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Teaching Faculty

Elizabeth Cerceo, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Core Faculty, Center for Humanism
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine
Hospital Medicine

Education and Training

Medical School: UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Internship: University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Special Interests

Medical management of the acute care adult, resident education, pneumonia


  • Society of Hospital Medicine

About Me

Elizabeth (Lisa) Cerceo is an associate professor of medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and a teaching fellow of their Academy of Master Educators. She is the Director of the Medical Humanities and the Director of Climate Health.

She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a double major in Biology and Psychology and a double minor in French and Music. Elizabeth completed her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she was selected for the Angelo P. Angelides Award for Academic Excellence in Medicine and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and then completed her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified general internist in the Department of Hospital Medicine. She is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine where she is the creator and editor of a faculty development resource, Clinical Quick Talks. 

Dr. Cerceo is the co-chair for Physician Engagement and serves as the Associate Program Director for the internal medicine residency where she develops novel curricula including a comprehensive research curriculum. She spearheads Wellness initiatives for Graduate Medical Education and runs Climate Health, Art of Medicine, and Medicine Grand Rounds. She is the faculty advisor for the CMSRU Green Team. She is the chair of Wellness and of Health and Public Policy for ACPNJ, in which role she has been advocating for sustainability efforts for healthcare systems by creating a task force for healthcare sustainability. The report from this group, the Sustainability Initiatives to Guide Healthcare Transformation ( ), forms a roadmap for greening healthcare. She speaks on healthcare sustainability and climate health at the regional, national, and international levels and is engaged in state and national policy discussions. 

As a clinical hospitalist, she is involved with medical education from the medical student level to faculty development. Her research interests focus on health and climate change, medical education, medical humanities, and the effects of gun violence with several grants supporting these interests. Dr. Cerceo is an Editor for BMC Medical Education, Associate Editor for Cooper Rowan Medical Journal, and a reviewer for several journals, including Critical Care Medicine and the Journal of Hospital Medicine where she has been named a top reviewer. She also reviews MKSAP, SHM question banks, and various annual meetings.