The 43rd Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture

“A Story of Communication Skills in the COVID Context: using, developing, teaching, inspiring”


Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE
Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE

presented by

Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE

Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Vice Dean for Education, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons 

Columbia University

President, Society of General Internal Medicine


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™



Dr. Lypson is the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at CUMC, vice dean for education at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and current president of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She is a board-certified general internist with significant leadership experience in clinical, educational, and administrative arenas. Her work focuses on innovations and improvements in health professions education and assessment, health equity, workforce diversity, faculty development, medical care delivery, and provider communication skills.

Dr. Lypson received an AB from Brown University and an MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her graduate medical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Internal Medicine - Primary Care. Subsequently, she completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has trained to be an executive coach and recently entered the fourth cohort of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Health Innovator program.

Dr. Lypson most recently served as professor, vice chair of Medicine, and division director of General Internal Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medical and Health Sciences. Prior roles included serving as the director for medical and dental education for the Veterans Health Administration, where she oversaw undergraduate and graduate medical education across the nation within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Earlier, she served in many hospital leadership roles at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, including acting chief of staff, and in educational leadership roles at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she served as assistant dean for graduate medical education, interim associate dean for diversity and career development, and faculty director of the Standardized Patient Program.

Dr. Lypson has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier medical education journals in the areas of resident assessment, communication skills, cultural competency education, workforce diversity, and faculty development. She has held many national roles focused on health professions education, including with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the National Board of Medical Examiners, and she served previously as secretary of the Society of General Internal Medicine. As a medical education leader in administrative, organizational, and professional fields and as an executive coach, she has mentored faculty, staff, and peers in various specialties and administrative areas.

Dr. Lypson continues to strive for wellness and work/life balance. She has written on the topic of physician marriages especially in academic medicine and is the wife of Dr. Andrew D. Campbell, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. She also is a mother of two school-aged children.

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