Donna D. Elliott

Donna D. Elliott

Donna D. Elliott. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Elliott received her B.S., M.D., MSEd. and Ed.D. from USC. She joined the faculty at USC in 1989 as Associate Director of Pediatric Nephrology at LAC+USC Medical Center. Dr. Elliott was the Pediatric Clerkship Director from 1991 – 2000 and was the Associate Residency Program Director for the USC Pediatric Residency Program from 1999 - 2001.

Dr. Elliott teaches medical students in the second year renal course and medical students and residents on the pediatric nephrology elective and on the inpatient and outpatient general and specialty pediatric clinical services. She is currently the course director for Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine, a course taught in years 1 and 2 that focuses on topics such as ethics, professionalism, cultural competence, and health care policy and finance.

In 2005, Dr. Elliott was awarded a Mellon mentoring grant to assist clinical track faculty with promotion. Based on that work she was nominated and selected to receive a Mellon Excellence in Mentoring award. Dr. Elliott has received numerous teaching awards including the excellence in teaching award from the University of Southern California, the Kaiser Permanente Teaching award given to one clinical faculty member each academic year and teaching awards for excellence in teaching in both Year 3 and Year 4 courses.

Dr. Elliott’s research interests, including her recent dissertation, are in the area of health care disparities and cultural competence. She has a grant funded by the California Endowment and the Association of American Medical Colleges titled “Enhancing Cultural Competence Education”. With this funding she is developing educational materials for preclinical and clinical education that will be made available to all medical schools. Through her CET faculty fellowship she hopes to expand her work in the areas of diversity and culture to address issues on both the Health Science and University Park Campuses.