Department of Anesthesiology Faculty Development

Faculty development and career advancement programs can result in increased satisfaction in the workplace, higher productivity resulting in greater faculty rank advancement, increased retention of faculty members and improved work-life balance. The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology Faculty Development and Career Advancement (FDCA) Program is to provide all faculty members with the necessary guidance and support for acquiring the specific knowledge and skills to develop their careers in academic medicine optimally and to foster strategies that empower our faculty to succeed in this highly challenging environment.

Through the FDCA program, we aim to help create a thriving academic environment and an inclusive community for our faculty, while maintaining strategic adaptability. We also help cultivate an atmosphere for success that acknowledges and rewards clinical excellence, explores and embraces novel pedagogical approaches, and supports innovative research programs. Our department continues its commitment to promoting diversity as well as respecting the dignity and well-being of all individuals in its community.

Through the FDCA Program, we build on our past successes and plan for a future where faculty feel energized, supported and ready for the next challenges in healthcare delivery.


Faculty Development Leadership

  • Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD

    • Co-Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement

    Dr. Maya Jalbout Hastie, a graduate of the American University of Beirut, first came to Columbia University as a fellow in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. After completing a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Hastie joined the faculty in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA), in 2005. She has served as Associate Fellowship Director since 2007 and as ACTA Fellowship Program Director since 2017. In these roles, she has been involved in the administrative, educational, and clinical expansion of the fellowship program, and she played a pivotal role in the fellowship’s ACGME accreditation.

    Dr. Hastie is a certified doctoral candidate for a Doctorate in Education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has received educational grants supporting her work on the impact of social media in education and the use of flipped classroom in anesthesiology education. Her primary interests are in faculty development and leadership. She serves as co-director of the Department of Anesthesiology’s Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program, and she is active in national societies as an advocate for the advancement of the careers of women physicians. Her research is on the perceptions that women in academic medicine have of leadership.

  • Danielle B. Ludwin, MD

    • Co-Director of the Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program

    Danielle B. Ludwin is the Co-director of the Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  She is an associate professor of anesthesiology and the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Director.  Dr. Ludwin   completed her anesthesiology residency at Weill Cornell Medical College and a fellowship in regional anesthesia at Hospital for Special Surgery. She has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on regional anesthesia.  Dr. Ludwin is a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators at Columbia University Medical Center and a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society.

  • Robert A. Whittington, MD

    • Professor of Anesthesiology at CUMC; Vice Chair for Faculty Development; Assistant Dean for Faculty Development; Office of Academic Affairs

    Since joining the Department of Anesthesiology at CUMC in 1996, I have been actively involved in the three major areas of career activities of significance in academic medicine. I have been a highly active clinician, RO1-funded investigator, and committed educator. I have also held clinical and educational administrative positions, which have been of inestimable value in terms of developing a comprehensive understanding of the academic enterprise. My skills in all of these academic areas of focus have enabled me to develop a better appreciation of what is essential in a university environment for faculty to maintain a high level of success and wellness. From 2005-2017, I served as both associate residency program director in Anesthesiology and assisted the educational division leadership with many of the ACGME-required educational initiatives and responsibilities to ensure that our residency remained a top-tier training program.

    In 2012, I began to work with the CUMC Office of Academic Affairs on several projects related to the introduction of new career advancement tracks for non-tenure eligible faculty. I currently serve on committees that are developing mentoring best practices according to the recently established areas of focus for academic promotion for clinicians, investigators, and educators. In 2016, I was appointed Assistant Dean of Faculty Development in the Office of Academic Affairs at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. I continue to be actively involved in many institutional projects at Columbia focusing on academic promotion, mentoring, career development planning, physician wellness, as well as initiatives focusing on improving the mentoring opportunities for underrepresented minorities. In 2016, I was also appointed Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Career Advancement in the Department of Anesthesiology at CUMC. In this role, I have been enthusiastically working with the chair and FDCA leadership to ensure that career development opportunities, including successful mentoring and academic promotion opportunities, are available to all anesthesiology faculty.