Drs. Carrie Herzke and Kimberly Peairs have been promoted to vice chairs in the Department of Medicine.

After over five years of serving as Associate Vice Chair for Inpatient Operations, Dr. Carrie Herzke, assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, will become Vice Chair for Inpatient Operations. The move recognizes her extraordinary efforts to propel the DOM and the entire JHM enterprise forward in our efforts to act like an aligned hospital system with a professionalized medical staff. Her system-wide leadership throughout JHM’s COVID-19 response has been particularly impressive, and she has become an authoritative voice for hospital operations. In this role, she will have access to expanded resources to aid in her mission to act as the DOM liaison on JHH’s capacity management efforts, manage the operations and planning for inpatient beds at JHH, and more. We’d like to thank Dr. Herzke for her continued contributions not only during this hectic time where hospitalizations are at their peak, but throughout her tenure.

Dr. Kimberly Peairs, assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, will become Vice Chair for Ambulatory Operations. Dr. Peairs began her role as an associate vice chair in January of 2016, and has acted as a resource for divisions to ensure high quality patient- and family-centered outpatient care. Her work in the areas of clinic efficiency, provider workflow, performance-based program implementation and telemedicine have been an asset to our department and Johns Hopkins Medicine overall. She has adapted and responded quickly to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as telemedicine appointments reach an all-time high and clinics adjust to changing patient needs and testing capacities. We’d like to thank Dr. Peairs for her flexibility during this unprecedented time as well as her commitment to our providers and patients.

We are grateful to both Dr. Herzke and Dr. Peairs for accepting these roles during such a critical time. Our providers, trainees, staff and patients are better because of their many efforts.

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