Sandy Goel, Pharm.D., to serve as interim chief wellness officer

January 6, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Sandy Goel, Pharm. D., has been appointed interim chief wellness officer of the U-M Medical School, effective Jan. 4. 

Goel will continue as the Wellness Office’s administrative director. She previously served as the Wellness Office’s senior administrator from 2019 through 2022. She replaces Kirk J. Brower, M.D., who retired on Jan. 3.

Goel is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and adjunct clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy. She is past president of the U-M College of Pharmacy Alumni Board of Governors and a former board member of the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. She is also a graduate of the U-M Business and Finance Leadership Academy. She became administrative director of the Wellness Office in 2022.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts (sociology) from the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Goel went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy with high distinction from the U-M College of Pharmacy. 

Upon graduation, she worked for Johnson and Johnson’s pharmaceutical division in the area of medical affairs and medical communications. After returning to her hometown of Ann Arbor, she joined the University of Michigan where she worked in pharmacy benefits on behalf of the university’s employees, retirees, and dependents. She then led the Michigan Medicine Specialty Pharmacy Services. 

Under her leadership, the Specialty Pharmacy team achieved high patient satisfaction ratings, high employee engagement, strong revenue generation and national accreditation. While there, she was appointed to a corporate responsibility role leading employee engagement strategic goals and initiatives for the Department of Pharmacy Services at Michigan Medicine.  

A national search for the next chief wellness officer will be facilitated by a committee led by Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Chair Mark Prince, M.D.

About the Wellness Office

During Brower’s tenure, the Wellness Office established a model for fostering workforce well-being that partners with others, including the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience, to advance wellness at the organizational, workplace and individual levels.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brower and his team established a Wellness Advocate Network to discuss and share well-being activities that has grown to 50 members representing academic departments, graduate medical education, nursing and laboratory medicine as well as medical students, physician assistants, medical assistants, and physical, occupational and recreational therapists.

Among its many accomplishments, the Wellness Office awards grants to faculty, staff and learners to pilot well-being interventions; funds seven faculty associates to identify, develop and implement best practices for well-being at Michigan Medicine; and meets with faculty and staff leaders to review their annual engagement survey results, identify goals and make plans to improve well-being for their respective areas.

At the national level, the Wellness Office participated in drafting the National Academy of Medicine’s 2022 National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being, and received recognition from the American Medical Association for its well-being efforts.