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Mary Ahn named vice provost for faculty affairs at UMass Medical School

UMass Medical School Communications

March 10, 2021

The appointment of Mary Ahn, MD, as vice provost for faculty affairs effective May 1 has been announced by Terence R. Flotte, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Ahn, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry training, will oversee all aspects of faculty administration, including faculty appointments, promotion, tenure and post-tenure review; professional development for faculty; and oversight of the Office of Faculty Affairs.

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Mary Ahn, MD

“Given our institutional priority and commitment to enhancing the diversity and inclusion of our faculty, Dr. Ahn will partner with leaders in all academic departments, in our three schools and with teams across our organization—diversity and inclusion, human resources, student life and health equity among them—to advance our goals on this front,” Dean Flotte said.

“My vision for the Office of Faculty Affairs is to mentor and coach faculty across their career development lifespan in achieving their scholarly and creative pursuits in an everchanging landscape of competing demands and opportunities, whether at home or at work,” said Ahn. “I look forward to providing inclusive and integrated programs for our diverse faculty across the three schools in collaboration with colleagues at the Medical School, the Clinician Experience Office and UMass Memorial Health Care.”

Ahn has served as a professional development resource and mentor to peer faculty as well as residents, fellows and medical students as a coach in the Office of the Chief Experience Officer; advisor to the Junior Faculty Development Program; and vice chair for academic affairs and career development and director of the Career Development and Research Office in the Department of Psychiatry. She is certified as a coach by the International Coaching Federation, the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners, and provides coaching to other academic institutions.

Board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, Ahn graduated from Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by postdoctoral, residency and fellowship training at McLean and Massachusetts General Hospitals and Harvard Medical School.

In his announcement, Flotte expressed his appreciation for Mary Ellen Lane, PhD, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, who has served as interim vice provost since last June.