N. Lynn Eckhert is the Director of Academic Programs at Partners HealthCare International. Trained as a pediatrician she is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health where she earned a Master of Public Health and a Doctorate of Public Health. Prior to joining PHI she served at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine as Associate Dean of Admissions, Professor and Chairman of Family and Community Medicine and Dean/Vice Chancellor for International and Public Health Programs. While at the University of Massachusetts Medical School she served as Chairman of the Executive Council and President of the University Hospital Medical staff.
Dr. Eckhert has wide ranging experience in health professions education as her career spans the professions of nursing, medicine and public health. She has worked extensively in interprofessional education and has published in this area. Her publications center upon medical education with specific interest in medical education around the global. She was named the inaugural William Walsh Fellow of Project Hope which brought her to Central America and Europe for numerous primary care health educator programs. In 2014 she was granted a Fulbright Specialist Award for work on developing a Master of Public Health program in Saudi Arabia.
Her international experience began with a US Federal Grant to a Liberian Hospital as a medical student where she later returned during an outbreak of Lassa fever. A sabbatical year brought her to the University of Zimbabwe where she worked with the George Huggins School of Medicine in an innovative curriculum bringing medical students to the low resource urban and rural communities throughout the country. In 2010-2012 she served as the Interim Dean of a newly developing medical school, the Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. These experiences have enriched her teaching of faculty in health professions schools and medical students in community medicine, pediatrics and public.
A recognized leader in health professions education, Dr. Eckhert has served as Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges, President of the Associations of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and Chairman of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. She also is a founding member of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, FAIMER. She is also a member of the Board of the Directors of the National Board of Medical Examiners and their International Advisory Committee.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including Distinguished Alumni Awards from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and from her undergraduate institution, Denison University. She also has been honored with the Lifetime Career Achievement by the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. In 2012 she received the Renaissance Woman Award from the Foundation for the History of Women in medicine.