Linda Pololi, MBBS, FRCP

Linda PololiDistinguished Research Scientist, Brandeis University
Resident Scholar, Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center
Director, The National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C - Change
Director, C - Change Mentoring and Leadership Institute

C-Change Director Linda Pololi, distinguished research scientist, is nationally recognized for innovative contributions to the professional development of faculty in academic medicine, including women and underrepresented minority groups. She developed — and is a leading proponent of — an evidence-based collaborative group approach to mentoring and leadership development that is predictably reliable in facilitating career enhancement for medical faculty.

Pololi is part of a team of researchers who were recently awarded a five-year, $3.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to contribute to the understanding of mentoring in academic medicine.

Pololi’s research and efforts to improve education for students, residents and faculty have emphasized humanizing the learning environment, learner-centered and relationship-based methods to facilitate vitality, learning, physician-patient communication, mentoring and multiculturalism. Her multi-institutional research on the academic medical environment showed the importance of the “culture” to faculty vitality, challenging academic leaders to be change agents and was the subject of her book, “Changing the Culture of Academic Medicine.”

Pololi was the principal investigator and founding director of the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (ECU). She has served in professorial and administrative posts within the schools of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Brown University, East Carolina University, and the University of Massachusetts, and in numerous educational advisory groups.

Pololi is the recipient of the 2011 Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK). She is a certified facilitator for the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare and the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Pololi received her medical degree and postgraduate training at the University of London, UK.