Dr. Kimberly Peairs is our new vice chair for clinical affairs effective Feb. 1, 2022. She will lead our clinical vice chair team in order to further harmonize Department of Medicine clinical affairs across all campuses.
Dr. Peairs has proven to be an effective leader managing our ambulatory operations since 2016 when she began as associate vice chair for ambulatory operations. She was promoted to vice chair for ambulatory operations in 2020 when she took on expanded roles and responsibilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work in the areas of clinic efficiency, provider workflow, performance-based program implementation and telemedicine have been an asset to our department, and we cannot imagine navigating the pandemic without her leadership as telemedicine appointments reached an all-time high and clinics were forced to quickly adapt to changing patient needs and testing capacities.
Dr. Peairs is an associate professor of medicine and oncology and clinical director of General Internal Medicine at Greenspring Station. She came to Hopkins for medical school and residency and served as an assistant chief of service for the Osler Medical Residency before joining the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Her interest in cancer survivorship led her to found the Primary Care for Cancer Survivorship Group. In 2019, she was named a Center for Innovative Medicine Scholar in honor of her contributions in training physicians and nurses, advancing precision medicine and supporting medicine for the greater good.
In her new role, Dr. Peairs will expand her focus to both inpatient and outpatient operations to ensure patient care is delivered in an effective, safe, high-quality and patient-centered manner. She will work with other vice chairs, program directors and clinical directors to serve as the physician champion, advocate for clinical issues across the department and act as an important liaison to Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership.
We would like to express our gratitude to our former vice chair for clinical affairs, Dr. Lee Daugherty Biddison, who will remains dedicated to improving wellness across Johns Hopkins Medicine as Chief Wellness Officer, and will continue her work overseeing credentialing and professionalism for the Department of Medicine.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kim Peairs to her new role.