Heather Abraham

Heather Abraham

Heather Abraham

Administrative Title

Program Director

Class Year

Class of 2015

Narrative Bio

 Dr. Abraham is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the WSU/DMC Med-Peds Residency. After an additional year as Chief Resident, she joined the Faculty of the Med/Peds Program in Fall 2016 and was soon after appointed Associate Program Director. She and Dr. Ayers worked closely on their transition plan, and she was appointed Program Director for the Residency in August 2022. She is only the third Program Director in the history of our residency and aims to continue to champion the mission of her predecessors.

She has made numerous contributions to medical education within the department, across graduate medical education and the school of medicine. She is well known for her commitment to excellence in teaching and mentorship, earning multiple best teacher awards. She was selected for a highly competitive and distinguished national leadership program, the American College of Physicians LEAD Academy, and she is one of few junior faculty in the country to complete this program. She seeks to mentor others interested in leadership and academic medicine.

In the service of resident education, she has worked to improve communication between the Residents and Faculty in order to improve the residency experience. She advocates for resident wellness as part of the DMC GME wellness committee, championing issues such as lactation support for trainees. She is lead faculty and principal investigator of the program’s structured longitudinal Residency Wellness Curriculum, one of few of its kind, which features consultation sessions with a clinical psychologist. She has assisted in the development of curricula aimed at broadening the scope of the Med/Peds experience, and on evolving evaluation strategies to improve resident feedback and training.

Dr. Abraham serves as medical director of the General Medical Ambulatory Practice resident clinic, and her leadership has brought increased structure, productivity, and cohesiveness to the clinic. She steadily led ambulatory operations during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic surge, where others simply closed-up shop. Her quick and decisive leadership resulted in a swift pivot to telemedicine and tele-education, and the clinic managed to maintain solvency, serve patients, and educate trainees during this time of crisis. She partnered with the Division of Pulmonology in creating the Wayne Health Department of Internal Medicine’s CoVID Continuing Care Clinic in mid-2020, in order to serve patients dealing with the longer-term effects of the CoVID-19 disease.

Dr. Abraham is a Detroit native and has been an active member of the community throughout her career. Her interests are Primary Care, Transitions of Care, Medical Education, and Advocacy. Her heart lies with the Residency program, the School of Medicine, and the City of Detroit, and her professional efforts are in this service. On a personal note, she is a dedicated Wolverine sports fan (Go Blue!), and she and her husband Ryan are parents to two spirited children, Fiona and Callum

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