Donna B. Jeffe, PhD

Donna B. Jeffe, PhD

MERU Director

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences
Director, Medical Education Research Unit (MERU), Office of Education
Director, Health Behavior, Communication and Outreach Core, an affiliated resource of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) and the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine

For more than 25 years, Dr. Jeffe has been a principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator of federally funded medical-educational outcomes and program evaluation studies as well as clinical and behavioral studies. With a PhD in Education, Dr. Jeffe has expertise in survey-research design and questionnaire development, validation, and psychometrics, qualitative and quantitative research design and data analysis, and educational/program evaluation. She has an active educational-outcomes research program and is PI of a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded national cohort study (R01 GM085350) focusing on the recruitment, retention and promotion of women and underrepresented minorities in biomedical-research and academic-medicine careers. This study has been continuously funded since 2008.

Dr. Jeffe was the founding director of MERU, established in 2016. She has extensive experience designing and conducting clinical and educational epidemiological research, for which she has linked, managed, and analyzed data from multiple, large, national and population-based databases. She has led the evaluations of national training programs funded by NIH and other federal agencies, including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s mentored-research PRIDE programs for underrepresented minority junior faculty (2010-2018) and the federally funded National Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows’ Conferences (2005-2007). Dr. Jeffe received the 2007 Thomas Hale Ham Award for New Investigators by the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Education Affairs. She currently serves as Chair of the Siteman Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Community Partnership, a collaborative effort among individuals and community organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area in Missouri and Illinois and Siteman’s Program to Eliminate Cancer Disparities (PECaD).

Select publications

  1. Andriole DA, Jeffe DB. Prematriculation variables associated with suboptimal outcomes for the 1994–1999 cohort of U.S. medical-school matriculantsJournal of the American Medical Association. 2010;304(11):1212–1219.
  2. Jeffe DB, Andriole DA. A national cohort study of MD-PhD graduates of medical schools with and without funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Medical Scientist Training ProgramAcademic Medicine. 2011;86(8):953–961.
  3. Jeffe DB, Andriole DA. Factors associated with American Board of Medical Specialties Member Board Certification among US medical school graduatesJournal of the American Medical Association. 2011;306(9):961–970.
  4. Jeffe DB, Andriole DA. Prevalence and Predictors of U.S. Medical Graduates’ Federal F32, Mentored-K, and R01 Awards: A National Cohort StudyJournal of Investigative Medicine. 2018;66(2):340–350.
  5. Jeffe DB, Yan Y, Andriole DA. Competing-risks analysis of promotion and attrition in academic medicine: a national study of U.S. medical-school graduatesAcademic Medicine. 2019;94:227–236.