Gifts of Art presents two free Zoom concerts for Employee Appreciation Week

Posted on September 18, 2020

On Tuesday and Thursday of Employee Appreciation Week, Gifts of Art will present free 30-minute Zoom concerts.

From Chopin to Today by pianist Lucy Yao

When: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22 

A pianist, teacher, composer and interdisciplinary artist, Lucy Yao allows music to go anywhere possible that is unexplored. She draws from a rich repertoire ranging from 17th century solo piano works to interdisciplinary projects and music with electronics.

Beginning her music studies at the age of 4, and with degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Western Michigan University, Yao is based in New York City and now performs as a solo pianist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and collaborative pianist throughout the world.

Folk Music & More by Gemily

When: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 

Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits are Ann Arbor’s nationally-known folk music duo, Gemini. However, when they are joined by San’s daughter Emily, they are called Gemily!

The trio has a wide-ranging repertoire, from classic songs of the 1960s, to traditional folk songs and dance tunes, as well as their own sparkling originals. San and Emily will be together in one screen with Laz in another.  They will take turns singing and playing favorite songs on a variety of instruments.

For information on how to join the Zoom concerts, check out the Michigan Medicine Employee Appreciation Week schedule


Flu shot availability for patients

Posted on September 18, 2020

Flu vaccines are an essential part of protecting patients and our communities.

This year, flu shots may be even more important, with community spread of COVID-19 still active in southeast Michigan.

Michigan Medicine is actively encouraging flu immunization for all patients 6 months of age and older.

Communications to patients about the availability of flu shots this year focuses on a number of convenient ways to get a flu vaccine:

Visit your health department or a retail pharmacy in your community.
Use to find flu vaccine locations near you.

Look for a community flu shot clinic.
Community-based flu clinics, including several offered by Michigan Medicine Visiting Nurses (for ages 9 and up) and Michigan Medicine Community Health Services (for ages 19 and up), are available in many communities.

Make an appointment at one of Michigan Medicine’s health center flu shot clinics.
Flu shot clinics for established Michigan Medicine patients are available by appointment only on select days at Dominos FarmsWest Ann Arbor Health Center – Parkland PlazaYpsilanti Health Center and Northville Health Center. Any Michigan Medicine patient 6 months of age or older can be immunized at these locations. All Michigan Medicine clinics have the ability to schedule patients for appointment slots at any of these clinics.

Make an appointment for a drive-up flu shot clinics.
Drive-up flu shot clinics for established Michigan Medicine patients are available on select days at 2705 S. Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor, Briarwood Family Medicine and Canton Health Center. Drive-up clinic appointments are available by appointment only. All Michigan Medicine clinics have the ability to schedule patients for appointment slots at any of these clinics.

Get a flu shot at your next scheduled appointment.
Patients who already have an appointment at a Michigan Medicine primary care clinic can be immunized during their appointment. Many specialty clinics also offer flu shots and patients are being encouraged to inquire about getting immunized while at their scheduled appointments if they have not yet received the vaccine.

Patients can visit to learn more about flu shots and where they are available.

While primary and specialty clinics are not currently scheduling appointments within the clinic setting exclusively for flu shots, there is broad availability for flu shot appointments through the above health center flu clinics that have been scheduled.

Both the health center flu shot clinics and the drive-up flu shot clinics are prioritized for our patients, to promote public health and reduce barriers to access this important health service. 

Employees should continue to utilize clinical department flu liaisons, OHS flu clinics and retail pharmacy options for obtaining flu immunization. For upcoming on-site OHS flu clinic locations and dates, and to register, visit the flu prevention website.

Food and toiletry drive for Food Gatherers continues

Posted on September 18, 2020

Molly Dwyer-White, M.P.H., Janet Martinez and Ella Kazerooni, M.D., M.S., volunteer at the food drive.

More than a ton of food and toiletries, and funds totaling more than $24,000 have flowed to Food Gatherers in the past two weeks, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of U-M faculty, staff and learners, and local residents.

The donation drive launched earlier this month to help support the food security of neighbors in need will continue this weekend and throughout next week.

