LEADS Fellowship Faculty

Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH

LEADS Fellowship Program Director
  • Chair, University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine

Myra Muramoto is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Previously, Muramoto had been chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where she had been a faculty member since 1990. She joined the Arizona faculty after serving as chief resident and as a research fellow in the college’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Muramoto has dedicated most of her career as an educator and researcher to substance-abuse education and treatment, with a particular focus on alcohol and tobacco use. As an educator, she has helped to develop national and international educational projects to train health care and human service providers in prevention, screening, and treatment of alcohol and tobacco use disorders.

Muramoto has been principal investigator or co-investigator on 48 translational research studies, 30 involving testing of novel pharmacologic, behavioral, and system interventions for tobacco cessation. The majority of her community-engaged tobacco cessation translational research has focused on ethnic/racial minority groups (Spanish-speaking, American Indian, rural African American), low-income populations, and other special populations (rural, adolescents, pregnant women, military, behavioral health disorders, complementary and alternative medicine patients and practitioners, global health).

From Myra: "It is a privilege to be Director of the ADFM LEADS Fellowship. Having been a fellow in 2013, and then moving into a leadership role, LEADS is a labor of love. We are striving to expand LEADS, to increase our diversity, and continually improve by: incorporating new ideas; soliciting the feedback of fellows, advisors and other stakeholders; and keep adapting the LEADS fellowship to the dynamic healthcare landscape and growing opportunities and need for family medicine leadership."

Val Gilchrist, MD

Learning Community Faculty Advisor
  • Former Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin

Valerie Gilchrist is a past chair for three departments of family medicine - University of Wisconsin 2008-2020, Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University 2005-2008, and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine 1997-2005. She received her medical degree from the University of Toronto and is board-certified in family medicine. She has previously served on the Board of ADFM, as well as the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

Steve Zweig, MD

Learning Community Faculty Advisor
  • Professor Emeritus, Former Chair, Former Dean | University of Missouri Medical School

Steven Zweig, MD, joined the MU Family and Community Medicine faculty in 1984 after graduating from medical school, completing residency and academic fellowship training, and earning his Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree at the University of Missouri. Early in his career, Dr. Zweig directed the Family Medicine Residency and later co-directed the Academic Primary Care Fellowship. He served as chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine from 2008 until 2019, when he was named interim dean of the MU School of Medicine. His appointment as dean was made permanent effective April 1, 2020. Dr. Zweig maintains an outpatient practice and cares for patients as a member of MU’s Supportive and Palliative Care team.