- Her ability to bring out the potential in others
- A genuine curiosity about others coupled with a deep commitment to their success
- A focus on forming deep, trusting, and long lived relationships with others
- Amazing listening skills plus the use of insight, humor, and honesty to provide feedback
- A practical and goal-oriented style that enables her to provide clear and actionable feedback
Brian J. Zink, MD
Dr. Zink has a 34-year academic career at three different medical schools as a physician scientist, educator, associate dean for student programs, chair of a department of emergency medicine, and currently dean of faculty. He has extensive experience in the career development of academic physician leaders. As the inaugural professor and chair of emergency medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2006) he built a strong academic department and helped to develop a new physician practice organization. He founded and co-directs the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (AACEM), Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Chair Development Program (CDP) and has trained over 125 physician leaders in this program.
Additional leadership roles and experience include serving as President of SAEM and AACEM, in high level Committees and Advisory Groups in the Association of American Medical Colleges, and on the Board of Directors of Lifespan, Inc. He also served as President of the University Emergency Medicine Foundation in Rhode Island for 11 years. Dr. Zink has won numerous institutional and national educational and leadership awards, including awards for the advancement of women faculty.
In his current role as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Faculty Development at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Zink is responsible for the appointments, promotions, career development, and compensation of 3,100 medical school faculty members across 29 departments. His areas of focus include professionalism, well-being, leadership development, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Dr. Zink’s goal is to coach and advise physician leaders on practical elements for success in the academic world, as part of an overall meaningful, satisfying, and sustainable life journey.