Division Chief Leadership Bootcamp (DCLB)

A two-day immersive program crafted by the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Division Chief Leadership Bootcamp (DCLB) is tailored for Division Chiefs at Baystate Health. This professional development initiative recognizes the pivotal role Division Chiefs play in healthcare leadership and aims to furnish them with essential tools and insights to excel in their roles.


Program Overview

The DCLB begins with a focus on foundational leadership skills, leveraging interactive sessions by Fierce, Inc., to explore effective communication, collaboration, and delegation. The second day delves into advanced leadership competencies, covering topics such as healthcare finance, talent acquisition, performance evaluation, process improvement, and coaching.

Learning Objectives

The DCLB equips Division Chiefs with comprehensive skills, strategies, and knowledge to enhance their leadership roles, addressing specific learning objectives such as conflict management, delegation, change management, healthcare finance, talent acquisition, process improvement, and effective communication.

Program Impact

  • Equips Division Chiefs with advanced leadership competencies, enabling them to effectively manage their departments, drive performance, and positively impact patient care outcomes.
  • Interactive sessions and peer discussions, the program fosters collaboration and enhances communication among Division Chiefs, leading to stronger teamwork, coordination, and synergy within healthcare teams.
  • Strategic leadership insights and operational knowledge will contribute to overall organizational effectiveness, and facilitating innovation within this role and Baystate Health.

Expected Outcomes

Division Chiefs can expect outcomes such as enhanced conflict management skills, improved delegation abilities, increased change management competence, expanded healthcare finance understanding, enhanced talent acquisition and development capabilities, strengthened collaboration, and improved coaching and leadership development skills.

Eligibility Criteria

Participants must currently hold the position of Division Chief at Baystate Health and be nominated by their Department Chairs or Service Line Leaders. The program is offered annually, underscoring its value as a periodic opportunity for Division Chiefs' professional development.


Participants registered for the Division Chief Leadership Bootcamp are expected to fully commit to the program by attending the full two-day in-person curriculum.

Application Steps

  1. Nomination by Department Chair or Service Line Leader: Division Chiefs must be officially nominated by their Department Chair or Service Line Leader, emphasizing their potential to benefit from and contribute to the DCLB.
  2. Submission of Nomination to Office of Faculty Affairs: The official nomination is submitted to the Office of Faculty Affairs, ensuring a structured and endorsed selection process.
  3. Participant Selection: The selection process considers the nominee's current role, potential for growth, and alignment with the goals of the DCLB. The limited cohort size ensures a focused and impactful learning environment.

Notification of Acceptance

Successfully selected Division Chiefs receive official notification of their acceptance into the DCLB. This notification marks the beginning of a two-day immersive experience aimed at honing their foundational and advanced leadership competencies.

Alumni Programming

Physician Leadership Academy and Division Chief Leadership Bootcamp alumni are invited to participate in two exciting leadership development programs offered throughout the year, Ignite Conversations with Dr. Andy Artenstein and The Quarterly Leadership Connection with invited guest presentations. These programs aim to fosters a collaborative community, providing valuable insights into organizational leadership.

DCLB Alumni


Joanna Beachy, M.D., Ph.D.
Newborn Medicine/ Pediatrics

Stephen J. Bonasera, M.D., Ph.D.
Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Ediz F. Cosar, M.D.
Anatomic Pathology

M. Cecilia Di Pentima, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Kimberley Geissler, Ph.D.
Healthcare Delivery & Population Sciences
Health Equity & Health Svcs Research

Rony Ghaoui, M.D.

Neal Hadro, M.D.
Vascular Surgery

Seth Kelly, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (EMS)

Cecilia Lozier, M.D.

Franklin Moore, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Pathology

Eva Nunlist, D.O., FAAP, FACC
Pediatric Cardiology

Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, M.D., M.S.
Healthcare Delivery & Population Sciences
Health and Behavior

John Romanelli, M.D.
General Surgery

Elizabeth Schoenfeld, M.D., M.S.
Emergency Medicine

Joe Sills, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
Baystate Wing Emergency Medicine

Amy Starmer, M.D., M.P.H.
General Pediatrics

Bruce Waslick, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Lester Chua, MD
Obstetric Anesthesiology

Frederick Conlin, MD
Cardiovascular and Vascular Anesthesia

Diane Dietzen, MD
Palliative Care

Narayana Lebaka, MD
Hospital Medicine (Noble)

Angela Martagon-Villamil, MD
Hospital Medicine(Franklin)

Sivakumar Natanasabapathy, MD
Medicinebr /> Hospital Medicine (BMC)

Paul Pirraglia, MD, MPH
General Medicine & Community Health

Fadi Bsat, MD
Ob Gyn
Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Paula Braverman, MD
Adolescent Medicine

Wael Sayej, MD

Nico Vehse, MD

George Hartnell, MD
Interventional Radiology

Michael Yunes, MD
Radiation Oncology

Edward Kelly, MD
Trauma & SICU

Holly Mason, MD
Surgical Oncology/Breast

Thomas Schwann, MD
Cardiac Surgery

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