If you haven’t yet given, please consider shopping for some of the most-needed items listed here and bringing them to the North Campus Research Complex drive-up donation site any day of the week. Or give online via credit card at

Thanks to all those who have volunteered to staff the donation site during midday hours on weekdays and weekends. And thanks to the U-M Sign Shop for donating signs to guide donors.

2nd annual Medical Education Symposium for faculty to be held Oct. 13-16

Posted on September 18, 2020

The Medical Education Symposium is a week for faculty to focus on techniques and strategies that can improve student and trainee engagement, as well as their effectiveness as teachers.

The complexity, instability, and uncertainty of our academic and clinical environments present challenges to clinicians, and educators who are entrusted to understand and respond to these challenges. It requires science-using, evidence-based clinicians, and educators who are also rigorous creative thinkers and skilled in problem-solving and problem finding.

This virtual symposium, entitled “Innovation, Creativity, and Adaptability in Medical Education,” will take place during the week of Oct. 13 – 16, and will include multiple interactive sessions.

See the full agenda and register on the Faculty Development website.

Sessions include:

Keynote address: Beyond Comfort Zones: Creativity as a Critical Skill in Academic Medicine

Featuring Jay Baruch, M.D.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University and director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration

Breakout sessions:

  • Creative Coaching for Improvement
  • Innovative Feedback Methods
  • Mentoring the Creative Mind
  • Teaching in the Virtual Care Space
  • Creative Strategies for Engaging Learners in Virtual Spaces
  • Analyzing How Change Happens (or does not happen) in Health Sciences Education
  • A Better Way to Deliver Serious News

Panel discussion: Innovators’ Stories of Creativity

These workshops are hosted by the Office of Faculty Development and are intended for faculty. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend these workshops or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at


Week in Review: Week of Sept. 14, 2020

Posted on September 18, 2020

This week, Headlines celebrated much of what is new at Michigan Medicine!

For instance, on Monday, there was a breakdown of the organization’s new Mission, Vision and Values. The next day, Human Resources unveiled a website that will make it easier to recognize colleagues for the impressive work they do. To close out the week, there was a feature on recently-added menu items that will enhance the experience for many patients and families, and a dedicated team shared the initiatives they are undertaking to improve outcomes for those who develop sepsis.

Find all that and more in a brand-new edition of the Week in Review!

Delayed but not forgotten: Our Mission, Vision and Values

After nearly two years of discussion groups, town halls and surveys, the organization earlier this week debuted its Mission, Vision and Values – all meant to create a cohesive culture at Michigan Medicine. Learn more about MVV and why embracing them will allow everyone to “collaborate better, build trust and provide the best care.”

New recognition site provides opportunities to show appreciation

Now, more than ever, it is important to recognize the valuable work being performed by faculty, staff and learners. Fortunately, the organization is introducing a new website that will make such appreciation even easier to carry out. From a streamlined process to submit Making a Difference Awards to e-cards, a social stream and more, check out details of the new recognition website.

Better Together: Spiritual Care, PFANS team up to meet the needs of patients

When Rabbi Sara Adler encountered the family members of an Orthodox Jewish patient, she came to the realization that while the organization offered some Kosher food choices, it could do much more. So she and others in Spiritual Care went to work, eventually teaming with Patient Food and Nutrition Services to increase Kosher, as well as Halal (for those who follow Muslim law), menu options. Click through for the full story.

Multidisciplinary team gives providers tools to fight sepsis

Sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when an infection someone already has triggers a chain reaction throughout the body, is the third most-common diagnosis at Michigan Medicine. To help providers spot and treat sepsis earlier, experts have been working diligently to analyze the effectiveness of certain treatments and improve available technology. Find out more regarding this important work.

Want to learn even more about the new recognition site? Or about the upcoming Employee Appreciation Week? You can do so by checking out the latest episode of The Wrap! You can watch it via the YouTube video at the top of the page or listen via the media player below. Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so open in a new browser or find it on your personal device to take a listen.

Reminder: Leaders to host virtual Town Hall this afternoon

Posted on September 18, 2020

Don’t forget, a virtual Town Hall will be hosted by Michigan Medicine leaders on this afternoon, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. 

Topics of discussion will include vaccine clinical trials, COVID-19 surveillance testing, flu shots and staffing issues.

