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Elisa A Zenni, MD



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Elisa A. Zenni, M.D., is a University of Florida professor of pediatrics and a board-certified pediatrician at UF Health in Jacksonville. She also serves as senior associate dean for educational affairs at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, as well as the campus designated institutional official, ensuring the campus' accredited graduate medical education programs comply with ACGME requirements.

Dr. Zenni received her undergraduate degree in child study and her medical doctorate from Tufts University in Massachusetts. After an internship in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, she completed her residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in academic general pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University. After serving on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, she joined the faculty at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville in 1995.

Dr. Zenni has won numerous teaching awards and is a member and former chair of the University of Florida Society of Teaching Scholars. She has facilitated numerous workshops on teaching skills at local, regional and national levels. She holds current or past leadership positions on several local and national committees, including the Academic Pediatric Association’s Board of Directors, Education Committee, Educational Scholars Program and School & Community Health Special Interest Group. She is a senior faculty member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Young Physicians Leadership Alliance. She received the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society Educator of the Year award in 2015 and was selected as an inaugural member of the National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics in 2020.

Dr. Zenni’s research interests focus primarily on medical education. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers on curriculum evaluation, teaching residents in the community, faculty development, peer review of teaching, mentoring and assessment of medical educators. She has also given many oral and poster presentations on medical education topics at regional and national conferences and has moderated plenary sessions on medical education.

My research

Top areas of exploration

  • Pediatrics , 8 publications
  • Models, Educational , 2 publications
  • Child Development , 2 publications
  • Problem-Based Learning , 2 publications

Research activity

17 publications

286 citations

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