affiliated program at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Following residency, she established a community-based clinical practice in Philadelphia, which grew to three offices and continues today as part of the Penn Medicine network.

    Dr. Thorndyke joined the Penn State College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She was recruited to become the Medical Director of a satellite academic faculty practice, the Hershey Internal Medicine Associates. During her tenure as Medical Director, the practice became a multi¬disciplinary, ten-physician faculty practice with residents, students and other providers. A board-certified internist and geriatrician, Dr. Thorndyke also served as Co-Director of the Midlife & Menopause Consultation Clinic of the Penn State Women's Health Center.

    While at Penn State, Dr. Thorndyke was appointed Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education, responsible for educational programming for physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel. Dr. Thorndyke was later promoted to Associate Dean for Professional Development, with expanded responsibilities to recruit, sustain and retain faculty.

    Dr. Thorndyke is a national leader in faculty and academic affairs. She was elected Chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs and has received multiple local, regional and national awards for her work in faculty affairs/faculty development, leadership and mentoring. Scholarly interests include faculty/leadership development, gender equity, mentoring, faculty engagement, resilience and vitality.