Ruth Gotian, EdD, MS, is the inaugural assistant dean of mentoring and executive director of the newly launched Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. In addition, she is the chief learning officer in anesthesiology and assistant professor of education in anesthesiology. Dr. Gotian received her BS and MS in Business Management from the University at Stony Brook in New York as well as certificates in Executive Leadership and Managing for Execution from Cornell University. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College Columbia University where she studied adult learning and leadership and focused her research on optimizing success of physician-scientists.
Dr. Gotian publishes in both medical education and adult learning journals on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to networking, mentoring, leadership development and optimizing success. She is the co-editor of a new book on medical education, Research on the Efficacy of Training Programs and Systems in Medical Education. Dr. Gotian won numerous mentoring awards and most recently was awarded the Bert I Shapiro Award for having a national impact on physician-scientist training. She is the youngest person to ever win this award and is the second woman awardee. She has personally mentored 302 undergraduates and 304 MD-PhD students during her career. She now oversees the success of nearly 1,800 faculty members at Weill Cornell Medicine.