Impact in Education: Cynthia Ellis, M.D.

Cynthia Ellis, M.D.

Cynthia Ellis, M.D., is one of the recipients of an Office of Academic Affairs 2017 Impact in Education Award. She will receive the Interprofessional Education Scholar Award.

  • Name: Cynthia Ellis, M.D.
  • Titles:
    • Professor of pediatrics and psychiatry
    • Director, MMI Developmental Medicine
    • Director, Nebraska LEND Project
  • Joined UNMC: Attended UNMC for medical school 1981-1985. Returned as faculty in 1998.
  • Hometown: Omaha

Interprofessional Education Scholar Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to interprofessional education locally, regionally, or nationally.

You are the recipient of the Interprofessional Education Scholar Award. Why is interprofessional education important in today’s health care fields?
Team-based health care has become important in the evolution of our country’s health care system. Interprofessional education lays the foundation for professional collaboration in the provision of quality patient care by teaching future health professionals the skills they need to effectively partner as a team while also providing the opportunity for students to practice this teamwork in a safe, learning environment. The ensuing enhanced communication, shared decision-making, mutual respect and more comprehensive view of patient care benefits both the patients and the professionals.

Describe your proudest moment as an educator.
My proudest moments as an educator have been when my former students become my colleagues and collaborators. I work with many former students in patient care, educational and other professional activities and am so proud of the leadership and accomplishments of these amazing individuals.

What advice would you give other faculty members who want to have an impact in education?
First, seek out opportunities where you are passionate and enthusiastic about the students and your opportunity to help them learn and grow, and, second, embrace continuous learning, both in your field as well as from your students and other successful teachers.

Do you have a favorite quote or philosophy on teaching?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela


  1. Gary Beck Dallaghan says:

    Congratulations, Cindy! Well deserved recognition for the many years of interprofessional education you've been doing.

  2. Kim Bainbridge says:

    Congratulations Cindy! Glad you are at MMI.

  3. Tom O'Connor says:

    Congrats, Cindy. Glad to see you get the recognition you deserve!

  4. Kellie Ellerbusch says:

    Congratulations Cindy! This recognition is well deserved and overdue!

  5. Annie Bird says:

    Congratulations, Cindy! Recognition so justly deserved. We are very proud of you!
    Annie Bird

  6. John Keenan says:

    Congratulations, Cindy! Well deserved!

  7. Aileen Warren says:


  8. Candee (Jostad) Lake says:

    Congratulations, Cindy! I'm glad to see you recognized for your inspiring leadership at UNMC.

  9. Christie Anton says:

    Congratulations well deserved . Miss you guys so much šŸŽŠ

  10. Becky Reilly says:

    Cindy, I am so proud of you! This honor is well-deserved. Congratulations!

  11. Lisa Heuring says:

    Congratulations Cindy. A recognition well deserved!

  12. Pamela Richards says:

    Hi, I would like to say congratulations Dr. Ellis for the wonderful job your doing helping empower the youth of today and making such a impact on education. Iā€™m honored to have met you with Victoria. I enjoyed my time talking to you and sharing some of my experiences in education. Thank you for your hard work.
    Pam Richards.

  13. David Helm says:

    Congratulations Cindy! Great to recognize your leadership!

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