Brian J. Zink, M.D., confirmed as associate dean for faculty and faculty development

September 20, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Brian J. Zink, M.D., has joined the U-M Medical School leadership team as senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development, effective Sept. 1. The board of regents confirmed his appointment on Thursday.

Zink is a professor and senior associate chair for education and faculty development in the Department of Emergency Medicine. A founding member of the department, he has extensive experience in mentoring, faculty and leadership development, education, medical humanities, history of emergency medicine and current policymaking in health care.

In his new role, he will serve as senior advisor to the medical school leadership team on faculty issues, and is responsible for oversight of the appointment, promotion and tenure processes. He will lead the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development (OFAFD) in supporting and informing the career progression of individual faculty, while working with medical school departments on all faculty career aspects, from recruitment through retirement. OFAFD also oversees medical school committee elections, as well as other faculty milestones.

After graduating from Allegheny College with a B.S. in biology, Zink earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He began his academic career in 1988 as an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Albany Medical College and joined the U-M faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor of emergency medicine in the Department of Surgery. From 1992-2006, he was a researcher in brain injury and alcohol effects in trauma and served as associate dean for student programs. During his first stint at U-M, he wrote the first comprehensive history of U.S. emergency medicine, “Anyone, Anything, Anytime.”

In 2006, he became the inaugural chair of emergency medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and chief of emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital. He returned to U-M in 2018 as a professor of emergency medicine. He also serves as co-director of the Leadership Development Program in the U-M Medical School.

Please welcome Zink in his new role and thank Margaret R. Gyetko, M.D., who provided tremendous leadership as senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development from 2007-19. She was a true champion for faculty, and served as a mentor, colleague and friend to many, while helping more than 3,000 active colleagues navigate faculty life at Michigan!