To join the town hall:

Password: 657670

To join via iPhone one-tap:

    US: +13017158592,,92478265278# 

To join via telephone:

    Dial: +1 301 715 8592 

    Webinar ID: 924 7826 5278

Brian J. Zink, M.D., appointed interim executive dean for academic affairs

Posted on September 18, 2020

Brian J. Zink, M.D., has been appointed interim executive vice dean for academic affairs (EVDAA) in the U-M Medical School, effective Sept. 8. His appointment, which also includes service as interim chief academic officer (CAO) for Michigan Medicine, was approved by the board of regents Thursday. 

Zink is a professor of emergency medicine, and since September 2019, he has served as senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development. He will continue in this role while working with senior leadership in administering the medical school’s academic mission, which includes oversight and guidance for medical and graduate students, and residents. He has extensive experience in mentoring, faculty and leadership development, education, medical humanities, history of emergency medicine and current policymaking in health care.

Zink joined the U-M faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor of emergency medicine and founding member of the Department of Emergency Medicine. From 1992-2006, he was a researcher in brain injury and alcohol effects in trauma, and from 2004-06 he served as associate dean for student programs. During his first stint at the 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 the U-M in 2018 as a professor.

Gorav Ailawadi, M.D., M.B.A., named chair for the Department of Cardiac Surgery

Posted on September 18, 2020

The board of regents Thursday approved the appointments of Gorav Ailawadi, M.D., M.B.A., as chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh Professor of Cardiac Surgery in the U-M Medical School, effective Sept. 1.

He also will hold an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Ailawadi, a former surgery resident at Michigan Medicine, returns to U-M after serving as a professor of surgery and chief of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the University of Virginia.

He held a joint appointment in biomedical engineering, and was director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, surgical director of the UVA Advanced Cardiac Valve Center, and director of the Medical Device Innovation Center.

“It’s an honor to return to the university for this new role,” Ailawadi said. “Heart and vascular disease is a team sport and the team at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center is full of renowned experts. We’re national leaders in treating heart disease and I want to continue to elevate our profile.”

Ailawadi, a champion for innovation in surgery, has expertise in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and percutaneous/transcatheter valve therapy, complex and redo heart surgery and surgery of the thoracic aorta.

He attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate and then while completing a surgery residency at Michigan, Ailawadi spent two research years investigating and understanding the development of aortic aneurysms. His work was recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Lifeline Association and was chosen as the top research project in 2003. While at Michigan, he received the Top Resident and Young Investigator awards. He then completed his training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery as chief resident at the University of Virginia. He joined the faculty there in 2007.

He was the first surgeon in the U.S. to perform hybrid AF ablation and the MitraClip procedure and the world’s first transcaval TEVAR procedure. He has performed more than 600 minimally invasive valve operations and roughly 4,000 heart operations. He is one of five principal investigators leading the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network-linked research consortium (NIH), developing new trials in cardiac surgery.

In addition, he is the surgical principal investigator for the Summit Trial investigating TENDYNE, a transcatheter mitral valve replacement without stopping the heart.

Ailawadi succeeds Richard L. Prager, M.D., who served as interim chair since February 2018.

“I’m honored to follow Dr. Prager’s leadership in promoting quality and diversity,” Ailawadi said. “He has left big shoes to fill and I’m excited to take on this challenge.”

NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies Mini Symposium Series: Climate Change, the Environment and Health

Posted on September 17, 2020

It is impossible to ignore the evidence of the past decade – wildfires have made air on the west coast incredibly hazardous and children have been poisoned by drinking water at crucial ages of development. The environment we have created for ourselves is a serious threat to our health.

Eva Feldman, MD, PhD, Director of the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies, will moderate the 30-minute mini symposium that discusses both global and local impacts that the environment has on our health. Along with Dr. Feldman, presentations will be made by Jonathan Overpeck, PhD, Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability, who will address climate change and environmental justice; Stuart Batterman, PhD, a professor from the U-M School of Public Health, who will discuss how contaminants in the air affect your health; and Stephen Goutman, MD, MS, director of the Pranger ALS Clinic, who will talk about the association between environmental pollution and ALS.

Register for the Event