Internal Medicine

VanderZyl appointed Chief of Staff

The Department of Internal Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda VanderZyl to the newly formed position as Chief of Staff. She joins Executive Vice Chair Karl Thomas and Assistant to the Chair Randy Jordison to provide much needed administrative support on a variety of departmental initiatives.

Amanda received two bachelor of arts degrees from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois -- philosophy and political science (graduating summa cum laude for each). She received her master of health administration and master of public health from the University of Iowa. Immediately following graduate school, Amanda served first as administrative intern, then administrative resident and, finally, program director for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Among many responsibilities, her work focused on the expansion of outreach clinics and inpatient programs and on QI initiatives. Since April 2011 she has been with the department serving as division administrator for the divisions of Pulmonary, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Primary Care.

Amanda will coordinate activities of the department’s administration, clinical, education and research units as they relate to my office,working closely with the Executive Vice Chair and Assistant to the Chair.

Her immediate project is to move the department's Five-Year Collegiate Review along to its completion in October. This is a huge task that will require the compilation of enormous amounts of data on every aspect of department life. She will work closely with each of the eight faculty committees appointed to review specific areas of department activity and in the end will guide the creation of a strategic plan for the coming five years.