Pathologist joins Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine faculty

Dr. Linda S. Ellis
Dr. Linda S. Ellis

Feb. 19, 2013 - Dr. Linda S. Ellis has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

As an associate professor of medical sciences, Ellis will be responsible for teaching pathology, anatomy, histology and pathophysiology of disease, as well as health law and ethics, at Connecticut's newest medical school, which is scheduled to begin classes in the Fall of 2013. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education issued the medical school preliminary accreditation and the state Board of Education granted its approval in October 2012.

Ellis also will co-direct the medical school's capstone concentration in health law and policy with John Thomas, a professor in the School of Law.

"I look forward to assist in providing medical students with the tools they'll need to accommodate impending changes in health care and successfully navigate a complicated medicolegal system to improve the quality and safety of health care delivery," Ellis said. "I believe strongly in the importance of improving the culture of medicine by providing our students with a solid foundation in health law and policy, bioethics, and interprofessional education."

Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, said, "I am very pleased that Dr. Ellis is a member our faculty. She is an accomplished pathologist with experience in both anatomical and clinical pathology.  In addition, her legal training will be invaluable in the development and delivery of the legal and ethical aspects of medicine we are programing into the curriculum."

Ellis comes to Quinnipiac from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where she was an associate professor of pathology and pediatrics in the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics. She also was an associate pediatric pathologist in the Department of Pathology at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego and medical director of the Point of Care Testing and Chemistry Laboratories at Rady Children's Hospital. She previously served as associate professor and medical director of anatomic pathology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and USC Keck School of Medicine.

Ellis, who is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and pediatric pathology, completed her medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She completed her post-doctoral residency training in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She completed her fellowship training in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Sciences at St. Louis University School of Medicine and the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center's Department of Pediatric Pathology in St. Louis.

Most recently, Ellis completed a master's of jurisprudence degree in health law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac, which will train primary care physicians, has named St. Vincent's Medical Center of Bridgeport, Conn., as its primary clinical affiliate. The medical school also has clinical affiliations with MidState Medical Center of Meriden, Conn. and Middlesex Hospital of Middletown, Conn.